Blue Collar (1978)

This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!

“[just before the union break-in] Maybe we should’ve robbed a liquor store like everybody else.” – Zeke

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 May 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Three union workers attempt to steal from the union but instead decide to blackmail them which causes more problems than they could ever imagine.

Bottom Line – Really powerful story that works on numerous levels. The cast is superb with Richard Pryor, Yaphet Kotto and Harvey Keitel all doing great jobs with these roles. The story unfolds in a really engaging way that helps make things even more powerful and poignant. The story moves in some great ways that helps show the way that these kind of things can happen while also allowing us to see the complex way that unions work. Pryor really stands out here in this role because unlike most of his other roles, this one is far more dramatic and doesn’t have much comedic moments, yet he still shines throughout. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to “The Back Row, Robin’s Underrated Gems: Blue Collar”, the film “had one of the more tumultuous shoots that a Director could experience, which nearly gave Writer and Director Paul Schrader a nervous breakdown and caused him to quit the film business (for a while). The incident that nearly caused Schrader to have a mental breakdown, was when (Richard Pryor) (likely in a drug-fueled rage) actually pulled a gun on him and told him there was no way he was ever going to do more than three takes for a scene!” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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