F.I.S.T. (1978)

Johnny Kovak (Sylvester Stallone) is a trucker for a large and abusive company in the 1930s. He gets involved in union organizing for Mike Monahan (Richard Herd), a representative of the Federation of Insterstate Truckers (F.I.S.T., for… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1978
DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Steve Crum

So-so Sly Stallone as labor leader (like Hoffa). Diversion at best.

Variety Staff

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.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

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.

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Scott Weinberg

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.

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Time Out

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

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TV Guide

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.

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Clint Morris

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Cassie Hill
Definetely a great Sylvester Stallone film. I don't know he just has that certain coolness factor about him. Rent this movie!!!
Marcus Woolcott
It's well made but lacking any narrative so it just lurches along.
Daniel Perry
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).… More
alan jay
dramatic storytelling of how the teamsters was born..Stallone achieves a surprisingly meaningful performance, and is backed up by the excellent Steiger, Lo… More
Jamie Clarke
When you read about the plot in this film and the run time it doesn't seem very appealing but I have to say I enjoyed it, The story isn't nothing new,… More