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Release Date:
17 August 1978 (West Germany) See more »
A love story between a man, a country, the people he led and the woman he loved. See more »
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 »
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  (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
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)
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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145 min | UK:130 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
An engrossing film. Stallone was a different guy in the 70s., 4 August 2011
Author: TOMASBBloodhound from Omaha, NE USA

Stallone wants his 8? The Hound will give him 7 and he doesn't negotiate! In all seriousness, FIST is a very good film. Not a great one, but infinitely more rich than most of Stallone's action-based films of the 80s. Back then, Stallone knew there was more to the business than just flexing his muscles. But once he got a taste of financial success, that was about all he did going forward. FIST is a near-epic production about the rise and eventual fall of a labor leader based on Jimmy Hoffa. We see Stallone as Johnny Kovac, a warehouse laborer who joins a trucking union first as a recruiter, and then later as a leader. Along the way he has to battle greedy corporate types, corrupt union bosses, and eventually a grand-standing senator. We also see him woo his wife and clash with his more idealistic buddy. Eventually the mafia is bringing down the union,too. We see a little of everything, and through it all, Stallone gives a very good performance The film is well-cast, well-filmed, and well-acted. Where it falters is with the script penned by Stallone and Joe Esterhas. Yes, THAT Joe Esterhas. (or however its spelled). He also wrote several successful scripts like Basic Instinct, Flashdance, and others. Here he seems compelled to show us the details of depression era Cleveland in all its working-class glory. Notice the detail in the scenes where Stallone is trying to woo Melinda Dillon by making nice with her family. Then, after some intense labor violence, all of a sudden Stallone is some kind of executive within the organization. Its like there's a whole second act missing, even though the movie is nearly two and a half hours long. The last hour dealing with Stallone's downfall contains few surprises, as most viewers will recognize the Hoffa connections.

But by all means check this film out if you can find it. As an actor, Stallone didn't tread this way really ever again. The cast is great, too. Rod Steiger is good in a smaller role as the senator. Kevin Conway steals some scenes as a crooked associate. Look for Peter Boyle in an early role as a corrupt union boss. Though not quite a great film, FIST is a winner. See it! 7 of 10 stars.

The Hound.

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