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F.I.S.T.
     

F.I.S.T.

Director: Norman Jewison, Sylvester Stallone, Rod Steiger, Peter Boyle

Cast: Norman Jewison, Sylvester Stallone, Rod Steiger, Peter Boyle

 

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F.I.S.T. is author Norman Jewison's chronicle of an innocent and idealistic young man corrupted by power and success as seen through the rise of the United States labor movement. Sylvester Stallone plays a Jimmy Hoffa-inspired figure who rises through the union ranks during turbulent labor times. The film begins in 1937 during the burgeoning of the labor

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F.I.S.T. is author Norman Jewison's chronicle of an innocent and idealistic young man corrupted by power and success as seen through the rise of the United States labor movement. Sylvester Stallone plays a Jimmy Hoffa-inspired figure who rises through the union ranks during turbulent labor times. The film begins in 1937 during the burgeoning of the labor movement. Johnny Kovak (Sylvester Stallone) works on the dock unloading trucks for Win Talbot's (Henry Wilcoxon) trucking company. He turns to organizing the truckers for union representative Mike Monahan (Richard Herd). When Monahan is killed in a fight by strong-arm men hired by the company, Johnny becomes involved with Vince Doyle (Kevin Conway), the local gangster. After an angry response by the union, culminating in a massive riot, Johnny firmly aligns himself with Doyle, and the mob gets its meathooks further into the union. Thanks to the infusion of mob support, the union grows rich and powerful, along with Johnny. By the end of the 1950s, Johnny has so much power that he even manages to blackmail international union leader Max Graham (Peter Boyle) out of his job. Johnny is sitting on top of the world -- that is, until crusading United States senator Andrew Madison (Rod Steiger) targets Johnny's union for a federal investigation.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although years of Rocky and Rambo sequels and their like took their toll on Sylvester Stallone's acting aspirations, the fact is that when he began he showed some promise as an actor. F.I.S.T. is a reminder that, while he may not ever be in the same league as Robert De Niro, Stallone is capable of turning in an effective dramatic performance that does not simply trade upon his powerful physicality and enormous self-confidence. He displays a fine sensitivity in a number of scenes, including his bumbling efforts at winning the hand of Melinda Dillon, and he finds variety in his confrontations with his various nemeses, confrontations that could easily become monotonous. Equally important, he provides the presence that is necessary to hold together this would-be epic. Presumably the sure and experienced hand of Norman Jewison was of help in molding his performance, as well as in drawing fine support from Peter Boyle, Rod Steiger and Dillon. Jewison is less successful at bringing the various strands of the tale together, with the result that it lags after the first 90 minutes or so and loses too much steam before the end. Stallone and Joe Ezterhas's script runs off track occasionally, and it never delves as deeply or as meaningfully into the characters and situations as it think it does. Still, F.I.S.T. is a moderately enthralling flick with a number of pleasant surprises.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/2015
UPC:
0738329150327
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
PG
Source:
Kl Studio Classics
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:25:00
Sales rank:
1,765

Special Features

The fight for f.i.s.t.; Featurette with Director Norman Jewison and Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas; Original theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvester Stallone Johnny Kovak
Rod Steiger Sen. Andrew Madison
Peter Boyle Max Graham
Melinda Dillon Anna Zerinkas
David Huffman Abe Belkin
Tony Lo Bianco Babe Milano
Kevin Conway Vince Doyle
Cassie Yates Molly
Peter Donat Arthur St. Claire
Henry Wilcoxon Win Talbot
John Lehne Gant
Richard Herd Mike Monohan
Elena Karam Mrs. Zerinkas
Ken Kercheval Bernie Marr
Tony Mockus Tom Higgins
Brian Dennehy Frank Vasko
James Karen Andrews
Cole Dammett Kevin Kovak

Technical Credits
Norman Jewison Director,Producer
Tony Biggs Editor
Graeme Clifford Editor
Bill Conti Score Composer
Gene Corman Executive Producer
Joe Eszterhas Original Story,Screenwriter
Antony Gibbs Editor
Angelo P. Graham Art Director
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
Richard MacDonald Production Designer
George R. Nelson Set Decoration/Design
Patrick Palmer Associate Producer
Thalia Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Tony Scarano Costumes/Costume Designer
Sylvester Stallone Screenwriter
L. Andrew Stone Asst. Director
Anthea Sylbert Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Wilborn Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- F.I.S.T.
1. Chapter 1 [:11]
2. Chapter 2 [19:10]
3. Chapter 3 [21:40]
4. Chapter 4 [18:52]
5. Chapter 5 [17:51]
6. Chapter 6 [8:58]
7. Chapter 7 [12:53]
8. Chapter 8 [14:49]

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