Blue Collar
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Paul Schrader's directorial debut examines the trials of Detroit autoworkers living at the mercy of a heartless corporation and a corrupt union. Surviving from paycheck to paycheck, Checker Cab assembly linemen Zeke (Richard Pryor), Jerry (Harvey Keitel), and Smokey (Yaphet Kotto) scrape by and take pleasure in a few rounds of beer or bowling (and occasional illicit amusements). But when their money troubles pile up, Jerry and Smokey join Zeke in a desperate plan to steal cash from their local union office. Along with a piddling $600, they unexpectedly swipe evidence of union corruption.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A dark-tinged prole caper, a crimson tableau of impotent wrath"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It's intense, well-acted, gives one a good idea about everyday factory life and offers a clear-sighted muckraking take on blue collar types ..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Although the film does not tell us how to break out of the plantations we know too well, it does give us a vivid sense of the problems and the pitfalls of those who try."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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