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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.
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    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.
    Stallone:
    Begins his movie career wth obscure parts until 1974's The Lords of Flatbush ... and steals it from costars Henry Winkler and Perry King.

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger in Stay Hungry, 1976. Sylvester Stallone in Rocky, 1976.
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    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.
    Stallone:
    Nominated for Best Actor and Best Screenplay Oscars for Rocky.

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Barbarian, 1982; Sylvester Stallone in Rambo, 1982.
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    1982: The Big Time

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

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator, 1984; Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton in Rhinestone, 1984.
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    1984: They're Back!

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

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger in Kindergarten Cop, 1990; Sylvester Stallone in Oscar, 1991.
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    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.
    Stallone:
    Tries his hand at urbane comedy in Oscar. He is spurned by both audiences and the real Oscar.

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger in Batman and Robin, 1997; Sylvester Stallone in Cop Land, 1997.
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    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.
    Stallone:
    Reminds the world of his acting chops in Cop Land, costarring heavyweights Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Harvey Keitel.

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

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger finishes second term as governor, 2010; Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables, 2010.
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    2010: Who's the Boss?

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

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

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