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½ May 28, 2017
This is a great addition to American cinema, and contains one of the greatest, most original screenplays.
April 15, 2017
Underrated gritty drama by Paul Schrader with first class performances by Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto. Under paid factory workers in Detroit make the mistake of stealing from their corrupt Union. 4/5
May 2, 2016
Blue Collar (1978) ????
Punchy but criminally underrated movie about three struggling workers who plan to blackmail their union. Critics lauded, but for whatever reason not many people saw it.
Super Reviewer
March 4, 2016
Paul Schrader's intelligent, well-observed, powerhouse drama about three Detroit production line automobile workers brilliantly played by Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto, who all deliver extraordinary dramatic performances, these three close friends find bills piling up and pressures bearing down on them, so they decide to rob their corrupt union office, but trio end up empty handed with no money, but find a suspicious ledger that links the union with organized crime, they try to blackmail the union for cash for the return of the ledger and find that they are way out of their league. Suddenly once loyal friendships turns to paranoia, betrayal, and murder. A serious underrated classic gem, and one of the last Hollywood films to explore the lives of the working class man. Schrader makes his impressive directorial debut with engrossing motion picture, which has a gripping screenplay by Paul Schrader & Leonard Schrader. A must-see! Highly Recommended.
January 6, 2016
The most wrongly neglected film of the Golden Age of the 1970s. This is the most truthful film about the death of the American working class in that decade. Bruce Springsteen romanticized this epochal event, Schrader doesn't. Raw, painful, brilliant ... and absolutely worth your time.
½ July 13, 2015
One of the best movies about the working man ever made and its the best performance I've seen from Richard Pryor in a movie he delivered a performance that's destined to be his best and the movie from start to finish is a knockout one that delivers like a pouch to the face and gets you caught up in the story, I really enjoyed this movie Its a great film.
January 30, 2015
Three Detroit auto workers, tired of shabby treatment by management and union, get in over their head when they orchestrate a small heist of union funds which uncovers evidence of union corruption. Pryor, Keitel and Kotto are all outstanding, especially Pryor whose effortless charisma shines through in simple scenes such as watching the Jeffersons and complaining about his broken locker. Filmed in the Motor City, where the working man drank Stroh's.
November 28, 2013
If you are a fan of the late Richard Pryor, like me, who ranks him as my favorite "philosopher," you should see this movie. It's probably his best performance as an actor.
October 11, 2013
Unpleasant yet captivating bleak satire of 1970s working class values set against the rather conventional and paper thin (but nonetheless engaging) plot; held together by a trifecta of strikingly dynamic and deeply hard boiled but ultimately intensely humane performances by Pryor, Keitel, and Kotto.
September 10, 2013
This is Richard Pryor's most underrated performance ever! It totally blows my mind that they didn't want to use him in more serious films after this. I do enjoy his 80's comedic films but he could have been making more important films such as this. Everyone else shines in this as well but Pryor blows everyone away and Paul Schrader as always is a master of these kinds of gritty,realistic underrated drama's.
August 9, 2013
Gritty, but a little mundane. Pryor kept it interesting.
July 30, 2013
This movie sucked hard. Proving that critics and audiences alike have no taste.
½ May 26, 2013
A film about corruption in trade unions (typical 1970s) and the ability of high levels to make the workers in-fight to stop any uprising, Richard Pryor is quite funny at times in this
May 2, 2013
The tone shifted constantly from comedy/buddy film to an intense societal study which made it feel uneven at times, but Richard Pryor's performance is electric and some of the scenes are really powerful.
March 28, 2013
Tense, frightening and disturbing. It doesn't provide solutions, but it definitely illustrates the struggles middle class faces day in and out. Even though the movie is 35 years old it's just as relevant today.
February 28, 2013
Said to contain Richard Pryor's best performance.... can't miss it.
December 22, 2012
By far the best film Paul Schrader ever done
Super Reviewer
November 24, 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.
October 27, 2012
Richard Pryor's best film. Three auto plant line workers steal a union safe containing incriminating loan details. You can feel how hard it is to get ahead with a factory job in the 70s. Works because you can relate to the characters and the decisions they make. I like how he can't get the union to fix his locker and how former drinking buddies Pryor and Keitel end up on opposite sides.
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