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4.1
1,377 Ratings

Blue Collar

Directed by Paul Schrader
United States, 1978
Crime, Drama

Synopsis

Three workers, Zeke, Jerry and Smokey, 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.

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Blue Collar Directed by Paul Schrader
It offers up the bitter, outrageous, and ultimately despairing vision of anti-union efforts that the subject deserves. It’s a movie about how power maintains itself through the manipulation and the devastation of the powerless. It’s no wonder it remains one of our most searing visions of class and labor in the history of American movies. And it’s no wonder Hollywood never tried to make it again.
September 05, 2017
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I don’t much care for Paul Schrader’s films, but goddamn if BLUE COLLAR, his 1978 directorial debut, isn’t a bona fide masterpiece. It’s not just subversive, but radical—a true indictment of a capitalist system that divides to conquer.
August 25, 2017
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A deterministic pamphlet (“jukebox Marxism,” says Pauline Kael), a dark-tinged prole caper, a crimson tableau of impotent wrath — and, as always with the filmmaker, the eye of the aesthete who longs to be a roughneck.
September 02, 2013
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