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14 January 1980 (USA) See more »
Loosely based on the life of Jimmy Hoffa, this traces the rise of Tommy Vanda (Joe Don Baker) from a... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Joe Don Baker ... Tommy Vanda

Karen Black ... Rose Vanda-Buchanan

David Groh ... Tony Guidice

Howard Da Silva ... Jack Eisenstadt

Tom Atkins ... Buck Buchanan

Scott Brady ... Armstrong

Victor Jory ... Hillman

Brian Kerwin ... Jack Vanda
Suzanne Lederer ... Catherine

William Lucking ... Sham Murphy (as Bill Lucking)

John Quade ... Loading Dock Foreman

Joe Santos ... Arthur 'Art' Konigsburg

Laraine Stephens ... Norma Greer

Paul Stewart ... Vince Yanelli

Jo Van Fleet ... Mother Vanda

Ralph Bellamy ... Ben Frelinghuysen

Red Buttons ... Solly Weiss

Brian Keith ... Charles Kandell
William Kirby Cullen ... Bobby Vanda
Don Reid ... Faraday

Brett Halsey ... The Prosecutor

Joseph Ruskin ... Bill Davis
Walter Barnes ... Al Grove
Michael Mullins ... Sean

Byron Morrow ... Harry Bliss

Jacques Aubuchon ... Robins

Kevin Hagen ... James Hackett
George Brenlin ... Fred Foster

David Levy ... Carl Biaggi
Than Wyenn ... Judge
Ed Deemer ... Jury Foreman
Larry Douglas ... Maitre'd
James Driskill ... Detective No 1 (as Jim Driskill)
Eddie Fontaine ... Jerry Collins
Don Furneaux ... Driver
Britt Leach ... Henry Bishop
Judie Carroll ... Secretary
Samantha McCoy ... Secretary (as Samantha Caulfield)
Tom Regan ... Detective No 2
Bill Jelliffe ... Britt - FBI Man
Michael Regan ... Johnny Cole
Barry Cahill ... Judge

Andrew Masset ... Felton
Tony Ramirez ... Sean Murphy at 10
Johnny Alpaugh ... Bobby Vanda at 10
Dian Eaton ... Juror
Vicky Perry ... Juror
Laurie Mendoza ... Juror
Eve McVeagh ... Juror
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Adler
Nora Boland
William Bronder

Lee Delano ... Fred Goff
Frederic Downs
John Durren ... Dan Feldon
Sean Garrison ... Tex

Bess Gatewood

Jim Haynie
Victor Holchak ... Lonny
Jean Holloway
Lance LeGault ... Stevens
Read Morgan
Ted White

Roz McHenry ... Bakery worker as roz roseman (uncredited)

Directed by
Barry Shear 
Virgil W. Vogel 
Writing credits
Ernest Tidyman 

Produced by
James H. Brown .... supervising producer
Jay Daniel .... producer
David Gerber .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jerrold Immel 
Cinematography by
Jacques R. Marquette  (as Jacques Marquette)
Film Editing by
Jim Benson 
Donald Douglas 
John V. LaBarbera 
Casting by
Diane Lomond 
Art Direction by
Richard Lawrence 
Ward Preston 
Costume Design by
Grady Hunt 
Production Management
Joe Don Baker .... production executive
Carl Olsen .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Barbara Gelman .... second assistant director
Bill Lukather .... assistant director
Sound Department
Richard I. Birnbaum .... production sound mixer (as Richard Birnbaum)
Don Cahn .... sound re-recording mixer
Don Crosby .... sound editor
Mark Dennis .... sound editor
Tony Garber .... sound editor
Gene Garvin .... sound re-recording mixer
Don Isaacs .... sound editor (as Don V. Isaacs)
Hank Salerno .... dialogue editor
Paul A. Sharpe .... sound re-recording mixer (as Paul Sharp)
Doug Grindstaff .... sound editor (uncredited)
Larry Singer .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Paul Stewart .... special effects
Larry Holt .... stunts
George Robotham .... stunt coordinator (as George Robothum)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael R. Marquette .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Al Onorato .... supervising casting director
Music Department
Sam E. Levin .... music editor
Other crew
Joe Don Baker .... production executive
Larry K. Johnson .... script supervisor (as Larry Johnson)

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USA:240 min | West Germany:182 min (TV)
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Wonderful !!!, 25 December 2011

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The perfect example of American "savoir faire", American saga about the true life of an union leader over thirty years. Inspired by Jimmy Hoffa's actual life, as was Norman Jewison's FIST, starring Sylvester Stallone. In this film, Joe Don Baker is really awesome as the lead, probably here the best performance of his whole career, better than the WALKING TALL trilogy. Although he was efficient here too.

I am surprised that this terrific TVM has not been commented yet. I don't understand. It would deserve to be talked about, and in a better way than mine. Written by Ernest Tidyman, author of SHAFT, this movie is made in a way that the audience stays stuck to this outstanding story, the classic rise and fall scheme as many people love to watch. American dream...

Director Barry Shear died during the production of the feature, and Virgil Vogel continued the work. The is here a bunch of old Hollywood stars: Howard Da Silva, Paul Stewart, Jo Van Fleet, Scott Brady, Victor Jory, and Red Buttons in a gang mob character, very surprising for this actor who has never been a bad guy in his whole career; at least as far as I know.


The last five minutes are unforgettable: just after Joe Don Baker has to testify in front the Grand Jury against the mob and rotten politics, he gets into a car with two men and the scene after, we see ONLY these two men get out of the car, in an automobile graveyard, and the car in question is grabbed by a giant grip before being dropped in a car crusher...And this is the end of this fantastic TV movie.

No comment.

A genuine masterpiece.

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