Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1987. Cannon Group, Golan-Globus Productions, Warner Bros.. Story by Stirling Silliphant, Sylvester Stallone, Screenplay by Gary Conway, David Engelbach. Cinematography by David Gurfinkel. Produced by Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan. Music by Giorgio Moroder. Production Design by James L. Schoppe. Costume Design by Tom Bronson. Film Editing by James R. Symons, Don Zimmerman.
A family drama that takes place in the oh-so fascinating world of…arm wrestling? Okay, not thrilling, but not terrible either. Sylvester Stallone plays an unhappy truck driver whose only release from his mundane life is competing in the sport at which he and his big arm muscles excel. His major disappointment in life comes from his estrangement from his son, who lives with Stallone’s ex-wife and has never really gotten to know him. When his mother falls ill, the boy is encouraged to spend time with his dad, and the two of them bond while visiting competitions in glitzy Las Vegas. Stallone gives it a lot of genuine heart, and David Mendenhall is great as the kid, but the overall effect is only for fans of the star or the subject.