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F.I.S.T. (1978)


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In this actioner, a pugnacious aspiring pugilist pummels his way out of the slums to become a professional prizefighter. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


Drama, Action & Adventure

Joe Eszterhas

Dec 13, 2005

MGM Home Entertainment

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (2)

F.I.S.T. stands for nearly 2 1/2 hours of almost unmitigated boredom-a misfired would-be proletarian epic with Sylvester Stallone misplaying the Jimmy Hoffa part with a self-confidence that borders on the sublime.

March 25, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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F.I.S.T. is to the labor movement in the United States what All the King's Men was to an era in American politics.

March 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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Stallone's performance is a superb blend of stubborn-jawed gravity and ironic hamming.

March 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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F.I.S.T. is a big movie that benefits more from the accumulation of small, ordinary detail than from any particular wit or inspiration of vision. It's also played with great conviction by its huge cast.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Stallone likes to depart from his customary muscle image from time to time. Often it fails, but sometimes he succeeds, as in this interesting (albeit somewhat flawed) drama of a Hoffa-like trade union leader.

March 25, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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So-so Sly Stallone as labor leader (like Hoffa). Diversion at best.

November 3, 2007

You'll most likely enjoy F.I.S.T. as much as I did: enough to casually recommend the thing, but not all that loudly or excitedly.

December 5, 2005 Full Review Source:

Stallone shows signs of greatness here. Jewison's direction is slick and steady.

October 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Moviehole

It is well-trodden territory, with nothing exciting or enlightening offered.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Audience Reviews for F.I.S.T.

Rocky becomes a union leader, while Norman Jewison steals scenes directly from Frank Capra (It's a Wonderful Life) and Vittorio de Sica (Bicycle Thieves). Absolutely brutal.
July 23, 2008

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dramatic storytelling of how the teamsters was born..Stallone achieves a surprisingly meaningful performance, and is backed up by the excellent Steiger, Lo Bianco and Boyle...this movie has an epic feel and provides an interesting insiders look how the union came to be....a bit violent but that is part of the true story of the push/pull dynamic of workers rights vs the corporation...I enjoyed it quite a bit
June 12, 2008
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