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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 »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

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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Trivia

The movie's opening title card states: "Cleveland, 1937". See more »

Quotes

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

The Magnetic Video two-VHS/Beta release has the original ending with the "Where's Johnny?" bumper sticker. That part was cut when the film went onto CBS/Fox Video in order to fit onto one video. This carried on to the first MGM/UA Home Video release in 1988. Finally, the bumper sticker finale was restored for MGM's 1998 video release, under the banner "MGM Movie Time". See more »

Connections

Referenced in The First Film (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Written by J. Fred Coots
Lyrics by Haven Gillespie
Performed by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters
Courtesy of MCA Records
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User Reviews

 
A glimpse of what Sly could have been
18 November 2004 | by robert-turner-1See all my reviews

This is a real hidden gem of a film. Thought provoking, intelligent and times indignant, without resorting to sentimentality.

Contrast this,with the commercially lucrative but artistically meaningless "Crash, Bang, Wallop" movies that Stallone became synonymous with in the 1980s.

Stallone can act when he wants to, and FIST amply demonstrates this wasted potential.

Based (very loosely) on the life of the Teamsters boss, Jimmy Hoffa, FIST charts the rise and fall of a Trade Union leader. A cautionary tale of how noble causes can be sullied by ambition and hubris.

I highly recommend it, if only to convince others that Stallone occasionally turned in a credible performance without the promise of a big pay day.


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

28 April 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

F.I.S.T. See more »

Filming Locations:

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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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