After winning the heavyweight boxing championship and single-handedly winning the war in Vietnam for America, Sylvester Stallone moves on to a real challenge -- arm wrestling -- in this action drama with a family undercurrent. Lincoln Hawk (Stallone) is a long-haul truck driver who years ago abandoned his wife Christina (Susan Blakely) and their son Michael (David Mendenhall). Hawk comes to see the error of his ways and wants to reconcile with his loved ones, only to discover that Christina is in the hospital suffering through the last stages of a terminal illness. Her wealthy and powerful father, Jason Cutler (Robert Loggia), has come to hate Hawk for the way he left his daughter to fend for herself, and he wants full custody of the boy upon her death. But Hawk is desperate to mend his relationship with Michael. He kidnaps the boy, and as Jason's hired goons give chase, Hawk points his truck toward the one place where he can win the money and recognition that will earn his son's respect -- a wrist-wrestling championship in Las Vegas. Actor Sylvester Stallone also co-wrote the screenplay.~Mark Deming
First off, I had no clue this film was available on Blu-ray. Secondly, I had completely forgot about this movie. Lastly, it was very reasonably priced. Often times, regardless of how good a film is, retailers will overprice the movie just because there isn't an abundance of stores carrying the film. Needless to say, I grinned when I came across this BR and snatched it up immediately. I have an enormous BR library and very very rarely do i come across a film that I truly like & don't have, already. Over the Top, while it will never be on the 'World's Greatest Films' list, it's a movie I enjoyed as a kid and holds nostalgic value, to me. Bet I've watched it 10x's since buying the film, from Best Buy. Surprisingly, Over the Top's BR transfer looks pretty good, considering the age of the movie and the grainy poor pic quality of the DVD.
Love Stallone, and this one is no exception. Sly (in his younger days), but was a great actor even back then in 1987. We had this on VHS, and the overall quality of the very inexpensive Blu-Ray is excellent.
Excellent 80's cheese. Stallone tries to reconnect with his estranged uppity son on a road trip. There's also lots of arm wrestling. Nostalgia gets the best of me with this one. Stallone is in top form here.