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Hoffa (1992)

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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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)

Gross USA:

$24,276,500
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In this film, Robert Kennedy declares during the hearing "If Mister Hoffa is acquitted, I'll jump from the capitol dome!" In a scene that followed, but was cut, Hoffa and the others celebrate his acquittal by eating a cake shaped like the U.S. Capitol Building and featuring a figurine Robert Kennedy jumping from the dome with a parachute. See more »

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When Hoffa is shot for the final time, the back window of his car is shattered, but when it is driven up into the back of the semi, you can see the window is undamaged. 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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there are no opening credits and the title of the film at the beginning. See more »

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Referenced in The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.77 (2010) See more »

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Hey Look Me Over
Written by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh
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You don't have to like the man to like the movie
13 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

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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