Over the Top
Some fight for money... Some fight for glory... He's fighting for his son's love.
Sylvester Stallone stars as hard-luck big-rig trucker Lincoln Hawk and takes us under the glaring Las Vegas lights for all the boisterous action of the World Armwrestling Championship. Relying on wits and willpower, Hawk tries to rebuild his life by capturing the first-place prize money - and the love of the son he abandoned years earlier into the keeping of his his rich, ruthless father-in-law.
If you find yourself not able to sleep at 1 AM, I do not suggest that you play this movie -- even if you do have it on your iPhone. I don't care if you been meaning to watch it forever, and you've figured now is a good time.
When it's over, you won't be able to go to sleep. You're going to want to start working out and thinking about what it takes to get a truck and eventually arm wrestle some bitches. That can't be healthy if you're trying to get a good night's sleep.
PS – this movie just very well may be awesome…
I can't believe I just watched a movie that takes competitive arm wrestling seriously. This is exactly why I don't like most 80's movies. Yes, it's a little charming at times, but mostly I just found it to be a formulaic 80's cheese-fest with a ripped Sylvester Stallone thrown in for star power. There's no reason this film should exist. Don't watch it unless you have to, like I did for the mystery march challenge. Oh, the things I do for love...
Hands down, the best movie about child custody and arm-wrestling that was ever made...
"The world meets nobody halfway. When you want something, you gotta take it."
Possibly the most inspiring film ever made. If your not ready to go out and win your own personal arm wrestling battle by the end of this film, you never will be. Couple the inspiring message with one amazing soundtrack, and your dealing with a legendary film. I hope that when future civilizations dig up and discover our forgotten ruined cities, this is the first movie that is discovered. Actually, what am I saying. Entire future civilization will use this movie as a foundation for their society, with Lincoln Hawk worshiped as a god. The god who took it higher, and fought with fire.
On one hand it seems like they really shot themselves in the foot with this one, I mean arm wrestling, seriously? How's that gonna work as a movie? But the story at its core, about a father and son reconnecting and bonding on the road, trucking and eating at diners and doing what truckers do, is fine.
Too bad it gets lost in its many melodramatic and completely unnecessary side plots, like the mother dying of cancer, the evil billionaire grandfather plotting to get the kid all to himself, rednecks trying to kidnap him and god knows what else. It doesn't help that the kid is an obnoxious snot nosed brat that's smarter than all the adult.
There's also no…
So this movie is about arm wrestling.
It's a fun bad 1980s movie about competitive arm wrestling starring Sylvester Stallone, what did you expect?
Sly arm wrestles for the custody of his kid. That's the entire movie. It has its moments of charm but it is a movie that brings macho bullshit to a new level. As one reviewer said, "I can't believe I watched a movie that takes competitive arm wrestling seriously." There is a lot of slow motion shots of people's faces who look like they're about to shit themselves.
You won't believe some of these scenes are real.
Interesting facts about Over the Top:
Years later, Sylvester Stallone explained why he agreed to appear in this movie, saying, "(Producer) Menahem Golan kept offering me more and more money, until I finally thought, 'What the hell - no one will see it!'"
Can't believe I've never seen this movie before. It's clearly the best arm wrestling film of all time. Watch it now.
Maybe the most 80's "action" movie to ever exist. Every plot-point you'd imagine is found in here. But, the beauty of this film lays in the subject. Arm wrestling might the worst thing to base a movie around ever. Such a by-the-numbers movie about a subject no one cares about. Still, I found myself laughing constantly. The sheer amount of slow-mo face grimaces is worth a look within itself. 120 movies to go.
Tell me if this sounds familiar? A kid meets their father for the first time, the mother passes away, father stuggles to make money... kind of sounds like Real Steel (2011), and Real Steel is less boring leading up to the final showdown.
It would have been better if it was less traveling with the kid, and include more arm wrestling matches leading up to the competition in Las Vegas. I would give this film more stars if it was the last 30 or so minutes. It just seemed to drag showing the audience this relationship between father and son grow in real time.
I will try to better next time, but for now, Peace and Love Brothers and Sisters.
Forget the naysayers, this is melodramatic 80s cheese at it's finest. It loses half a star as the kid is annoying and looks like a mini David Hasselhoff but the arm wrestling is great and Stallone is on top form.
Lincon Hawk is a hero! I can't believe having not watched this film for over 20 years it still got me pumped up to have an arm wrestle. With no Bull Hurly in the room I had to challenged my girlfriend, who was more pumped than me.
"You ain't shit!" she pronounced, downing a litre of castrol .
"I heard you're the man to beat," I retorted.
In a nutshell it is Rocky has an arm-wrestle. Awesome!
★★½ Added 23 Mar, 2013
Surprisingly enjoyable Daddy Issues film that boasts a reasonably, and surprisingly GOOD performance from lead/screenwriter Sylvester Stallone. The dialogue is cheesy and borderlines on Rocky plagiarism at certain times. And the montage segment involving Sly and his 'son' (a great candidate for The Omen, I'd say) really takes the cake for hammy 80's drama - complete with unheard of Synth-based Poison rip-off. There's some nice moments for Sly, but he really does kinda shoot himself in the foot by creating a character like 'Mikey' and making him completely insufferable and intolerable. I straight out wanted to fucking murder him from the moment he spoke.