JOEL DON HUMPHREYS
from the screenplay by Stirling Silliphant, Gary Conway & David C Engelbach
Over The Top
(price: £2.50; 188 pages)
The blurb on the back:
Lincoln Hawkes has a diesel rig, a strong right arm, and a last chance dream with a million dollar price tag!
It's been ten long years since Lincoln last saw his teenage son. And in those years the boy has learned to hate his father. Maybe for all the wrong reasons. Now he's learning just who his father really is... learning it from a pretty, free-spirited girl, a loving woman, a bitter tycoon, and a gentle Indian giant. But the final lesson will come in the crazy neon hoopla of Las Vegas - at the World's Arm Wrestling Championships where - for Lincoln Hawks - something more than winning a million bucks is at stake - something like the sum total of a man's life... and the love of a son for his drifting, dreaming, dare-it-all old man.
Somewhere near the Virginia border it started snowing. Big, lazy Appalachian Mountain flakes fluttered down on the highway.
Much as I love the best of Sly Stallone's best work, his worst stuff is absolutely pitiful. And this is amongst the worst. He's an arm-wrestler. He's trying to bond with his son. Er, that's it.
What on earth made anyone think that we needed a book of this rubbish?
ARTISTIC MERIT: 1/5
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 1/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT: 1/5