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Director:
Writers:
Joe Eszterhas (story)
Joe Eszterhas (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
17 August 1978 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A love story between a man, a country, the people he led and the woman he loved. See more »
Plot:
Johnny Kovak joins the Teamsters trade-union in a local chapter in the 1930s and works his way up in the organization... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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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)

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 .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Nicolas Le Messurier .... sound 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
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)
 
Music Department
Peter T. Myers .... orchestrator (as Peter Myers)
Joe Tuley .... music editor
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
Tom Andresen .... location manager: Iowa
Joan Arnold .... production coordinator
Wendell Baggett .... assistant auditor
Dow Griffith .... location manager: Los Angeles
Tony Meyer .... special equipment
Charles Milhaupt .... production assistant
Ted Mossman .... second propman
Stuart Neumann .... location manager: Washington D.C.
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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Runtime:
145 min | UK:130 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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

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Trivia:
The Cleveland scenes were filmed in Dubuque, Iowa, partly because the homes and buildings still had rooftop TV antennas as cable TV was not yet available in the city and it fit the period of the film.See more »
Quotes:
Babe Milano:Nobody's 100%... Nobody.See more »
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Stallone's finest acting is seen here..., 3 May 2006
Author: qkill007 from London, England

Stallone, known for physique, bulging biceps, droopy eyes and slurred speech has proved audiences that he is one of the finest actors. Personally, he is one of my favourite actors since I was a kid and movies like Rocky, Copland, First-Blood (rambo), Lock-Up, Nighthawks, Oscar and Asassins have also proved the same. F.I.S.T begins with the story of a struggling blue collar worker back in the 1930s of USA. He tries to live the American dream, but is only betrayed, kicked and disgusted with life around him. His character Johnny Kovak moves to become an organiser for Labour Unions in the first half of the movie. The second half shows him becoming older as president of the Trucking Labour Unions and the dirty deals he is forced to undertake to ensure welfare of the workers. The film is based on the lines of Rocky as a struggling man trying to cope, added with a realistic ending. A must see for Stallone fans and people who like Drama movies. Bill Conti's score is moving and Norman Jewison's direction is amazing. A satisfactory story line combined with some powerful performances will impress you. I am quite surprised as to why this film is so underrated !

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