“Rocky, Rambo, Cobra And Now Hawk, In The Biggest Fight Of His Life.”
This movie gets a bad rap. Sure the kid is a whiny, stuck-up brat that Stallone should’ve thrown out the truck while doing 70 MPH down the highway, and yes, it’s about ARM WRESTLING… but darnit! When you’re a kid, how are you supposed to know arm wrestling is lame? It’s a 1980s Stallone movie and that’s gotta count for something!
I’m proud to say I own this movie on VHS (still sealed!) and DVD. I even own the soundtrack (which features the excellent “Winner Takes It All” by Sammy Hagar and “In This Country” by Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander).
Over The Top – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1987, Columbia Records)
1. “Winner Takes It All” (Sammy Hagar) … 3:58
2. “In This Country” (Robin Zander) … 4:22
3. “Take It Higher” (Larry Greene) … 3:53
4. “All I Need Is You” (Big Trouble) … 3:57
5. “Bad Nite” (Frank Stallone) … 3:05
6. “Meet Me Half Way” (Kenny Loggins) … 3:39
7. “Gypsy Soul” (Asia) … 3:30
8. “The Fight” (Giorgio Moroder) … 3:56
9. “Mind over Matter” (Larry Greene) … 3:11
10. “I Will Be Strong” (Eddie Money) … 3:18
Produced by: Giorgio Moroder
Enjoyable movie but standard 80s rock/pop soundtrack fare outside of Hagar’s “Winner Takes It All” (which features Edward Van Halen on guitar AND bass). Good song and I hear it just about every night at work.
Sly’s bro, Frank, gets a slot on the soundtrack as well. Hmm… I wonder why?
Highlights: “Winner Takes It All”, “In This Country”, “Meet Me Half Way”
The greatest action hero and one of the greatest movie stars of all-time is Sylvester Stallone. This, much like death & taxes, cannot be argued. It is a fact of the universe. The man practically invented the genre as we know it today. He has tackled a wide variety of roles in the action genre, too, such as: young deathrace car driver, aging race car driver, underdog boxer, aging underdog boxer, troubled Vietnam vet, aging troubled Vietnam vet, rogue cop, future cop, and a rogue cop unthawed in the future.
Now, I could easily fill this list with nothing but Rambo & Rocky movies, but what fun would that be? Sure, all of those movies are nine kinds of awesome (yes, Rocky V and Rambo III included), but it just wouldn’t be a fair contest. As much as Stallone’s filmography is full of amazing cinematic adventures, what can compare to freakin’ Rambo & Rocky ?! Nothing. So I’m cutting it down to only 1 Rambo and 1 Rocky movie in the interest of fairness.