Trivia / Over the Top

  • Completely Different Title:
    • This flick is known in Mexico as Halcon, being that the literal translation of the protagonist's last name.
    • In Brazil, it's known as Falcão - O Campeão dos Campeões, which translates as "Hawk - the Champion of the Champions''.
    • In Portugal, it's known as The Lutador, which can be translated as either "The Fighter" or "The Wrestler".
  • Contractual Obligation Project: Sylvester Stallone made the film purely to fill out his contract with The Cannon Group.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Sylvester Stallone was reportedly unhappy with the final film. In an interview with the Ain't It Cool News website, he said that if he had directed the film he would have made it with a darker tone - changing the setting to an urban environment, using scored music instead of rock songs, and making the Las Vegas finale more ominous.
    • Writer David Engelbach was appalled at the changes made to his script. He remarked that his original draft wasn't nearly as dumb as the final film and that it was more about truck driving and arm-wrestling than it should have been. He recalled having tears in his eyes upon seeing the film.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Sylvester Stallone explained why he agreed to appear in this movie:
    "(Producer) Menahem Golan kept offering me more and more money, until I finally thought, 'What the hell - no one will see it!'"
  • What Could Have Been: The Arm Wrestling champion at the time, Cleve Dean, was supposed to be Stallone’s final opponent in the movie, but because Cleve Dean was a monster of a man that was twice the size of Stallone the producers thought it would be too unrealistic if Stallone beat him. His role was reduced to a cameo instead.
    • They then went with Professional Wrestler Ox Baker for Stallone's final opponent. He didn't pan out for undisclosed reasons.
    • Don Johnson was the second choice for the role of Lincoln Hawk.