Due to the lack of men after the Civil War, a small western town allows a bachelorette with ulterior motives to save a horse-thief from the gallows by marrying him. They must deal with his old gang, the sheriff, the bank - and each other.
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
Filming was taking place on location at the old Ambassador Hotel when the Rodney King beating trial verdict was announced. Rioting in Los Angeles broke out that evening, but filming continued until late in the evening. Things seemed relatively peaceful in L.A. the next morning, so filming resumed as scheduled. However, by two o'clock in the afternoon, rioting had become so intense, that the City of Los Angeles pulled the production's filming permit. The cast, crew, and hundreds of extras were released to make their way home amid the columns of smoke, sounds of gunfire, and clogged freeways. About three weeks later, cast, crew and extras returned to the Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard to finish shooting the interrupted scenes. See more »
When Jimmy and Billy torch bomb the building, they create a blast so intense, it blows out the passenger side window on Bobby's truck. Yet in the following shots, the window goes from being intact, to being shattered. See more »
I have no interest in the life of Jimmy Hoffa, and I am predisposed to disliking the man even before the first frame of Hoffa is run. But I do watch, knowing the film is from a very good David Mamet script, knowing that I want to be convinced that Jack Nicholson is one of our great actors, and knowing that Danny DeVito is a very serious filmmaker--that I will see his heart and soul in the film.
I am not disappointed, and I still care, not at all about James Hoffa, the man.
Jack Nicholson is one of our great actors, and regardless of all his extra curricular activities, he is a committed and serious craftsman, and his portrayal of James Hoffa is fine craftsmanship.
The story of Hoffa itself may be the least interesting component of the film. The production design is beautiful-a perfect compliment to the words of Mamet delivered by a painstakingly perfect cast.
Should you have the opportunity to view the deluxe laserdisk with the Danny Devito commentary and extra production materials you will be treated.
Not a film for everyone, but I liked it.
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