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Over the Top (1987)



Critic 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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A caring truck driver, wants only to gain custody of his beloved son after his ex-wife becomes deathly ill. Unfortunately his wife's powerful and wealthy father refuses to let that happen. Also, the son is angry and disrespectful because he so seldom sees his dad. In order to prove himself to his boy, the trucker enters an arm-wrestling contest.

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Sylvester Stallone
as Lincoln Hawk
David Mendenhall
as Michael Cutler / Michael Hawk
Robert Loggia
as Jason Cutler
Susan Blakely
as Christina Cutler-Hawk
Rick Zumwalt
as Bob 'Bull' Hurley
Chris McCarty
as Tim Salanger
Bob Beattie
as Announcer
Allan Graf
as Collins
Robert Eazor
as Head Referee
Bruce Way
as Grizzly
Jimmy E. Keegan
as `Big Boy'/Richie
John Braden
as Col. Davis
Randy Raney
as Mad Dog Madison
Paul Sullivan
as Carl Adams
Jack Wright
as Big Bill Larson
Michael Fox
as Jim Olson
Seth Mitchell
as First Policeman
Dale Benson
as Salesman
Joe Kiel
as Taxi Driver
Dean Abston
as Turnkey
Flo Gerrish
as Martha, the Waitress
David Van Gorder
as Second Boy
Reggie Bennett
as Female Arm Wrestler
Joshua Patton
as Arm Wrestler
Danny Capri
as Third Boy
Gregory Braendel
as Limo Driver
Rose Dursey
as Hospital Clerk
Marion Mickens II
as Officer of the Day
Dave Patton
as Trainer
Alexa Lambert
as Cocktail Waitress
Bob Eazor
as Referee
Ed Levitt
as Referee
Bob Rogers
as Referee
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Critic Reviews for Over the Top

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (8)

It's a technique that gives new meaning to the term ''feeling had.''

March 27, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The only diversion is keeping track of the shameless advertising plugs that dot the film, like toadstools after a rain.

March 27, 2019 | Full Review…

The way to a kid's heart is through his daddy's biceps, though this big daddy looks more like terminal Dada.

February 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Routinely made in every respect.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Inevitably there is a bicep-bursting climax in Vegas, and even though he does wear clip-on ties, it is impossible not to root for the New Yorkie Bar man.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

The film seems to advocate reason as a good first approach to any problem, and all-out destruction as the next best thing.

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Over the Top


Over the Top is one of those low budget action flicks of the 80's that relies on recycled ideas from previous films. In this case, this is basically Rocky with Arm Wrestling. Menahem Golan directs this picture, and the result is a somewhat decent action flick that has plenty of flaws, but is worth seeing at least once. The film's title is appropriate for this film, as it is a very silly idea for a film. I had heard plenty of things from this film, but I was slightly disappointed with this film, and the end result is a picture that leaves a lot to be desired. Although entertaining, this is a film that is quite forgettable and is not one that is Sylvester Stallone's best. Luckily for Sly he has made some stellar films before this one, and he would recapture his magic with Rambo III. The film is amusing for what it is, and it plays out like a guilty pleasure. Is the film decent, yes it is, but is not a film that is worth re watching again and again. The film's biggest problem is the formulaic plot and predictable ending. Another factor is the acting, it is quite subpar for Stallone, and he is underwhelming here as well. The actor playing his kid is quite annoying and just ruined the overall enjoyment. Over the Top could have been a great film, and it did have some ideas that worked, but most of the time, the film fell a little flat and it simply just left a lot to be desired in terms of a quality film. I liked it, but it was decent and nothing ever great. The lazy script and lack of original ideas was what made this one not standout among Sly's other films.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Sly wins the hearts of everyone again as the underdog arm-wrestling champion Lincoln Hawk. It's more a father and son movie than anything else, but no one should downgrade it for being family friendly. It's so good at what it is and Sly gets to cause enough destruction even within the PG guidelines. It's very 80s and sort've in the same reign as Tango and Cash, which I'm a huge fan of also.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


Stallone's one of my favorite actors of all time, and this is a good movie, but not one of my favorites from the Stallone library. I prefer more action.

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

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