Over The Top

Over The Top
Over The Top
  • PG
  • 1h 34m
  • 1987
Rotten27%
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Some fight for money. Some fight for glory. He's fighting for his son's love. Sylvester Stallone blends action with sentimentality in this family action drama as struggling trucker Lincoln Hawk who, following the death of his estranged wife, strives to rebuild his life. Although he tries to make amends with the son he left years earlier, the boy wants little to do with his father--until Lincoln enters the national arm-wrestling competition in Las Vegas. Stallone co-wrote the screenplay.

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Critics Consensus: The definitive film about arm-wrestling truck drivers fighting for custody of their children, Over the Top lives down to its title in the cheesiest of ways.
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Cheesy but fun '80s action movie has violence, bullying.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Over the Top is a 1987 movie in which Sylvester Stallone plays a truck driver trying to make amends with his estranged son while also trying to redeem himself by winning an arm-wrestling tournament. The music, montages, and hair alone make this movie more '80s than the '80s were, and for all its cheese, it still manages to be entertaining. There is violence: fistfights, car chases, and, of course, lots and lots of arm wrestling. A boy is bullied, but the whole situation arises because his father asks the bullies to arm-wrestle the boy; the bullies proceed to call him names like "wimp" and "girl" before the boy finds it within himself to out-arm-wrestle the bullies. There is also some profanity, including "s--t" and "a--hole." Product logos are rampant, especially at the end for the big arm-wrestling championship.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:February 13, 1987
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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