Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Oct 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A truck driver rises to power in the union as he tries to fight for the rights of his fellow workers.
My Take on it – This is a film that I had heard about years ago, but never really had much of an inclination to watch how Sylvester Stallone could pull off the role of a union organizer and fighter.
This film serves the history of the unions and their fights quite well and we get to see what made them powerful when negotiating for better benefits with the owners of the companies they work for.
Unfortunately tho, they don’t manage to keep things engaging enough for over two hours and gets boring far too often along the way.
The choice of Stallone in the lead was an intriguing idea especially since he just finished making a name for himself as Rocky Balboa, but his portrayal is quite banal and he doesn’t bring anything unique to the character that would make his shine.
The way that the battles between the unions and companies have their ups and down throughout the way they are shown in the movie but the story stays predictable the entire time.
This hurts the attempt to make this film seem unique because it feels as if it constantly is retreading over familiar ground that has been covered so many other times before.
Bottom Line – Does an interesting job portraying the way that the unions were formed and stuck together in order to get more benefits for their members but ultimately doesn’t manage to keep things engaging for over two hours. Stallone is an intriguing choice for the lead yet he fails to bring anything to his character that would make him more than one dimensional. The battles between the unions and the companies they work for have their ups and downs here but the story moves in a very predictable arc that hurts the uniqueness of the storyline because it retreads over familiar ground the whole way through.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Newly a big star, Sylvester Stallone was frequently hounded, screamed at, and sought out to be touched by fans during principal photography on this picture. Thousands of fans from more than one hundred miles away gathered daily to filming locations in Dubuque, Iowa chanting “Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!” from behind rope and police barriers, and frequently only a block away from the on-set filming. Reportedly, Stallone would make about three pilgrimages a day to the security barriers to shake hands with fans, pose for photos taken with their Instamatic cameras, let some of the more daring kiss him. When time did not allow for signing autographs, Stallone apparently would say: “You’d only lose it. A handshake lasts forever!” (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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