Blue Collar 1978

Blue Collar

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When Detroit autoworkers Zeke Brown (Richard Pryor), Jerry Bartowski (Harvey Keitel) and Smokey James (Yaphet Kotto) decide to rob their own union, they are initially disappointed by the relatively small haul. However, upon closer inspection, the three amateur thieves discover that they have made off with something potentially much more valuable than money: the union's ledger, filled with bogus figures and links to organized crime. Should they blackmail the union or go to the authorities?

Cast & Crew

Harvey Keitel
Jerry Bartowski
Yaphet Kotto
Smokey James
Harry Bellaver
Eddie Johnson Union President AAW Local 291
Lucy Saroyan
Arlene Bartowski
Lane Smith
Clarence Hill, Union Steward
Cliff DeYoung
John Burrows
Borah Silver
Dogshit Miller, Foreman
Robin French
Executive Producer
Don Guest
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David Nichols
Associate Producer
Jack Nitzsche
Original Music
Bobby Byrne
Cinematographer
Ernst Rolf
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  • Mar 01, 2012
    "Blue Collar" proves yet again that Paul Schrader is one of the greatest, most underrated film makers out there; a man whose films are so consistently overlooked that it seems almost intentional. "Blue Collar" is the result of Schrader's excellence in writing and directing, and the performances that he musters from actors Keitel, Pryor and Kotto do his script a whole lot of justice. His film isn't as much a lesson in how to break free of the chains that blue collar workers find themselves in as much as it is a study in what living in those chains is like. It's tense and honest American film making, and it strikes a chord.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Oct 13, 2010
    Powerful first film from writer Paul Schrader, and his best film to date. It's a good story that is carried by powerful performances by it's three main actors. Keitel is good, but you've seen him do better. Kotto and Pryor are flawless, and they carry this movie. It's about three auto workers who decide to steal from their union and how it affects their lives and friendship afterwards. What really makes this film different is that most of it is a comedy and then it turns dark real fast. It's a hard to find film, but if you get a chance watch it you wont regret it. Again I have to give it up to Kotto and Pryor for their comic and dramatic performance.
    cody f Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2010
    Director Paul Schrader's film explores a little of what was wrong with the working class in the late '70s. Inflation, unemployment, corruption and how floorworkers in the auto-industry were continually fucked over. The film gives platform to a rock solid performance by Richard Pryor, which always seems to go unmentioned when most reflect on his career. This is a heist film that shows who is really being robbed. This is not a pro-union film such as Norma Rae. Here, the Union is inaffective and indifferent, at first, until truths are exposed as the story develops. Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto don't really come off as romanticized or even as anti-heroes, since their characters do drugs, cheat on their wives and commit petty crimes. When one of those petty crimes reveals more than expected, "THE MAN" works harder at tearing them apart than having them unite. Gritty character drama that deserves a little more recognition. <a href="http://s273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/?action=view¤t=bluecollar1978.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/bluecollar1978.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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  • Sep 20, 2010
    Surprisingly good and gritty 70's drama about three carworkers, Yaphet Kotto, Harvey Keitel, & a straight-playing Richard Prior, trying to stick it to the man/company/union. .
    Lesley N Super Reviewer

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