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The Schwarzenegger-Stallone Barometer

As the '80s icons join forces in 'Escape Plan,' we track Arnold's and Sly's four decades of career ups and downs. Follow the red and green arrows!

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger in Hercules in New York, 1970; Sylvester Stallone in Lords of Flatbush, 1974.

    The Start

    En español | Schwarzenegger: Begins his movie career with 1969's Hercules in New York. His accent is so thick his lines are dubbed.
    Begins his movie career wth obscure parts until 1974's The Lords of Flatbush ... and steals it from costars Henry Winkler and Perry King. — Getty Images

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger in Stay Hungry, 1976. Sylvester Stallone in Rocky, 1976.

    1976: Hungry for Rocky

    Schwarzenegger: Plays a supporting role as Mr. Austria in the Jeff Bridges-Sally Field bodybuilding comedy Stay Hungry, but stardom still elusive.
    Nominated for Best Actor and Best Screenplay Oscars for Rocky. — Everett Collection

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Barbarian, 1982; Sylvester Stallone in Rambo, 1982.

    1982: The Big Time

    Schwarzenegger: After 13 years, breaks through as Conan the Barbarian.
    Flying high with Rocky III, creates a second classic screen persona, John Rambo, in First Blood. — Everett Collection

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator, 1984; Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton in Rhinestone, 1984.

    1984: They're Back!

    Schwarzenegger: Introduces the term "Cyborg" to movie audiences in The Terminator. He'll be back.
    "Stay Out of My Bedroom," Sly sings in the Dolly Parton musical comedy Rhinestone. "Stay out of musical comedies," fans respond. — Everett Collection

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger in Kindergarten Cop, 1990; Sylvester Stallone in Oscar, 1991.

    1990-91: Comic Relief

    Schwarzenegger: Following up his 1988 Danny DeVito comedy Twins, proves with Kindergarten Cop that he's box office gold as a funnyman.
    Tries his hand at urbane comedy in Oscar. He is spurned by both audiences and the real Oscar. — Everett Collection

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger in Batman and Robin, 1997; Sylvester Stallone in Cop Land, 1997.

    1997: Cool Costars

    Schwarzenegger: His over-the-top performance as Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin (the one with George Clooney behind the mask) leaves fans cold.
    Reminds the world of his acting chops in Cop Land, costarring heavyweights Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Harvey Keitel. — Everett Collection

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger elected as governor of California, 2003; Sylvester Stallone in Spy Kids 3-D, 2003.

    2003: Governator and Spy

    Schwarzenegger: Elected governor of California (that's wife Maria Shriver at his side), Arnold wrestles its crippling debt to the ground.
    Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. Enough said. — Getty Images and Everett Collection

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger finishes second term as governor, 2010; Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables, 2010.

    2010: Who's the Boss?

    Schwarzenegger: Finishes his run as governor with a 23 percent approval rating; wife leaves him after he admits affair.
    Writes and directs The Expendables — featuring Arnold in a cameo. The Governator is working for the Italian Stallion. — Everett Collection

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in Escape Plan, 2013.

    2013: Reliving Their Youth

    Schwarzenegger, now 66: Lumbering down memory lane with sequels to Terminator, Twins, Conan the Barbarian and The Expendables.
    Stallone, now 67:
    Lumbering down memory lane with sequels to Rocky and The Expendables. No Rhinestone remake in the works. — Alan Markfield/Summit Entertainment

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