Over the Top

1987 PG 1h 33m Blu-ray / DVD

Over the Top

1987 PG 1h 33m Blu-ray / DVD
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Trucker Lincoln Hawk hopes to reunite with the son he abandoned years earlier. Standing in Hawk's way is the boy's unforgiving grandfather, who will retain custody of his grandson unless Hawk wins the prize money in a national arm-wrestling contest.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1, Full Screen 1.33:1
English SDH, French
English: Dolby True HD, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
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age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Over the Top is a 1987 movie in which Sylvester Stallone plays a truck driver trying to make amends with his estranged son while also trying to redeem himself by winning an arm-wrestling tournament. The music, montages, and hair alone make this movie more '80s than the '80s were, and for all its cheese, it still manages to be entertaining. There is violence: fistfights, car chases, and, of course, lots and lots of arm wrestling. A boy is bullied, but the whole situation arises because his father asks the bullies to arm-wrestle the boy; the bullies proceed to call him names like "wimp" and "girl" before the boy finds it within himself to out-arm-wrestle the bullies. There is also some profanity, including "s--t" and "a--hole." Product logos are rampant, especially at the end for the big arm-wrestling championship.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


A boy runs into oncoming highway traffic to escape his father, narrowly avoids getting hit, and causes an accident. Fistfights in a bar. Some bullying -- a boy arm-wrestles another on a pinball table and makes verbal threats about ripping his arm off. A boy runs away from his grandfather's mansion and steals a truck; he's underage and drives recklessly. A car chase leads to a crash.


Occasional profanity, growing in frequency toward the end: "s--t," "a--hole," "hell," "ass." Bullies call a boy a "wimp" and "a girl."

Social Behavior

Talk of never quitting, always doing your best.


Characters wear hats and T-shirts advertising Budweiser, Alka-Seltzer, Sportscreme, and Duracell.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Beer drinking in a bar. A boy's grandfather drinks alcohol.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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