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Director:
Writers:
Joe Eszterhas (story)
Joe Eszterhas (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
28 April 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A love story between a man, a country, the people he led and the woman he loved. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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(15 articles)
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One of my personal all-time favorites. See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sylvester Stallone ... Johnny Kovak

Rod Steiger ... Senator Madison

Peter Boyle ... Max Graham

Melinda Dillon ... Anna Zarinkas
David Huffman ... Abe Belkin

Kevin Conway ... Vince Doyle

Tony Lo Bianco ... Babe Milano

Cassie Yates ... Molly
Peter Donat ... Arthur St. Clair
John Lehne ... Mr. Gant

Henry Wilcoxon ... Win Talbot

Richard Herd ... Mike Monahan
Tony Mockus Jr. ... Tom Higgins (as Tony Mockus)

Ken Kercheval ... Bernie Marr
Elena Karam ... Mrs. Zerinkas
Joe Tornatore ... Angel

James Karen ... Andrews

Stuart Gillard ... Phil Talbot

Brian Dennehy ... Frank Vasko
Sam Chew Jr. ... Peter Jacobs (as Sam Chew)

Robert Lipton ... Dave Roberts
John Bleifer ... Mishka

Frank McRae ... Lincoln Dombrowsky
Rozsika Halmos ... Mrs. Kovak
Earl Montgomery ... Russell Langley

Harry Basch ... Network Announcer
Nada Rowand ... Mrs. Vasko
Chuck Gradi ... Jugovich aka Jugs
Alphonse Skerl ... Priest (as Father Alphonse Skerl)
Reid Cruickshanks ... McGuinn

Sidney Clute ... Company Negotiator
M. Patrick Hughes ... Jocko
Bill Zuckert ... Delegate Bob
Martin Braddock ... Attorney Negotiations

Barry Atwater ... Milano's Attorney
Sandy Ward ... The Man
Andy Romano ... Man #1
Frank Whiteman ... Gunman #3
Hugo Bolba ... Zigi
Ron Delagardelle ... Samuels
Robert Courtleigh ... Congressman

Judson Pratt ... Kovak's Attorney
David Greene ... Senator
Jimmy Murphy ... TV Reporter (as Jim Murphy)
René Le Vant ... Newspaper Reporter
Tony Mendia ... Michael Kovak

Anthony Kiedis ... Kevin Kovak (as Cole Dammett)
Deonne Fator ... Vasko's Daughter
Richard Dioguardi ... Man #2
Tony Crupi ... Gunman #1

Herman Poppe ... Gunman #2
Frank Bongiorno ... Italian Waiter
Antonio Canino ... Maitre D

Michael Twaine ... FBI Man #1 (as Michael Twain)
Walt Davis ... FBI Man #2
Sam Woods ... Another Delegate
James Jeter ... Mike Quinn
Jack Slate ... Bob Wilson
George Barrow ... Trucker #1
Norman Rice ... Trucker #2
Ed Call ... Trucker #3
Russell Shannon ... Abe's Man
Fil Formicola ... The Man's Assistant
Brass Adams ... Attorney
Eric Carlson ... Worker
John R. Setard ... Another Worker
John Bisenius ... Radio Patrolman
Vincent Williams ... Glove Factory Foreman
Joseph W. Schuver ... Gas Station Attendant
Carl Vander Meulen ... Police Captain
Charles McCarthy ... Accordionist (as Charles R. McCarthy)
Ethel Kohler ... Accordionist's Wife
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Bicksler ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Luther Fear ... Local union boss (uncredited)
Fritz Ford ... Cop (uncredited)

Bruce McGill ... Hitman (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Jewison 
 
Writing credits
Joe Eszterhas (story)

Joe Eszterhas (screenplay) and
Sylvester Stallone (screenplay)

Norman Jewison  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Gene Corman .... executive producer
Norman Jewison .... producer
Patrick J. Palmer .... associate producer (as Patrick Palmer)
 
Original Music by
Bill Conti 
 
Cinematography by
László Kovács 
 
Film Editing by
Graeme Clifford 
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
 
Production Design by
Richard Macdonald 
 
Art Direction by
Angelo P. Graham  (as Angelo Graham)
 
Set Decoration by
George R. Nelson 
 
Costume Design by
Anthea Sylbert 
 
Makeup Department
Michael Germain .... makeup artist (as Mike Germain)
Jean Burt Reilly .... hair stylist
Michael Westmore .... makeup artist (as Mike Westmore)
 
