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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol D'Allesandro
Pete Connelly
Young Kid
Red Bennett
Billy Flynn
Jo Hoffa
Hoffa's Attorney
Ted Harmon
Young Woman at RTA
Solly Stein
Joanne Neer ...
Soignee Woman


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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His name was James R. Hoffa. Some had a reason to love him. Some had a reason to fear him. He did what he had to do. See more »


Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 December 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hoffa  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)


$24,276,500 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Courtroom scenes were filmed in the Wayne County Commission (Detroit) meeting room and most of the extras were Commissioners, their staffs, and County workers. See more »


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


[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 about a great man
5 June 2005 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

I actually knew a guy whose uncle would have coffee with Hoffa regularly in Chicago and they were good friends so this movie is very near and dear to me. Hoffa did for organized labor what Martin Luther King Jr. did for civil rights. He pioneered it, organized it, led it and ultimately died for it. Jack Nicholson is dynamite. He really looks like Jimmy Hoffa and he's got him down pat. You feel empathy for him, what he has to go thru, and the constant, devastating betrayals that occur throughout his life by the Mob and the Teamsters. Danny DeVito is good and you feel sorry for him almost as much as you respect him and even fear him. He's tough, brash, competent and a good shot with a .45 Auto and he loves Hoffa. That is evident early on and doesn't leave you. This movie was made not as a factual piece but more of a testament to his movement and his struggle to fight for his men and get them what they deserve. The ending is very poignant and endearing almost to a fault. If you are interested in finding out what really happened to Hoffa read Contract Killer by William Hoffman and Lake Headley it goes into great detail about his final hours, who killed him and most importantly why. The message is simple. What you love can kill you and most men who sacrifice all for a cause end up becoming martyrs to it.

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