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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
David Huffman ...
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 ...
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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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F.I.S.T.  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)
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Apart from a title that is an acronym for a truckers' union, the movie's "F.I.S.T." name is also a play on words double-entendre (and apparently unintentional) evoking star Sylvester Stallone's previous box-office hit film and multi Academy Award Best Picture winning boxing movie Rocky (1976) because boxing requires punching with one's "fists". See more »

Quotes

Babe Milano: Nobody's 100%... Nobody.
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Soundtracks

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Written by J. Fred Coots
Lyrics by Haven Gillespie
Performed by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Well-made.
31 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

For the most part, this is a good, solid (pseudo)biography of a charismatic labor leader, but towards the end it runs out of steam and loses the clarity and effectiveness of the early sequences. Still, it's worth seeing, with Stallone getting one of his most atypical roles and handling it satisfyingly. (**1/2)


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