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

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Carol D'Allesandro
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Pete Connelly
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Red Bennett
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Billy Flynn
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Jo Hoffa
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Hoffa's Attorney
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Ted Harmon
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Solly Stein
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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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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 »

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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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In the part of this film where Hoffa (Jack Nicholson), Bobby (Danny DeVito), and D'Allesandro (Armand Assante) have their meeting out in the woods. The scene begins with Bobby sitting in a woody wagon and placing an empty beer bottle on a post before driving down to meet Hoffa. In a scene that followed, but was cut, Bobby gave D'Allesandro a hunting rifle. D'Allesandro then tried and failed to shoot the beer bottle off of the post. Hoffa then shoots the bottle off in one shot, upstaging D'Allesandro. See more »

Goofs

When Bobby makes his final phone call, it is 7:12 and he says they have been waiting for 4 hours, which would be 3:12. The meeting was set for 2:00. See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Danny DeVito/Bon Jovi (1993) See more »

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Written by Mark Fisher, Joe Goodwin and Larry Shay
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Union city blues
18 June 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Danny DeVito directs and co-stars with Jack Nicholson in Hoffa. DeVito had high hopes for the film and felt that not only would it be a commercial success but a critical one with awards for cinematography, production design and acting.

The film failed at the box office and did not garner the awards expected. The reason because the film is a honourable failure. There is a script by David Mamet and although there are some great production values its not consistent. There is a great scene where Hoffa is talking to some people in a corridor of a building with big windows. Through the windows you can see a courtyard with a market going on with people going about in period costume. In a costume drama, many other people because of the budgetary concerns would had done it just in a walled corridor.

However you have scenes where its obviously done in a film set and some scenes are obviously staged such as the hunting scene.

The biggest problem is the film does not address the audience outside of the USA who have little or no idea of who Hoffa was. I heard about him as a college student mainly to do with the fact that this a notorious Union leader who is now supporting some bridge under a highway!

During the initial scenes when DeVito's character who is a composite of several real life persons first meets Hoffa, I had no idea when the meeting took place. In the 1930s or 40s or the 50s? When Hoffa takes over the Teamster union and wants some people fired, why exactly did he want this? Who were this people that he wanted fired? As we do not know this people do we care? What exactly did Hoffa do wrong for him to be imprisoned? Getting a shady Italian-American to make money for you via some loans is not illegal surely at that time unless it was actual money laundering. Wikipedia tells me that it was fraud, jury tampering and bribery. The film is called Hoffa yet we know so little about him after viewing the film.

The film is told in flashbacks as Hoffa waits for a meeting in a parking lot of a diner. Again we are not told of the time period of this setting which should be the mid 1970s as that is when he disappeared although the ending in this film leave little doubt what happens to Hoffa.

Its a well constructed film of a man that divides America but DeVito the director needed Mamet to put more detailed in the script so we have a better idea of who Hoffa was.


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