Production Management
Larry DeWaay .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Win Phelps .... second assistant director
L. Andrew Stone .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Eugene Acker .... construction painter (as Gene Acker)
Sam Gordon .... property master
Roger Irvin .... construction coordinator
Thomas L. Roysden .... assistant set decorator
Bill Iiams .... general foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Peter Horrocks .... dubbing editor
Gordon K. McCallum .... dubbing mixer
Kenneth Schwarz .... boom operator (as Ken Schwarz)
Les Wiggins .... dubbing editor
Charles M. Wilborn .... production sound mixer (as Chuck Wilborn)
Graham V. Hartstone .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Nicolas Le Messurier .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John Burke .... special effects
 
Stunts
James J. Casino .... stunts (as Jimmy Casino)
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunts (as Bennie Dobbins)
Dick Durock .... stunts
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts (as Hill Farnsworth)
Jerry Gatlin .... stunts
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunts (as Orwin Harvey)
Loren Janes .... stunts
Max Kleven .... stunt coordinator
Walt La Rue .... stunts
Dar Robinson .... stunts
Bill Shannon .... stunts
Bob Terhune .... stunts
Greg Walker .... stunts (as William Greg Walker)
Rock A. Walker .... stunts (as Rock Walker)
Jack Williams .... stunts
Henry Wills .... stunts
Jerry Wills .... stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Fred Carson .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Dimitri .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hicks .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer (as Rich Aguilar)
Romeo De Santis Jr. .... best boy (as Romeo De Santis)
Neil Leifer .... special photography
Leonard Lookabaugh .... key grip (as Len Lookabaugh)
Morgan Renard .... still photographer
Robert M. Stevens .... camera operator (as Bob Stevens)
Joseph E. Thibo .... camera technician (as Joe Thibo)
Stephen Wever .... still photographer (as Steve Wever)
 
Casting Department
Tom Carnahan .... extras casting: Iowa
Carolyn Doty .... extras casting: Iowa
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Thalia Phillips .... costumer: women
G. Tony Scarano .... costumer: men (as Tony Scarano)
 
Editorial Department
Terry Busby .... assistant editor
Antony Gibbs .... supervising editor
Brian Mann .... assistant editor
David A. Simmons .... assistant editor (as David Simmons)
Chris Blunden .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Tom Andresen .... location manager: Iowa
Dow Griffith .... location manager: Los Angeles
Stuart Neumann .... location manager: Washington D.C.
 
Music Department
Peter T. Myers .... orchestrator (as Peter Myers)
Joe Tuley .... music editor
London Symphony Orchestra .... music performed by (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Craig Pinkard .... transportation captain
James Thornsberry .... transportation coordinator (as Jim Thornsberry)
Steve Bonner .... driver: special equipment (uncredited)
Joseph Smallwood .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Joan Arnold .... production coordinator
Wendell Baggett .... assistant auditor
Tony Meyer .... special equipment
Charles Milhaupt .... production assistant
Ted Mossman .... second propman
Julia Pascal .... personal assistant to director
Dan Perri .... title designer
John Rothwell .... unit publicist
Carol Schreder .... researcher
Chris Soldo .... production assistant (as Christopher Soldo)
Ann Straley .... production assistant
Carl Vander Meulen .... police security
Ruth West .... production auditor
Marshall J. Wolins .... script supervisor (as Marshall Wolins)
T.G. Finkbinder .... extra (uncredited)
B.J. Smith .... first aid (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Robert Ray .... thanks (as Governor Robert Ray)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"F.I.S.T" - USA (original title)
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Runtime:
145 min | UK:130 min
Country:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:18 (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:PG | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Rockin' RobinSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the European Version and the Original Version?
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
One of my personal all-time favorites., 1 December 1999
Author: Lou Rugani (x779@webtv.net) from United States

The Federation of InterState Truckers, or F.I.S.T., is a struggling little labor union in the depths of the Depression. Johnny Kovak signs on as an organizer, and the Cleveland local begins to grow, as Johnny moves up the leadership ladder. But Johnny early on reluctantly makes shady alliances, to get "the push" (his term for influence) for his union, and it returns to haunt him and his men. Unforgettable scenes abound in this masterpiece. The interplay between Johnny and nemesis Babe Milano - Kovak's stumbling efforts at courtship, contrasting with his stony demands at early opponent Consolidated Trucking, and the owners' icy reticence - a violence-torn strike - and then we see Kovak's rise to national union leadership, his growing list of powerful enemies, and his inevitable demise, shrouded in mystery and legend. It's a film to see again and again. The sweeping, epic score by Bill Conti accentuates the ever-unfolding saga, but keeps the audience reminded of the early roots of Johnny Kovak and his colleagues and those he has grown to love and hate. Despite Sylvester Stallone's riveting virtuoso performances in "F.I.S.T." and the following "Paradise Alley", the lukewarm box-office response to this multi-shaded side of his acting abilities soon led to the more commercial, and less-dimensional, roles that he is best known for now. I think his finest work ever is seen in this wonderful film. Highly recommended to all.

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