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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Steve's Church-Less Movie Of The Week, Part 1 ...

Ladies and gentlemen, today we watch one of the world's best dramatic action comedies ever set in the high stakes world of professional arm wrestling ...

Yoinked from the wiki ...

"Over the Top is a 1987 dramatic arm wrestling action film starring Sylvester Stallone and is produced and directed by Menahem Golan. It is about a long haul truck driver who tries to win back his alienated son while also becoming a champion arm wrestler. The screenplay was written by Stirling Silliphant and Sylvester Stallone. The original music score is composed by Giorgio Moroder. Legendary hardcore wrestler terry Funk plays Ruker. This film also features veteran character actor Robert Loggia.

The promotional side of the film used a number of taglines which included 'Lincoln Hawk will fight for his son the only way he knows how,' 'driving headlong towards the biggest fight of his life,' 'some fight for money... Some fight for glory... He's fighting for his son's love,' and 'Rocky, Rambo, Cobra and now Hawk, in the biggest fight of his life.'

A toy line was released in 1986 by LewCo, based on the film. The line contained figures that you could use to stage your own arm wrestling matches, thanks to a knob on the back. The line was a blend of film characters and real arm-wrestlers, and were endorsed by the International Arm Wrestling Council. There was also a scaled-down table for the figures to wrestle on, as well as a life-size one for kids to wrestle with. In addition, there was a workout set with a set of small weights with a cord with arm and wrist bands and a 20-inch tall version of the Lincoln Hawk figure.

There is some confusion over the actual name of Stallone's character. In the credits, he is listed as Lincoln Hawk. In addition, the door on his original truck says, 'Hawk.' However, Robert Loggia's character refers to him variously as Hawks and Hawk, as do many members of the supporting cast. Finally, Hawk writes a letter to his wife and addresses it to Christina Hawks.

A soundtrack album was released in 1987 to coincide with the release of the movie. It contains music from Frank Stallone, Kenny Loggins (who performs the film's central theme, 'Meet Me Half Way'), Eddie Money, and Sammy Hagar. John Wetton, lead singer of the rock group Asia, sang 'Winner Takes It All' for the movie, but after performing the song, it was felt that his voice wasn't 'mean' enough, so the song was offered to Sammy Hagar, whose version ended up being the one on the soundtrack."

Sammy Hagar: Winner Takes It All (Over The Top Theme)

Steve's Snacks Of The Week:




Hershey's Hugs

Whatever Else I Can Find Because We Have No Food Up In Here

Couldn't find this movie online for free anywhere, so I'm at it alone until I kick off part two. I might show off some of the awesome pictures I took last night at Jen's place for intermission, then off to violencetown. So stay tuned.

And here is what we've seen so far ...

December 7th: Godzilla VS Mecha-Godzilla
December 14th: Godzilla VS Mothra
December 21st: Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster
December 28th: Lord of the Rings (Rifftrack edition)
January 4th: Godzilla VS The Sea Monster
January 11th: Series 7 (The Contenders)
January 18th: House of Wax
January 25th: Police Story 3
February 1st: Left Behind the Movie
February 15th: Godzilla VS Megalon
February 22nd: Jesus Christ Superstar
March 1st (part 1): Duck Soup
March 1st (part 2): Godzilla Final Wars
March 8th (part 1): Godzilla VS The Smog Monster
March 8th (part 2): The Three Caballeros
March 15th: Sonny Chiba's "The Street Fighter" (free to watch)
March 29th (part 1): I Bury The Living
March 29th (part 2): Drive-In Massacre (free to watch)
April 15th: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (free to watch)
April 25th (part 1): Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
April 25th (part 2): Godzilla Tokyo S.O.S. (free to watch)
May 3rd (part 1): Sex Madness (free to watch)
May 3rd (part 2): Frankenstein Conquers the World
May 10th (part 1): Muppet Treasure Island
May 10th (part 2): La Bamba (free to watch)
May 17th: Mothra (free to watch)
May 31st: Mega-Shark VS Giant Octopus (free to watch)
June 7th: Tommy (free to watch)
June 14th: Roger Corman's Fantastic Four (part 1 - free to watch)
June 14th: Rodan (part 2 - free to watch)
June 24th: MST3K's Godzilla VS Megalon (free to watch)
June 28th: Last Man On Earth (free to watch)

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