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F.I.S.T (1978)

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 »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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:

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,388,920
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Norman Jewison said of Sylvester Stallone for this film's publicity: "Stallone isn't just a movie star to those fans. He has become a cult hero to them. They identify with him as they do with rock stars, like Elvis Presley or The Beatles. They're more reserved with other film stars, who seem less approachable. They think of Stallone, like Rocky, as part of them. He's very open." See more »

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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 »

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Stompin' at the Savoy
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Good, epic story
11 September 2000 | by Russell DoddSee all my reviews

This is an unappreciated film, mostly because it's star doesn't exactly have a good reputation as an 'actor'. This film is definately worth catching and it is worthy of repeated viewings. The music too is perfect for the film. It charts the rise of a Union leader from his humble beginnings to his fame. The story sustains the attention of the viewer throughout the picture. Stallone is better in the earlier scenes as a young Johny Kovak. His acting limitations come about as we see him as an older man. All he does his makes his voice a little husky and the make up on him (and other members of the cast) is ineffective. Early in his career, kovak has the dilema of bringing in the mob for help after an unsuccessful strike which results in one of his best men being killed. If he brings them in, he can enforce his will on the big companies and make the union very strong. Without them, he has little chance of the union growing. To the dismay of his best friend, he takes them in. His decision comes back to haunt him. Stallone tailored the script so he can play the good guy, originally Kovak wasn't a nice man. There is a nice scene with him and Brian Dehenny who later would turn up as Rambo's nemesis in first blood. I would certainly recommend fans and non fans of Stallone to catch this movie.


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