Continuing the story of Aurora Greenway in her latter years. After the death of her daughter, Aurora struggled to keep her family together, but has one grandson in jail, a rebellious ... See full summary »
Jack Nicholson's portrait of Union leader James R. Hoffa, as seen through the eyes of his friend, Bobby Ciaro (Danny DeVito). The film follows Hoffa through his countless battles with the RTA and President Roosevelt all the way to a conclusion that negates the theory that he disappeared in 1975. Written by
In the scene after "Red" Bennett is appointed chairman in the union after the success of the Kreger strike, Jimmy Hoffa picks up a paper from the news stand and reads the headline about the strike. If you pay close attention to the moment when he slaps the paper and says "Ain't that something?" the story his hand touches on the page reads: "Ma and Freddie Barker killed in gun battle". It is a true headline and it places the date in the scene somewhere around January 1935 (when Ma Barker was killed). See more »
In the scene where Hoffa, Billy Flynn, and Bobby Ciaro are preparing to set fire to a laundromat, Hoffa tells Ciaro to stay in the truck's cab and keep the engine running and in gear. This makes no sense, since Ciaro would have to keep the clutch down for the entire time it takes Hoffa and Flynn to set the fire. It would make more sense for Ciaro to keep the transmission running in idle, then quickly put it in gear for the getaway when Hoffa and Flynn are about to re-enter the truck. See more »
I thought this was a great film, and I stress the word "film" because so many people are critical of "Hoffa" due to its lack of total historical accuracy. Its a movie based on a historical figure ,not a historical biography. Creative license was used to portray a man that while corrupt, was necessary for the American labor movement at that time. Many people owe Jimmy Hoffa a great deal of gratitude for the advancements he made for the "Working Man". This is often lost today because Jimmy Hoffa ultimately went down, and as we all know Americans love a winner. Danny Devito and Jack Nicholson were great. The DVD is well worth its price and contains some great extras, including some actual footage of Jimmy Hoffa and Robert Kennedy at the hearings in the late 50's. 9 out of 10 .
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