“The company builds cars and destroys men.”
A trio of Detroit auto workers, two black— Zeke and Smokey James —and one white—Jerry —are fed up with mistreatment at the hands of both management and union brass. Crushed by financial hardships and frustration, the trio hatch a plan to rob a safe at union headquarters…
Like the industrial landscape it portrays, Blue Collar has a pounding sense of urgency. A gritty and unflinchingly honest slice of late 70’s life, and a penetrating critique of union practices and the disempowered working class in a Rust Belt enclave. Directed and written by Paul Schrader, in his directorial debut, this American crime drama stars Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto. Richard Pryor in unfamiliar territory in a very serious role, is absolutely brilliant . Notorious for the fights between actors and guns being pulled on set – the film shoot led to the nervous breakdown of Paul Schrader. All that emotion and more is in every frame of this over-looked classic!