Over the Top

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Over the Top ★½ 1986 (PG)

The film that started a nationwide arm-wrestling craze. A slow-witted trucker decides the only way he can retain custody of his estranged son, as well as win the boy's respect, is by winning a big arm-wrestling competition. Stallone is an expert at grinding these movies out by now, and the kid (General Hospital's Mikey) is all right, but the end result is boredom, as it should be with an arm-wrestling epic. 94m/C VHS, DVD . Sylvester Stallone, Susan Blakely, Robert Loggia, David Mendenhall; D: Menahem Golan; W: Sylvester Stallone, Gary Conway, Stirling Silliphant. Golden Raspberries ‘87: Worst Support. Actor (Mendenhall), Worst New Star (Mendenhall).