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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
Cassie Yates ...
Molly
Peter Donat ...
Arthur St. Clair
John Lehne ...
Mr. Gant
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Win Talbot
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Mike Monahan
Tony Mockus Jr. ...
Tom Higgins (as Tony Mockus)
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Bernie Marr
Elena Karam ...
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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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17 August 1978 (West Germany)  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)
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The scene where the company sign was pulled down in front of the factory could only be filmed once. They only had one sign, which could not be replaced if it was damaged. See more »

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Performed by Bobby Day
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An engrossing film. Stallone was a different guy in the 70s.
4 August 2011 | by (Omaha, NE USA) – See all my reviews

Stallone wants his 8? The Hound will give him 7 and he doesn't negotiate! In all seriousness, FIST is a very good film. Not a great one, but infinitely more rich than most of Stallone's action-based films of the 80s. Back then, Stallone knew there was more to the business than just flexing his muscles. But once he got a taste of financial success, that was about all he did going forward. FIST is a near-epic production about the rise and eventual fall of a labor leader based on Jimmy Hoffa. We see Stallone as Johnny Kovac, a warehouse laborer who joins a trucking union first as a recruiter, and then later as a leader. Along the way he has to battle greedy corporate types, corrupt union bosses, and eventually a grand-standing senator. We also see him woo his wife and clash with his more idealistic buddy. Eventually the mafia is bringing down the union,too. We see a little of everything, and through it all, Stallone gives a very good performance The film is well-cast, well-filmed, and well-acted. Where it falters is with the script penned by Stallone and Joe Esterhas. Yes, THAT Joe Esterhas. (or however its spelled). He also wrote several successful scripts like Basic Instinct, Flashdance, and others. Here he seems compelled to show us the details of depression era Cleveland in all its working-class glory. Notice the detail in the scenes where Stallone is trying to woo Melinda Dillon by making nice with her family. Then, after some intense labor violence, all of a sudden Stallone is some kind of executive within the organization. Its like there's a whole second act missing, even though the movie is nearly two and a half hours long. The last hour dealing with Stallone's downfall contains few surprises, as most viewers will recognize the Hoffa connections.

But by all means check this film out if you can find it. As an actor, Stallone didn't tread this way really ever again. The cast is great, too. Rod Steiger is good in a smaller role as the senator. Kevin Conway steals some scenes as a crooked associate. Look for Peter Boyle in an early role as a corrupt union boss. Though not quite a great film, FIST is a winner. See it! 7 of 10 stars.

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