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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Johnny Kovak
... Senator Madison
... Max Graham
... Anna Zarinkas
... Abe Belkin
... Vince Doyle
... Babe Milano
... Molly
... Arthur St. Clair
John Lehne ... Mr. Gant
... Win Talbot
... Mike Monahan
Tony Mockus Jr. ... Tom Higgins (as Tony Mockus)
... Bernie Marr
Elena Karam ... Mrs. Zerinkas
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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)

Gross USA:

$20,388,920
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Second of four collaborations of Rod Steiger and Norman Jewison. Jewison directed Steiger in this film as well as in The Hurricane (1999), and In the Heat of the Night (1967), the latter of which Steiger won the Best Actor in a Leading Role Academy Award. Steiger also co-starred in the Jewison produced The January Man (1989). See more »

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Babe Milano: Nobody's 100%... Nobody.
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Stallone's Sleeper Best Performance
5 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

You cannot judge Stallone's acting career without seeing this movie. The movie was made during the height of Rocky-mania, and I don't recall it getting much attention on its first run.

Sly plays a blue-collar grunt at the pre-dawn of the organized labor movement in the US. I think the film does a commendable job showing the audience what conditions were like before the work force was unionized. Indeed it depicts what what drove workers to form the original labor unions. Federated Inter-State Truckers or FIST is the union that Stallone's character reluctantly helps organize and lead through the early dark years of violent strikes and lockouts to the later years of labor successes breading union corruption.

I am not a fan of the Rocky series, but did enjoy First Blood 1. I found FIST to be the best film of his career.


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