30 Years Ago: Sylvester Stallone’s 80s Slump Continues with ‘Lock Up’

The late 70s and early 80s, saw Sylvester Stallone as nearly untouchable with his roles in the Rocky and Rambo films along with some lesser known gems like F.I.S.T., Victory and Nighthawks. Then there was the disaster of Rhinestone, Over the Top tank job and under-performing Rambo III.

The actor’s decline would continue through the 90s, and right in the middle was 1989’s Lock Up, a prison action/drama featuring Stallone vs. a sadistic warden played menacingly by Donald Sutherland. Over at Ultimate Classic Rock, I look back on what worked and what didn’t on the movie and how it was received.

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