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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, Rovi

  • Release date:February 13, 1987


Sylvester Stallone
as Lincoln Hawk
Robert Loggia
as Jason Cutler
Susan Blakely
as Christina Hawk
Rick Zumwalt
as Bob "Bull" Hurley
David Mendenhall
as Michael Cutler
Chris McCarty
as Tim Salenger
Terry Funk
as Ruker
Ed Levitt
as Referee
Randy Raney
as Mad Dog Madison
Terry Burns
as Doctor
Norman Howell
as Man
William Nichols Buck
as Doctor
Michael Fox
as Jim Olson
Bruce Way
as Grizzly
Flo Gerrish
as Martha The Waitress
Reggie Bennett
as Female Arm Wrestler
Allan Graf
as Collins
Jimmy E. Keegan
as "Big Boy"/Richie
Rex Pierson
as Man
Joshua Patton
as Arm Wrestler
Dale Benson
as Salesman
Gregory Braendel
as Limo Driver
Richard Giachetti
as Landis
Jack Wright
as Big Bill Larson
Alexa Lambert
as Cocktail Waitress
Magic Schwartz
as Smasher
Seth Mitchell
as First Policeman
Kelly Sahnger
as Cashier
Sam Scarber
as Bosco
Tony Munafo
as Tony
James H. Shana
as Officer
Dean Abston
as Turnkey
James Mendenhall
as Minister
Ross St. Phillip
as McBroom
Danny Capri
as Third Boy
Joe Kiel
as Taxi Driver
Rose Dursey
as Hospital Clerk
Bob Beattie
as Announcer
Sly Ali Smith
as Red Cap
Dave Patton
as Trainer


Menahem Golan
Menahem Golan
Yoram Globus
Rony Yacov
Gary Conway
Screen Story
Sylvester Stallone
Stirling Silliphant
David Gurfinkel
Frank Stallone
Giorgio Moroder
Composer (Music Score)
Paula Erickson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Tom Whitlock
Don Zimmerman
Duncan Henderson
Production Designer
Tony Munafo
Associate Producer
James D. Brubaker
Executive Producer
Ross Gallichotte
Set Designer
Tom Bronson
Costume Designer
Pete Antico
Gary McLarty
Ron Surma
Christina Smith