Blue Collar 1978

Blue Colar

Blue Collar is a 1978 American crime drama film directed by Paul Schrader, in his directorial debut. It was written by Schrader and his brother Leonard and stars Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto.

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. First they think it is a flop, because they get only 600 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 10,000 dollars by their robbery.

Cast:

Yaphet Kotto                     …            Smokey

Richard Pryor                   …            Zeke

Harvey Keitel                    …            Jerry

Ed Begley Jr.                    …            Bobby Joe

Harry Bellaver                 …            Eddie Johnson

George Memmoli            …            Jenkins

Lucy Saroyan                    …            Arlene Bartowski

Lane Smith                        …            Clarence Hill

Cliff De Young                  …            John Burrows

Borah Silver                      …            Dogshit Miller

Chip Fields                        …            Caroline Brown

Harry Northup                 …            Hank

Leonard Gaines                …            I.R.S. Man

Milton Selzer                     …            Sumabitch

Sammy Warren                 …            Barney

Jimmy Martinez                …            Charlie T. Hernandez

Jerry Dahlmann                …            Superintendent

Denny Arnold                    …            Unshaven Thug

Rock Riddle                         …            Blond Thug

Stacey Baldwin                  …            Debby Bartowski

Steve Butts                         …            Bob Bartowski

Stephen P. Dunn              …            Flannigan

Speedy Brown                  …            Slim

Davone Florence              …            Frazier Brown

Eddie Singleton                 …            Ali Brown

Ava Singleton                    …            Aretha Brown

Vernetta Royster             …            Neighbor

Jaime Carreire                   …            Little Joe

Victoria McFarland          …            Doris

Gloria Delaney                  …            Party Girl

Rosa Flores                         …            Party Girl

Crystal McCarey               …            Party Girl

Debra Fay Walker            …            Party Girl

Gino Ardito                         …            Detective

Sean Fallon Walsh            …            Detective

Vincent Lucchesi              …            Newspaper Reporter

Jerry Snider                        …            TV Reporter

Colby Chester                    …            TV Reporter

Donl Morse                        …            Union Member

William Pelt                        …            Union Member (as William Pert)

Tracey Walter                    …            Union Member

Almeria Quinn                   …            Union Secretary

Lee McDonald                   …            Security Guard

Rodney Lee Walker         …            Boy in Dime Store

 

Rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Vincent Di Paolo               …            Factory Worker (uncredited)

Jeannine Oppewall         …            Woman with bicycle (uncredited)

Jimmy Williams               …            Union Member with Broken Leg (uncredited)

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