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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.more
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

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Sylvester Stallone
as Johnny Kovak
Rod Steiger
as Sen. Andrew Madison
Peter Boyle
as Max Graham
Melinda Dillon
as Anna Zerinkas
David Huffman
as Abe Belkin
Tony Lo Bianco
as Babe Milano
Kevin Conway
as Vince Doyle
Peter Donat
as Arthur St. Claire
Henry Wilcoxon
as Win Talbot
Richard Herd
as Mike Monahan
Elena Karam
as Mrs. Zerinkas
Ken Kercheval
as Bernie Marr
Tony Mockus Jr.
as Tom Higgins
Brian Dennehy
as Frank Vasko
James Karen
as Andrews
Cole Dammett
as Kevin Kovak
Tony Mockus
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
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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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