Over the Top

Over the Top

Menahem Golan (1987)

89min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Dating from the post-Rambo period when Sylvester Stallone's career was in the doldrums, this tacky drama has its roots in that old Wallace Beery classic The Champ. Here, boxing is replaced by arm wrestling, as trucker Sly tries to re-establish a relationship with his military academy-trained son on a make-up or break trek across the States. The grapple scenes are so devoid of thrills that you long to return to the mushy melodramatics. It's slick enough, but you expect more from a script co-written by Stallone and Stirling Silliphant, who won an Oscar for his work on In the Heat of the Night.

Summary

A hard-bitten trucker who has made his name as a formidable arm-wrestler clashes with his hostile father-in-law in an attempt to win back the affection of his estranged son. Action drama, starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert Loggia and Susan Blakely.

Cast & Crew

Lincoln Hawk Sylvester Stallone
Jason Cutler Robert Loggia
Christina Hawk Susan Blakely
Bob `Bull' Hurley Rick Zumwalt
Michael Cutler David Mendenhall
Tim Salanger Chris McCarty
Collins Allan Graf
Ruker Terry Funk
Director Menahem Golan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for some of its language, and contains some violence. Available on: video and DVD
Drama