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Hoffa -- A film based on the story of legendary union figure Jimmy Hoffa.

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Writer (WGA):
David Mamet (written by)
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Release Date:
25 December 1992 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
He was capable of anything. He wasn't afraid of anyone. That's why everyone was afraid of him. See more »
Plot:
A film based on the story of legendary union figure Jimmy Hoffa. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The real Hoffa and the reel Hoffa See more (63 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Nicholson ... James R. 'Jimmy' Hoffa

Danny DeVito ... Bobby Ciaro

Armand Assante ... Carol D'Allesandro

J.T. Walsh ... Frank Fitzsimmons

John C. Reilly ... Pete Connelly

Frank Whaley ... Young Kid

Kevin Anderson ... Robert Kennedy

John P. Ryan ... Red Bennett

Robert Prosky ... Billy Flynn

Natalija Nogulich ... Jo Hoffa

Nicholas Pryor ... Hoffa's Attorney

Paul Guilfoyle ... Ted Harmon

Karen Young ... Young Woman at RTA

Cliff Gorman ... Solly Stein
Joanne Neer ... Soignee Woman
Joe Greco ... Loading Foreman (as Joe V. Greco)
Jim Ochs ... Kreger Worker
Joe Quasarano ... Dock Worker
Don Brockett ... Police Captain
Nicholas Giordano ... Cop
Dale Young ... Father Doyle

Jennifer Nicholson ... Nurse Nun in White
Don Vargo ... Driver with Pistol
Anthony Cannata ... Organizer

Valentino Cimo ... Assailant #1
Willy Rizzo ... Scialla

Tom Finnegan ... Teamster President
Kirk Anderson ... Driver with Flat (as Kirk Palmer Anderson)
Sam Nicotero ... Counterman at Laundry
John Malloy ... Counterman at Roadhouse
Louis Giambalvo ... RTA Representative
Robin Eurich ... Reporter #1

Robert Maffia ... Reporter #2

Gerry Becker ... Business Negotiator

Shirley Prestia ... Hoffa's Secretary
John Hackett ... Bladesdale
Peter J. Reineman ... Working Man (as Peter J. Reinemann)
Joey Dal Santo ... 'Joey' Boy at RTA

Kevin Crowley ... Reporter
Tomasino Baratta ... D'Allesandro's Man
Angela Block ... Hoffa's Daughter
Anna Marie Knierim ... Teamster Widow
Staci Marie Marcum ... Woman in Cabin
Alton Bouchard ... Airplane Pilot
Dennis Tolkach ... Airplane Pilot
John Judd ... Senate Policeman
Jeff Howell ... Senate Reporter (as Jeffrey Howell)
Fred Scialla ... Castratore
Christopher Otto ... Young Reporter
Annette DePetris ... Newspaper Secretary
William Cameron ... State Trooper
Rudy E. Morrison ... Copa Thug
Joanne Deak ... Woman in Penthouse

Richard Schiff ... Government Attorney
Allison Robinson ... Ciaro's Secretary

Steve Witting ... Eliot Cookson
Kathy Hartsell ... Dancer with Cigarette
Philip Perlman ... Maitre'd
Sean P. Bello ... Party Crasher
Robert L. Feist ... Bouncer (as Robert Feist)

Peter Spellos ... Man in Crowd
Steven E. Goldsmith ... Bailiff
Marty Perlov ... Bartender
Tim Gamble ... Prosecutor
Judge Thomas A. Van Tiem Sr. ... Judge

Thomas D. Mahard ... Bartender

Gary Houston ... Government Agent in Bar
Dinah Lynch ... Barbara Hoffa
Jillian Alyse Cardillo ... Granddaughter
Jacqulyne Marie Cardillo ... Granddaughter
Chet Badalato ... Hoffa's Driver
David Regal ... Newsman
Paul M. White ... Young Driver
James 'Ike' Eichling ... Prison Guard
Dean Wells ... Convict #1
Bill Dalzell ... Convict #2 (as Bill Dalzell III)
Samson Barkhordarian ... Official at Hall
Alex A. Kvassay ... Airplane Pilot

