Blue Collar

Blue Collar

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Director: Paul Schrader

Cast: Paul Schrader, Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto

     
 

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Gifted screenwriter Paul Schrader's directorial debut, Blue Collar, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a fascinating commentarySee more details below

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Gifted screenwriter Paul Schrader's directorial debut, Blue Collar, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a fascinating commentary track recorded by Schrader and film journalist Maitland McDonagh. Their conversation touches on everything from the difficulty of lighting people of radically different skin color in the same shot to gossip about how poorly the three male leads got along during the filming. Biographies round out this solid DVD from Anchor Bay.

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Richard Pryor's best dramatic performance is at the heart of Blue Collar, a rare American film that casts an unflinching look at the high-pressure life of working-class people. Acclaimed screenwriter Paul Schrader (who wrote such films as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull) made his directorial debut with this simmering story about three desperate Detroit autoworkers (played by Pryor, Harvey Keitel, and Yaphet Kotto) who plot to rob their own union. Both the merciless corporation and the corrupt union are their enemies in this bleak, profane, but spirited film. The subject matter of real, unglamorous people is usually off-limits for Hollywood, but Schrader wisely resists the temptation to glamorize his protagonists. Pryor shows tremendous range in a role that uses his expressive humanity for other than comic purposes. His lost, weary, cheated character is at the core of the film's considerable moral weight.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2000
UPC:
0013131093995
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:54:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Pryor Zeke Brown
Harvey Keitel Jerry Bartkowski
Yaphet Kotto Smokey
Ed Begley Bobby Joe
Harry Bellaver Eddie Johnson
George Memmoli Jenkins
Lucy Saroyan Arlene Bartowski
Lane Smith Clarence Hill
Cliff De Young John Burrows
Borah Silver Miller
Chip Fields Caroline Brown
Harry Northrup Hank
Leonard Gaines Internal Revenue Man
Milton Selzer Sumabitch
Sammy Warren Barney
Jimmy Martinez Charlie T. Martinez
Jerry Dahlmann Superintendent
Denny Arnold Unshaven Thug
Rock Riddle Blonde Thug
Stacey Baldwin Debby Bartowski
Steve Butts Bob Bartowski
Stephen P. Dunn Flannigan
Speedy Brown Slim
Davone Florence Frazier Brown
Eddie Singleton Ali Brown
Rya Singleton Aretha Brown
Vermetta Royster Neighbor
Jaime Carreire Little Joe
"Spanky" McFarland Doris
Tracey Walter Union Member

Technical Credits
Paul Schrader Director,Screenwriter
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Bobby Byrne Cinematographer
Ry Cooder Score Composer,Musical Arrangement
Peg Cummings Set Decoration/Design
Ron Dawson Costumes/Costume Designer
Don Guest Producer
David Nichols Associate Producer
Jack Nitzsche Score Composer
Lawrence G. Paull Production Designer
Vic Ramos Casting
Tom Rolf Editor
Alice Rush Costumes/Costume Designer
Leonard Schrader Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen Version
0. Chapter Selections
1. Program Start/Main Titles [5:53]
2. "Flick my Bic!" [3:01]
3. Drinking After Work [5:05]
4. John Burrows [3:30]
5. Visit With The IRS [6:14]
6. Burrows' Second Attempt [2:12]
7. Zeke Complains To Johnson [5:43]
8. Party Time [7:32]
9. Pop Machine Massacre [3:15]
10. Planning The Robbery [4:46]
11. The Robbery [8:32]
12. The Notebook [6:42]
13. Zeke Confronts Supervisor [8:58]
14. The Three Split Up [4:42]
15. Smokey Intervenes [5:23]
16. Zeke's Deal [3:19]
17. Smokey's Death [8:16]
18. Zeke Confesses To Jerry [6:51]
19. Jerry Is Followed [6:57]
20. Jerry's Confession [3:24]
21. End Credits [3:01]

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