Blue Collar (1978) 3.22/5 (2)


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Rating: The Good – 73
Genre: Drama, Crime
Duration: 114  mins
Director: Paul Schrader
Stars: Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto

Paul Schrader’s directorial debut is an entertaining and often tense story of three struggling auto-factory workers (played by Havey Keitel, Richard Pryor, and Yaphet Kotto) who decide to rip off their corrupt local union office in order to keep up with their mounting debts. The three leads are all excellent, the story is fresh and interesting, and Schrader’s direction is for the most part competent. The dialogue can come across a tad wooden at times which is more a fault with the way Schrader captures it as opposed to it being a fault with the script. Furthermore, there are some unnecessary flourishes during the opening credits which are typical of a new director attempting to find his style. That said, Blue Collar is worthy addition to the conspiracy films of 70’s cinema.

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