In honor of Friday's release of The Expendables, we're taking a week-long look at the action films of Sir Sylvester Stallone -- which is to say we're skipping his comedies. Out of respect.

Title: Over the Top

Setting: Present-day 1987, all across America

Our hero: Cross-country truck driver / absentee father Lincoln Hawk (Sylvester Stallone, who also co-wrote the screenplay and must've given himself that ultra-patriotic moniker)

Our villain/s: Rich grandfather Jason Cutler (Robert Loggia); five-time arm wrestling world champion Bob "Bull" Hurley (Rick Zumwalt)

The stakes: Custody of young son Michael (David Mendenhall), which is especially important now that Lincoln's estranged wife is on her deathbed; $100k in prize money; *and* a brand new tractor truck for any champion who just so happened to hock his own off in a moment of Act II desperation!
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