1986 Certificate: pg

Synopsis

The gloves are off for Sylvester Stallone as a big-rig trucker who tries to reconnect with his disdainful son through the medium of... arm-wrestling. For the sake of the boy's dying mother, father and son grit their teeth and hit the road to bond, bicker, grunt and grapple their way to the national championships in Las Vegas. Robert Loggia co-stars.

Director

  • Menahem Golan

Cast

  • Sylvester Stallone

  • Robert Loggia

  • David Mendenhall

  • Susan Blakely

Review

Arm-wrestling is the name of the game here, and the Rocky-style build-up is given an interesting twist by Sylvester Stallone's bicep-bulging trucker's battle for the heart and custody of his son (David Mendenhall) after the death of his ex-wife.

The film is on the long side for its story, as it's basically an unassuming little tug-of-love tale. But you'll be cheering for Sly on both custody and arm-wrestling fronts at the artfully-staged finale.