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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.

Director:

Norman Jewison

Writers:

Joe Eszterhas (story), Joe Eszterhas (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 John Lehne ... Mr. Gant
Henry Wilcoxon ... Win Talbot
Richard Herd ... Mike Monahan
Tony Mockus Jr. Tony Mockus Jr. ... Tom Higgins (as Tony Mockus)
Ken Kercheval ... Bernie Marr
Elena Karam Elena Karam ... Mrs. Zerinkas
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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 story about a man, the woman he loved, and the men he fought for. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Release Date:

28 April 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

F.I.S.T. See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,388,920
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Newly a big star, Sylvester Stallone was frequently hounded, screamed at, and sought out to be touched by fans during principal photography on this picture. Thousands of fans from more than one hundred miles away gathered daily to filming locations in Dubuque, Iowa chanting "Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!" from behind rope and police barriers, and frequently only a block away from the on-set filming. Reportedly, Stallone would make about three pilgrimages a day to the security barriers to shake hands with fans, pose for photos taken with their Instamatic cameras, let some of the more daring kiss him. When time did not allow for signing autographs, Stallone apparently would say: "You'd only lose it. A handshake lasts forever!" See more »

Quotes

Babe Milano: Nobody's 100%... Nobody.
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Alternate Versions

The original release in theaters ended showing Johnny Kovak getting shot at the top the staircase in his home. Then, in the last scene, the camera pans to show a close-up of a moving truck with a "bumper sticker" that says "Where's Johnny?". The cable release does not show that last scene. Instead, the closing credits are shown over a crowd of truckers with their fists in the air. See more »

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Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Norman Jewison (1999) See more »

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Rockin' Robin
Written by Leon René (as Jimmie Thomas)
Performed by Bobby Day
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Stallone's finest acting is seen here...
3 May 2006 | by qkill007See all my reviews

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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