Over the Top (1987)


“The world meets nobody halfway. When you want something, you gotta take it. ” – Lincoln Hawk

Number of Times Seen – Between 3-5 times (Cable in the 80’s and 16 Aug 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A trucker trying to start a new life with his estranged son enters a National arm wrestling championship in order to have the finances to raise his son properly.

My Take on it – After recently listening to the LambCast featuring the 1987 draft, I was reminded of this film and decided to give it another try despite not having such fond memories of it due to its really silly premise.

Despite being mentioned numerous times of the podcast, this film was not chosen for any of the teams.. cant say I’m real surprised by that tho. 🙂

Yes. Even 30 years later, I’m baffled that this film was even made.

The premise is quite silly based solely on the fact that the main conflict has to do with Arm Wrestling.

The themes that they try to put forth about the father-son relationship could have worked under other circumstances, but they have no chance here because they are overshadowed by men showing off their arm muscles.

I’m still shocke dthat people were interested in seeing Rocky Balboa/John Rambo arm wrestle over and over.

The only thing that rteally is good in this film is the music, which is chosen quite well.

The best tho is the theme song sung by Kenny Loggins – Meet Me Half Way.

I suggest that instead of watching this movie, just check out the song itself here.

You’ll thank me for it later, if you ever try and watch this really bad film.

Bottom Line – Terrible film that really is quite silly.  The idea that people would be interested in seeing Stallone arm-wrestle over and over is just absurd. I liked the overall idea about creating a connection between father and son, but this is not the way to present such a theme. The Kenny Loggins theme song is the only thing really worth watching this film for.  I suggest you listen to the song on YouTube instead of wasting your time watching this turkey.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Years later, Sylvester Stallone explained why he agreed to appear in this movie, saying, “Menahem Golan kept offering me more and more money, until I finally thought, ‘What the hell – no one will see it!'” (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy

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2 thoughts on “Over the Top (1987)

  1. I didn’t think it was that bad. Sure, the armwrestling gets silly, but I thought the father/son aspect still worked, and that was most of the film until the end. It’s far from perfect, though, so I can only defend it so far. 🙂

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