Three workers, Zeke (Richard Pryor), Jerry (Harvey Keitel), and Smokey (Yaphet Kotto), are working at a car plant and drinking their beers together. One night, when they steal away from their wives to have some fun, they get the idea to rob the local union's bureau safe. First they think it is a flop, because they get only six hundred dollars out of it, but then Zeke realizes that they also have gotten some "hot" material. They decide to blackmail their union. The best reason for that is the union itself. All three are provoked by the fact that the union claims to have lost ten thousand dollars by their robbery.Written by
When Zeke (Richard Pryor), Jerry (Harvey Keitel), and Smokey (Yaphet Kotto) are discussing where to dispose of the safe they stole. Zeke says that he has a brother who works at the dump where they can get rid of it. In Pulp Fiction (1994), Harvey Keitel's character helped two men dispose of something at an auto wrecking yard; a "dump" for whole cars. See more »
REVEALING MISTAKE: When Smokey is getting killed in the sprayer booth, he tries all means of escape except the most obvious: getting in the car that was being painted and driving through the doors, since the car had to have the key in it. See more »
Entertaining drama, one of the best of the 70's dramas
Blue Collar is a breakthrough for writer Paul Schrader as a director, but also for comedian/actor Richard Pryor. Before this, he was known for his stand-up, co-writing for Blazing Saddles and once in a while comic acting role, but here he shows his true colors of being an exceptional actor of talent. Here, he plays one of 3 auto workers (including great performances by Harvey Keitel and Yaphey Kotto) who are tired of getting ripped off by there company and (surprisingly) there union. So, they fight back, with some bad results. The plot is unfolding, which helps, but it is overall the performances by the 3 leads that give this film it's gigantic kick (and what a kick). Most likely filmaker Michael Moore's favorite film ever made, but for other people it is entertaining drama nevertheless. A+
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