Cinema: J.U.N.K.

"F.I.S.T."

Directed by Norman Jewison

Screenplay by Joe Eszterhas and Sylvester Stallone

The acronym F.I.S.T. stands for the Federation of Interstate Truckers, a fictional labor union that only a newly arrived Martian could misunderstand as inspired by anything but the Teamsters. The movie "F.I.S.T." stands for nearly 2½ 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.

When movies go as wrong as this manifestly expensive project has done, it is difficult to know where to begin—or to stop—criticizing them. But basically this potted history of what press...

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