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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.
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.
Stallone's performance is a superb blend of stubborn-jawed gravity and ironic hamming.
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.
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.
So-so Sly Stallone as labor leader (like Hoffa). Diversion at best.
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.
Stallone shows signs of greatness here. Jewison's direction is slick and steady.
It is well-trodden territory, with nothing exciting or enlightening offered.
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