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F.I.S.T. (1978)

F.I.S.T (original title)
A rebellious Cleveland warehouse worker rises through the ranks of a trucking industry union to become union president but his organized crime links cause his eventual downfall.

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Vince Doyle
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Molly
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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 ...
Mrs. Zerinkas
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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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A love story between a man, a country, the people he led and the woman he loved. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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28 April 1978 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,388,920
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1.85 : 1
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The Wikipedia website states that, according to an article entitled 'Stallone Wins Heavyweight-Purse' by Gregg Kilday published in the April 2, 1977 edition of the Los Angeles Times, reportedly, screenwriter Joe Eszterhas was paid 85,000 dollars for writing the original screenplay while Stallone received 150,000 dollars also for screen-writing and 350,000 dollars for acting, totaling to a 500,000 dollar pay packet for Stallone for the picture. See more »

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Rockin' Robin
Written by Leon René (as Jimmie Thomas)
Performed by Bobby Day
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Good, epic story

This is an unappreciated film, mostly because it's star doesn't exactly have a good reputation as an 'actor'. This film is definately worth catching and it is worthy of repeated viewings. The music too is perfect for the film. It charts the rise of a Union leader from his humble beginnings to his fame. The story sustains the attention of the viewer throughout the picture. Stallone is better in the earlier scenes as a young Johny Kovak. His acting limitations come about as we see him as an older man. All he does his makes his voice a little husky and the make up on him (and other members of the cast) is ineffective. Early in his career, kovak has the dilema of bringing in the mob for help after an unsuccessful strike which results in one of his best men being killed. If he brings them in, he can enforce his will on the big companies and make the union very strong. Without them, he has little chance of the union growing. To the dismay of his best friend, he takes them in. His decision comes back to haunt him. Stallone tailored the script so he can play the good guy, originally Kovak wasn't a nice man. There is a nice scene with him and Brian Dehenny who later would turn up as Rambo's nemesis in first blood. I would certainly recommend fans and non fans of Stallone to catch this movie.


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