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Blue Collar

Very probably the most clear-sighted movie ever made about the ways that shopfloor workers get fucked over by 'the system'. Three guys (two black, one Polack) work on the production line in a Detroit automobile factory. One day they figure their union does them no more favours than their bosses. They pull a clumsy robbery at union HQ, and get no more than some suspicious documents that point to union links with organised crime. Suddenly they're out of their league: violence, paranoia, rivalry and recrimination erupt around them. This movie was directed and co-written by a theology graduate.

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Duration: 114 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Paul Schrader
Screenwriter: Paul Schrader, Leonard Schrader
Cast: Richard Pryor
Harvey Keitel
Yaphet Kotto
Ed Begley Jr
Harry Bellaver
George Memmoli
Lucy Saroyan
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