Blood Feud (1983)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  25 April 1983 (USA)
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Made for TV movie about Bobby Kennedy's campaign to bring Jimmy Hoffa to justice.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Randy Powers
Phil Wharton (Kennedy Committee investigator)
Edward Grady Partin (Hoffa aide and head of Teamsters Local 5, Baton Rouge)
Douglas Dirkson ...
Clark Mollenhoff (labor reporter)
Sam Groom ...
Mel Pierce (polygraph operator)
Eddie Cheyfitz (Hoffa's attorney)
Sandy McPeak ...
L.A. Police Department Capt. Hamilton
Edward Bennett Williams (Hoffa's attorney)
James Neal
Frank Kierdorff (Hoffa enforcer / torch)


Made for TV movie about Bobby Kennedy's campaign to bring Jimmy Hoffa to justice.

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Crime | Drama





Release Date:

25 April 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Verfolgt bis in den Tod  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Blake was said to have wanted the part of Jimmy Hoffa so badly, that he made a deal that if he acted up during production, they could fire him without pay. See more »


Robert F. Kennedy: You - go to jail!
James Riddle 'Jimmy' Hoffa: Yeah?
Robert F. Kennedy: [pointing to himself] And this is the face that's going to put you there.
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A Thumb on the Scales
26 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

Great production values for a TV miniseries. Director Mike Newell shows great gusto in dealing with groups of people, a trait which became even more evident as he went on to "Enchanted April," "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Pushing Tin." The supporting cast does distinguished work.

Cotter Smith is daring in his first venture outside series TV when he borrows so many of Robert Kennedy's unsympathetic mannerisms, and he certainly can't be accused of holding back. Unfortunately, he's missing the undisputed charisma of RFK and worse, he's up against Robert Blake as Hoffa.

Evil is always more interesting than good, and Blake has a lifetime of scene-stealing behind him. He's fifteen years past "In Cold Blood" here, and at the top of his game. He's a madman spouting hypocrisy so well that while he's talking you might believe him. You definitely can't take your eyes off him. In the acting duel, as opposed to real life, Kennedy doesn't stand a chance here.

So it's worthwhile viewing, but remember afterwards, after Kennedy was killed by a Palestinian gunman, RFK's lifetime of work for civil rights and against crime left the world a better place.

And as Jimmy Hoffa slumbers peacefully under the 50-yard line at Meadowlands Stadium, remember that he stole recklessly from his union membership, and connived at far worse crimes than that. Nixon may have pardoned him, but we don't have to.

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