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This is an unappreciated film, mostly because it's star doesn't exactly
a good reputation as an 'actor'. This film is definately worth catching
it is worthy of repeated viewings. The music too is perfect for the
It charts the rise of a Union leader from his humble beginnings to his
The story sustains the attention of the viewer throughout the picture.
Stallone is better in the earlier scenes as a young Johny Kovak. His
limitations come about as we see him as an older man. All he does his
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
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