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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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Senator Madison
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Max Graham
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Anna Zarinkas
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Abe Belkin
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Vince Doyle
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Babe Milano
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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 ...
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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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28 April 1978 (USA)  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Sylvester Stallone in publicity for the film said of comparisons between his characters of Rocky Balboa in his previous film Rocky (1976) and Johnny Kovak in this his then next film: "They are alike only in that Rocky [Balboa] and Johnny Kovak come from the street. Each, in his own way, is an underdog who becomes a winner. The difference is that Rocky would always be a contender, always a follower. Kovak was born to be a leader of his domain, a leader of men. He controls their destinies instead of being controlled by them. He's a much more intelligent guy than Rocky". See more »

Quotes

Babe Milano: Nobody's 100%... Nobody.
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Featured in The Fight for F.I.S.T. (2015) See more »

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Stompin' at the Savoy
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Written by Chick Webb, Benny Goodman, Andy Razaf and Edgar M. Sampson
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Very nice!
11 February 2000 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

This is one of Stallone's best performances as an actor! In all the following movies in the 80's and 90's he is more appreciated for his 'presence' and strength as a person, but in this one he portrays a lifestory of a union worker that rose to greatest fame. Don't lose heart if you feel bored in the beginning of the movie, it gets better and in the second half, when many years have past, it gets really good. It is a grand movie-story and definitely a recommendation for anyone who likes movies about the fate of others.


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