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Push-Up - The Movie

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Push-Up - The Movie is a film advertised in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.


Released in 1984, the film stars Jack Howitzer as Bruno, a washed up alcoholic and former push-up champion who now works as an insurance man. His fall from grace has caused his first wife to leave him for a tennis coach and his son Timmy no longer shows him respect. Bruno's current wife has also left him (though she later returns to his side, which Timmy claims is to "bang [Bruno] for coke money"). In order to regain the respect of his son, Bruno begins training hard in order to regain shape and represent the United States in a push-up contest being held in Tokyo, where Bruno's opponent is a Russian man representing the "Collective System of Oppression" (Soviet Union).

The trailer for the film is featured on V-Rock, a contest for tickets to the movie is heard on Flash FM and the movie itself is mentioned by a few pedestrians.


  • This film seems to be a parody of the Sylvester Stallone film Rocky IV (released in 1985). The main Soviet villain is even a caricature of Rocky's famous opponent Ivan Drago. The film also borrows elements from the film Over the Top (released in 1987), also starring Sylvester Stallone. "Burning Heart" by Survivor is featured in Rocky IV, and also appears on Los Santos Rock Radio in the enhanced version of Grand Theft Auto V.
  • This is the only film starring Jack Howitzer outside of the Evacuator Trilogy to feature a trailer in a GTA game.
  • The advertisement claims that the push-up contest is being held in "Tokyo, China", even though Tokyo is in Japan. Whether this is intentional or not is unknown.

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