The story of the notorious American labor union figure Jimmy Hoffa, who organizes a bitter strike, makes deals with organized crime, and mysteriously disappears in 1975.

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Jo Hoffa
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Jack Nicholson's portrait of Teamsters Union leader Jimmy Hoffa, as seen through the eyes of his friend Bobby Ciaro (Danny DeVito). This film follows Hoffa's struggle to shape America's most influential labor union through his countless battles with the RTA. As he fights for workers' rights, Hoffa locks horns with industry management, organized crime and Attorney General Robert Kennedy. In 1975, four years after serving his prison term, Hoffa disappears, in one of America's most fascinating unsolved crime mysteries. Written by Anonymous

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The man who was willing to pay the price for power. See more »

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for violence and strong language | See all certifications »

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25 December 1992 (USA)  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$24,276,500 (USA)
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According to Danny DeVito in the DVD audio commentary, his young son was present on the set the day the scene was shot in which Hoffa rants to D'Allesandro about getting control of the union back from Fitzimmons. The tirade included the line "I'm gonna do what I gotta do!" According to DeVito, for months afterward whenever he asked his son do to something (i.e. clean his room, take out the trash, do his homework, etc.) his son would mimic Jack Nicholson and say "Dad... I'm gonna do what I gotta do!" See more »

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In the car, Bobby reaches for his cup of coffee twice. See more »

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[first lines]
Bobby Ciaro: Want me to go call him up?
Jimmy Hoffa: Uh-unh.
Bobby Ciaro: Want a cup of coffee?
Jimmy Hoffa: No.
Bobby Ciaro: Want to go?
[Hoffa gives him a scornful glance]
Bobby Ciaro: You okay?
Jimmy Hoffa: Yeah.
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Great Film
28 March 2004 | by (Detroit, Michigan) – See all my reviews

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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