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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Lena is a young art student new to London. Calling it her art project, she obsessively follows and takes pictures of an unwitting Sol. He is a scruffy, charismatic 20 year old, by all ... See full summary »
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
"F.I.S.T." - The highpoint of Sylvester Stallone's career. A triumph. An under-rated classic and masterpiece. This is Sly's greatest film!
First of all, I just want to applaud Mr. Sylvester Stallone for appearing in this under-rated Hollywood classic "F.I.S.T." (1978) which is the kind of film that either Marlon Brando or Rock Hudson would have appeared in back in the day. Here we have Sly in a very serious role, a 2.5 hour epic about a factory worker who wishes better working conditions for his fellow factory men, and ultimately forms a union and becomes a very powerful Jimmy Hoffa-like figure of it.
This film in a way reminded me of Sly's "Rocky" co-star Burt Young's 1989 classic "Last Exit to Brooklyn." I wish Hollywood could have given Sly more of a chance to make more films like this in his career, instead of trash like "Tango and Cash" or "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot." This was a great script with a talented director at the helm (Norman Jewison). The fact that Sly had the support of Rod Steiger, Karl Malden, Peter Boyle, Melinda Dillon, and Brian Dennehy in the cast...this is the kind of cast you reserve for someone with the talent of Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, or Robert De Niro, but Sly actually got his shot at an epic masterpiece with "F.I.S.T."
Now, don't get me wrong here. Sly's Academy Award winning "Rocky" (1976) is a great film, but it is also a very commercial film that can easily be viewed by the masses. "Copland" also explored a serious subject matter, but it too was also a commercial film (If you think about it...). "F.I.S.T." to this day is Sly's only serious film that can actually rival that of Marlon Brando's "On the Waterfront." Growing up watching his 80's action films like "Cobra," "Rocky III," "Rocky IV," "Rambo: First Blood Part II," and "Rambo III," who knew Sly had it in him all along? Contrary to popular belief, Sly actually had "two shots" at greatness. One was the Academy Award winning "Rocky." The other is this under-rated epic classic "F.I.S.T." This film needs to be seen to be believed. This film without a doubt is Sylvester Stallone's greatest film of his long and illustrious Hollywood career. Way to go, Sly! :)
And looking over the credits, I just realized that Anthony Kiedis (the lead singer of "Red Hot Chili Peppers") had a brief scene as Sly's son sharing a family meal at the dinner table. This film is literally filled with great talent! :D If you blink, you will literally miss him...
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