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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

Director Norman Jewison and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas worked on the film's screenplay for about a year. The Wikipedia website states that, according to an article entitled 'Stallone Wins Heavyweight-Purse' by Gregg Kilday published in the April 2, 1977 edition of the Los Angeles Times, Sylvester Stallone rewrote Joe Eszterhas' script, saying "Joe Eszterhas wrote a script that was nearly four hundred pages and was more of a novel than a shootable screenplay. A great deal of work was done by myself, along with Norman Jewison, to hammer it into shape, but Joe had conceived a great concept". See more »

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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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Rise and fall of a Trade Union leader well performed by Stallone and professionally directed by Norman Jewison
10 November 2011 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

One of the best Stallone films set in the 1930s in which gives a good performance as a worker who joins the Teamsters trade-union in a local factory and being accompanied by a fine supporting cast . It deals with a love between a man, a country, the people he led and the woman he loved . Johnny Kovak (Sylvester Stallone) is an employee who works his way up as organizer and leader of Federation Interstate Truckers . Meanwhile he falls in love and marries a worker (Melinda Dillon) . As he climbs higher and higher thanks his connection with the Mob (Tony LoBianco). As his methods become more corrupt and ultimately senator Madison (Rod Steiger ) begins a campaign to discover the truth about his allegedly greedy practices .

This poignant film packs emotion , thrills , a love story political events and being quite entertaining though contains some ,predictable moments and cliché-ridden . The picture details biographic events about an Union leader , Jimmy Hoffa-lookalike, from his starts until his fall . Jewison cast some largely known actors as Sylvester Stallone , Melinda Dillon , Peter Boyle and a remarkable support cast as Richard Herd , Tony LoBianco , Peter Donat , Kevin Conway, Cassie Yates , Richard Herd and the veteran Henry Wilcoxon and several others . Stallone , also screenwriter along with Eszterhas creates an even more interesting character than Rocky Balboa . Atmospheric musical score including moving sounds by Bill Conti and appropriate cinematography by excellent cameraman Laszlo Kovacs.

The motion picture is well produced and directed by Norman Jewison . He is a prestigious and veteran filmmaker, his greatest film is of course Jesus Christ Superstar . He directed successful movies as Fiddler on the roof , Agnes of God , Moonstruck , Thomas Crown and Cinncinati Kid . However , he also got some flops as Bogus, In country , Only you and Other's people money and his last picture titled The statement . He considers The Hurricane (1999) the last in a trilogy of racial bigotry movies he's realized, the first two being In the Heat of the Night (1967) and A Soldier's Story (1984). Rating : Good, worthwhile seeing for its epic moments and thought-provoking issues .


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