Over the Top (1987)

PG   |    |  Action, Drama, Sport


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Tough trucker Lincoln Hawk is determined to win back his son and triumph at the world arm wrestling championships.

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  • Sylvester Stallone in Over the Top (1987)
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  • Sylvester Stallone in Over the Top (1987)
  • Sylvester Stallone and David Mendenhall in Over the Top (1987)

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17 December 2005 | BeyondRosebud
8
| A real crowd-pleaser
It's hard to dislike Over The Top. Sure, it can get corny, old-fashioned, far-fetched (the gate-crashing scene, fun and unbelievable.) The movie sorta plays like a cross between Highway to Heaven and THe A-Team. But somehow, you find yourself watching despite whatever 'good judgment' you think you might have regarding the cinema. You get swept up in the film's good vibes. You care about what happens to Hawke and his son. Most of the credit for this has to go to Sylvester Stallone. He plays the part of a truck driver coping with the new experience of getting to know his twelve-year-old son for the first time quite well. You care because you sense how much HE cares. it is conveyed by a sure delivery from Stallone. His character never seems too slight or well, too Over the top. There is a bond that slowly forms between him and his son. And the movie has a great "training" montage complete with great song that will remind you of what was so good about the Rocky films. David Mendenhall agreeably plays the part of Mike with the combination of distrust, arrogance and vulnerability you would expect from someone his age who went thru what he did.. No, he's not Haley Joel Osmont. We won't leave the movie shaking our heads at his incredible,precocious talent. That doesn't mean he didn't acquit himself nicely in the film. Robert Loggia's role could have been fleshed out a little more. He seems to much like a comic-strip villain. The film could have delved more into his reasons for hating Hawke. that part could have been beefed up a bit.

I enjoyed the Arm-wrestling backdrop. It was a refreshing change for movies of that era that boasted big stars like Stallone. Usually, movies that were sport-specific other than the trad football, baseball, or boxing stories tended to use people who were less known (Gotcha, Gleaning the Cube)

A good film. warm, funny, exciting. The better face of the Eighties cinema.

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A real-life "Over The Top" arm wrestling tournament was created once the movie was approved for production. Organizers worked closely with producers at Cannon Films in hosting the tournament while the film was being made. The contest was described as "the biggest event in arm-wrestling history." Beginning with the first qualifier in Beverly Hills in August 1985, the competition lasted a year throughout North America and included qualifying events in Europe, Israel, and Japan. The finale took place on July 26th, 1986, with an 18-hour marathon tournament at the Las Vegas Hilton. The movie featured many real-life arm-wrestlers and footage from the Vegas finals. The only exceptions were the scenes that featured Sylvester Stallone, whose matches were filmed the day after the real finals. The same location was used, and the extras who made up the audience in those scenes were the same fans who had filled the venue the day before.


Quotes

Michael Cutler: I don't believe this. All that talk about never giving up is all lies. You never believed it yourself. And what you said to me, remember? "Now is the time to do it for yourself". "The world meets nobody halfway". "If you want it, you gotta take it".


Goofs

When Lincoln Hawk is announced as the last finalist, he sits in front of the truck with his right elbow wrapped in a towel. The shot cuts away, and when it comes back to Hawk, the towel is in his back pocket and he puts it on again.


Alternate Versions

The version broadcast on TV (most notably on TBS) contains a different version of the opening song "In This Country".


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Frank Stallone
Written by Frank Stallone & Peter Schless (as Peter H. Schless)
Produced by Frank Stallone & Peter Schless (as Peter H. Schless)

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