F.I.S.T (1978)

# 14835 IMDb PG 

F.I.S.T (1978


taglineA love story between a man, a country, the people he led and the woman he loved.

Director: Norman Jewison

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Bruce McGill, Peter Boyle, Brian Dennehy, Rod Steiger

Crime, Drama, Thriller (2h 25min)


Rated 6.4 after 6,311 votes, 54% postive reviews on 18-Oct-18.

1 win & 1 nomination


Johnny Kovak joins the Teamsters trade-union in a local chapter in the 1930s and works his way up in the organization. As he climbs higher and higher his methods become more ruthless and finally senator Madison starts a campaign to find the truth about the alleged connections with the Mob.


Norman Jewison (director) Sylvester Stallone Rod Steiger Peter Boyle Melinda Dillon David Huffman Kevin Conway

Sylvester Stallone (Johnny Kovak), Rod Steiger (Senator Madison), Peter Boyle (Max Graham), Melinda Dillon (Anna Zarinkas), David Huffman (Abe Belkin), Kevin Conway (Vince Doyle), Tony Lo Bianco (Babe Milano), Cassie Yates (Molly), Peter Donat (Arthur St. Clair), John Lehne (Mr. Gant), Henry Wilcoxon (Win Talbot), Richard Herd (Mike Monahan), Tony Mockus Jr. (Tom Higgins (as Tony Mockus)), Ken Kercheval (Bernie Marr), Elena Karam (Mrs. Zerinkas), Joe Tornatore (Angel), James Karen (Andrews), Stuart Gillard (Phil Talbot), Brian Dennehy (Frank Vasko), Sam Chew Jr. (Peter Jacobs (as Sam Chew)), Robert Lipton (Dave Roberts), John Bleifer (Mishka), Frank McRae (Lincoln Dombrowsky), Rozsika Halmos (Mrs. Kovak), Earl Montgomery (Russell Langley), Harry Basch (Network Announcer), Nada Rowand (Mrs. Vasko), Chuck Gradi (Jugovich aka Jugs), Alphonse Skerl (Priest (as Father Alphonse Skerl)), Reid Cruickshanks (McGuinn), Sidney Clute (Company Negotiator), M. Patrick Hughes (Jocko), Bill Zuckert (Delegate Bob), Martin Braddock (Attorney Negotiations), Barry Atwater (Milano's Attorney), Sandy Ward (The Man), Andy Romano (Man #1), Frank Whiteman (Gunman #3), Hugo Bolba (Zigi), Ron Delagardelle (Samuels)...

From the same director


Joe Eszterhas (story), Joe Eszterhas (screenplay), Sylvester Stallone (screenplay), Norman Jewison (screenplay) (uncredited)

Produced by

Gene Corman (executive producer), Norman Jewison (producer), Patrick J. Palmer (associate producer (as Patrick Palmer))



One of the best Stallone films set in the 1930s in which gives a good performance as a worker who joins the Teamsters trade-union in a local factory and being accompanied by a fine supporting cast . It deals with a love between a man, a country, the people he led and the woman he loved . Johnny Kovak (Sylvester Stallone) is an employee who works his way up as organizer and leader of Federation Interstate Truckers . Meanwhile he falls in love and marries a worker (Melinda Dillon) . As he climbs higher and higher thanks his connection with the Mob (Tony LoBianco). As his methods become more corrupt and ultimately senator Madison (Rod Steiger ) begins a campaign to discover the truth about his allegedly greedy practices .

This poignant film packs emotion , thrills , a love story political events and being quite entertaining though contains some ,predictable moments and cliché-ridden . The picture details biographic events about an Union leader , Jimmy Hoffa-lookalike, from his starts until his fall . Jewison cast some largely known actors as Sylvester Stallone , Melinda Dillon , Peter Boyle and a remarkable support cast as Richard Herd , Tony LoBianco , Peter Donat , Kevin Conway, Cassie Yates , Richard Herd and the veteran Henry Wilcoxon and several others . Stallone , also screenwriter along with Eszterhas creates an even more interesting character than Rocky Balboa . Atmospheric musical score including moving sounds by Bill Conti and appropriate cinematography by excellent cameraman Laszlo Kovacs.

The motion picture is well produced and directed by Norman Jewison . He is a prestigious and veteran filmmaker, his greatest film is of course Jesus Christ Superstar . He directed successful movies as Fiddler on the roof , Agnes of God , Moonstruck , Thomas Crown and Cinncinati Kid . However , he also got some flops as Bogus, In country , Only you and Other's people money and his last picture titled The statement . He considers The Hurricane (1999) the last in a trilogy of racial bigotry movies he's realized, the first two being In the Heat of the Night (1967) and A Soldier's Story (1984).

Memorable quotes

Babe Milano: Nobody's 100%... Nobody.


Newly a big star, Sylvester Stallone was frequently hounded, screamed at, and sought out to be touched by fans during principal photography on this picture. Thousands of fans from more than one hundred miles away gathered daily to filming locations in Dubuque, Iowa chanting "Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!" from behind rope and police barriers, and frequently only a block away from the on-set filming. Reportedly, Stallone would make about three pilgrimages a day to the security barriers to shake hands with fans, pose for photos taken with their Instamatic cameras, let some of the more daring kiss him. When time did not allow for signing autographs, Stallone apparently would say: "You'd only lose it. A handshake lasts forever!"

32 total 


1 win & 1 nomination 
International Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA) • The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards

Other titles

F.I.S.T ((original title); Argentina; Canada (English title); France; Romania) • Ф.И.С.T. (Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)) • F.I.S.T. (Brazil; Italy; USA) • P.E.S.T. (Czech Republic) • Bossen (Denmark) • F.I.S.T. Símbolo de fuerza (Spain) • K.O.V.A. (Finland) • T.U.F.F. (Finland (Swedish title)) • Mushti (Georgia) • Πυγμή (Greece) • Ö.K.Ö.L. (Hungary) • Кулак (Soviet Union (Russian title)) • Kamyoncu (Turkey (Turkish title)) • Ein Mann geht seinen Weg (West Germany) • F.I.S.T. - Ein Mann geht seinen Weg (West Germany) • Fist (World-wide (English title) (alternative spelling))



Argentina:18 / Argentina:13 / Australia:PG / Finland:K-16 / Iceland:16 / Norway:16 / Sweden:15 / United Kingdom:A / United Kingdom:PG / United States:PG / West Germany:16



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