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F.I.S.T. (1978)

F.I.S.T (original title)
PG | | Drama | 28 April 1978 (USA)
Johnny Kovak joins the Teamsters trade-union in a local chapter in the 1930s and works his way up in the organization. As he climbs higher and higher his methods become more ruthless and ... See full summary »

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Senator Madison
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Max Graham
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Anna Zarinkas
David Huffman ...
Abe Belkin
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Vince Doyle
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Babe Milano
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Arthur St. Clair
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Mr. Gant
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Win Talbot
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Bernie Marr
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Mrs. Zerinkas
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Storyline

Johnny Kovak joins the Teamsters trade-union in a local chapter in the 1930s and works his way up in the organization. As he climbs higher and higher his methods become more ruthless and finally senator Madison starts a campaign to find the truth about the alleged connections with the Mob. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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A love story between a man, a country, the people he led and the woman he loved. See more »

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28 April 1978 (USA)  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Norman Jewison ran into actor Sylvester Stallone a day after Jewison attended a private pre-released screening of Rocky (1976). Jewison said: "After predicting that Rocky (1976) would be a big success, something that many were questioning at the time, I asked him [Stallone] if he'd like to read the script of my next picture [F.I.S.T. (1978)]. He took it home and called me the next day to say that he wanted to do it. All we had was a verbal agreement. But he kept it. I have to respect him for that. I understand that he was later offered more than a million dollars to do another film instead". See more »

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Babe Milano: Nobody's 100%... Nobody.
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Stompin' at the Savoy
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User Reviews

 
A glimpse of what Sly could have been
18 November 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a real hidden gem of a film. Thought provoking, intelligent and times indignant, without resorting to sentimentality.

Contrast this,with the commercially lucrative but artistically meaningless "Crash, Bang, Wallop" movies that Stallone became synonymous with in the 1980s.

Stallone can act when he wants to, and FIST amply demonstrates this wasted potential.

Based (very loosely) on the life of the Teamsters boss, Jimmy Hoffa, FIST charts the rise and fall of a Trade Union leader. A cautionary tale of how noble causes can be sullied by ambition and hubris.

I highly recommend it, if only to convince others that Stallone occasionally turned in a credible performance without the promise of a big pay day.


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