Blue Collar

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Released 1978

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Director:
Paul Schrader
Released:
1978
Rating:
R
Blue Collar is the story of Zeke (Richard Pryor), Jerry (Harvey Keitel), and Smokey (Yaphet Kotto), three Detroit auto factory workers who struggle with both their finances and being ripped off by the union. Zeke comes in to work every day to find his locker broken. The union refuses to fix it. On top of that, he owes a huge sum to the IRS. When he goes to a union local to complain about the broken locker, he notices a huge safe. Jerry also needs money, and Smokey wants the union to suffer, so the trio don Halloween masks and break in, hoping to score big. But all they find is six hundred dollars and a notebook. The notebook, however, is not what it seems. Inside, Zeke finds documentation of union loans with atypically high interest rates, proof that the union really is ripping people off. Struggling to find the best use of their newfound evidence, the trio must find common ground before the union finds out and the real trouble begins.moreless

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It is an angry, radical movie about the vise that traps workers between big industry and big labor. It's also an enormously entertaining movie; it earns its comparison with On the ...

  • 80

    Empire William Thomas

    Suffused with the pessimism of Taxi Driver, Blue Collar is one of the most brutally honest films to have come out of 70s Hollywood.

  • 80

    Time Out

    Very probably the most clear-sighted movie ever made about the ways that shopfloor workers get f.cked over by the system.

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Crime, Independent