F.I.S.T. (1978)




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The Jimmy Hoffa-esque struggles of a young teamster to organize a union for his fellow teamsters provides the basis of this epic drama that stars Sylvester Stallone. On his way to the top of the unions, the increasingly ruthless and amoral teamster makes the fatal mistake of getting involved with the mob.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Joe Eszterhas, Sylvester Stallone
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 13, 2005
MGM Home Entertainment



as Johnny Kovak

as Sen. Andrew Madison

as Max Graham

as Anna Zerinkas

as Abe Belkin

as Babe Milano

as Vince Doyle

as Arthur St. Claire

as Win Talbot

as Mike Monahan

as Mrs. Zerinkas

as Bernie Marr

as Tom Higgins

as Frank Vasko

as Andrews

as Kevin Kovak

as Tom Higgins
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Critic Reviews for F.I.S.T.

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2013
Top Critic

Stallone's performance is a superb blend of stubborn-jawed gravity and ironic hamming.

Full Review… | March 25, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

F.I.S.T. is another in a long line of well-made films that excel in their particulars, even if they fall a little short as complete, complex pieces of cinema.

Full Review… | February 9, 2015
The Dissolve

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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2013
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Audience Reviews for F.I.S.T.


Definetely a great Sylvester Stallone film. I don't know he just has that certain coolness factor about him. Rent this movie!!!

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

It's well made but lacking any narrative so it just lurches along.

Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

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