Sylvester Stallone (Lincoln Hawk), Robert Loggia (Jason
Cutler), Susan Blakely (Christina Hawk), Rick Zumwalt (Bull Harley), David Mendenhall (Michael Hawk)
1987 was a rather terrible year for Cannon film
productions, whose usual output was hastily-made, low-budget action films, but following their purchase of the rights to film Masters Of The Universe & Superman IV, both of which were
emptying the coffers and they needed a hit, and quick.
Directed by the co-studio head, Israeli filmmaker Menahem
Golan decided the best way to get some money back into the bank was with this formulaic story centred around the thuggish and brutal world of arm wrestling.
Sly Stallone, fresh from the set of the Rocky films, stars
as Lincoln Hawk (seriously), a truck driver who participates in arm wrestling competitions and vies to win the love & respect of his son the only way he knows how, by winning another
The film did reasonably well for the studio, despite the
fact that it's mindless crap, even for guilty pleasure stuff, with some truly odious acting performances.