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Blue Collar

Released on 06 February 2006

Featuring: Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel & Yaphet Kotto

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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Whatever became of the American dream?

In Blue Collar, Paul Schrader's strong directorial debut, three assembly-line auto workers (Richard Pryor in one of his only serious dramatic roles, Harvey Keitel, and Yaphet Kotto) are equally angry and disenchanted at factory management and their own union. They are also, as the film reveals in long, detailed vignettes, struggling just to make ends meet. As they ruminate together on their dead-end jobs and the fears of a dead-end life, they eventually plan to burglarize their union's safe. The catch: instead of finding cash as expected, they find ledgers documenting mob transactions. The relationship of the three friends is tested in the aftermath of this now-complex heist that was supposed to free the men from their torturous existence but instead has created more conflict in their lives...

Pryor and Keitel are outstanding in this searing drama that looks at factory conditions and, more to the point, the condition of the male spirit when sacked with a hard, boring job that can barely support a family.
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 Alien on earth , without the alien, meets Silkwood!

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This interesting debut by Taxi Driver scribe Paul Schrader, has a few genuine points of interest. Mainly these are the performances of the brilliant Yaphet Kotto ( doing another turn as a disgrunteld manual worker, but this time not on the Nostromo) and a captivating, straight performance from Richard Pryor, who still manages to interject a great deal of humour into a role which also demands a fair amount of seriousness.

Many Elements of this film reminded me of the Meryl Streep Film Silkwood, in that the big corporate cover ups in both films, show themselves in the break up of the charcters work, and social alliances, but in many ways this has less of the slight sugary feel of Silkwood, and in some ways often recalls the strained , cramped and paroanoic relations of the crew of the Nostromo in Ridley Scotts Alien.
The story of this film, is less than exciting but the depiction of the grim working class lifestyle on a car production line, where the three main charcters fight to escape, or just maybe keep their head above water, make it quite compelling and in many ways thought provoking about what people will do when their pushed into a corner.

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Yaphet Kotos is the reason to watch this, that and a mean score. Looking a little weary and contrived in places now, Richard Pryors very dated, nevertheless an interesting premise and a taut angry film.If you like Taxi driver check this out. Why didn't Schrader carry on with such good stuff?(check out Koto in Brubaker, few could convey pent up anger and bitterness so well)

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ActorsRichard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto, Ed Begley Jr., Harry Bellaver, George Memmoli, Lucy Saroyan, Lane Smith, Cliff De Young, Borah Silver, Chip Fields, Harry Northup, Milton Selzer & Leonard Gaines
DirectorPaul Schrader
Certificate18 years and over
Year1978
ScreenWidescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish ; Italian ; Russian - Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono
SubtitlesCzech ; Danish ; Dutch ; English for the hearing impaired ; Finnish ; Hungarian ; Italian ; Norwegian ; Polish ; Swedish
Duration1 hour and 49 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.