Larry John Meyers ... Newsman

John 'Cha Cha' Ciarcia ... D'Ally's Financial Advisor (as Cha Cha Ciarcia)
Sherri Mazie ... Reporter
Dave Shemo ... Young Reporter
David Calvin Berg ... Committee Chairman
David Sconduto ... Social Club Waiter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Amen ... Teamster (uncredited)
Lena Banks ... Secretary (uncredited)

Sam Bauso ... Waiter (uncredited)

Tim Burton ... Corpse (uncredited)

Scott Campbell ... Detroit News Reporter (uncredited)
Stephen Detherage ... Teamster (uncredited)

Thomas F. Evans ... Detroit Cop (uncredited)

Jon Favreau ... Extra (uncredited)

April Freeman ... Reporter (uncredited)
Steven Hauptman ... Strike Breaker (uncredited)

John W. Iwanonkiw ... Dock Worker (uncredited)

Bruno Kirby ... Nightclub Comic (uncredited)

Tim Lovelace ... Bakery Worker (uncredited)

Anthony Moscato ... Teamster (uncredited)

Phil Nardozzi ... Reporter (uncredited)

Dave Petti ... Newsreporter (uncredited)

John Pullum ... Dock Worker (uncredited)
T.W. Reed ... Trucker (uncredited)

Daniel Riggs ... Union Worker (uncredited)

Timilee Romolini ... Vegas Showgirl (uncredited)
Keith Schrader ... Teamster (uncredited)
Joe Shelby ... Teamster (uncredited)

Ursula Whittaker ... Las Vegas Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Danny DeVito 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
David Mamet (written by)

Produced by
Caldecot Chubb .... producer
Danny DeVito .... producer
Joseph Isgro .... executive producer
Wm. Barclay Malcolm .... associate producer
David Mamet .... associate producer
Edward R. Pressman .... producer
Harold Schneider .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
David Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Stephen H. Burum 
 
Film Editing by
Lynzee Klingman 
Ronald Roose 
 
Casting by
David Rubin 
Debra Zane 
 
Production Design by
Ida Random 
 
Art Direction by
Gary Wissner 
 
Set Decoration by
Brian Savegar 
 
Costume Design by
Deborah Lynn Scott 
 
Makeup Department
Don Abbinanti .... makeup artist: Chicago (as Donald Abbinanti)
John Blake .... makeup artist
Milton Buras .... hair stylist
Greg Cannom .... special makeup designer
Ve Neill .... supervising makeup artist
Kim Santantonio .... hair stylist
Yolanda Toussieng .... supervising hair stylist
Keith VanderLaan .... makeup effects artist: Cannom Creations (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Grace Gilroy .... unit production manager
Harold Schneider .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fernando Castroman .... second second assistant director
Ned Dowd .... first assistant director
Sandra Holmen .... trainee assistant director
B. Scott Senechal .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Paul V. Allen Sr. .... set dressing leadman: Chicago (as Paul V. Allen)
Steve Badillo .... labor foreman
Terry Baughman .... construction foreman: Chicago
Robert Bonino .... carpenter foreman (as Robert L. Bonino)
David F. Bornstein .... construction foreman (as David Fred Bornstein)
Gary A. Brewer .... set dresser: Los Angeles (as Gary Brewer)
Randy Brewer .... leadperson (as John 'Randy' Brewer)
Peter Bunch .... carpenter foreman (as Peter E. Bunch)
Joseph Ciraolo .... set artist
Daniel B. Clancy .... set dressing leadman: Chicago
Charles Daboub Jr. .... set designer
Tim Dent .... lead person
Dale DeStefani .... construction foreman
Chuck Eskridge .... stand-by painter (as Charles W. Eskridge Jr.)
Robert Fechtman .... set designer
Gus Feederle .... set dresser
Emily Ferry .... property master
Gary Fettis .... set decorator: Los Angeles
Gershon Ginsburg .... assistant art director
Otniel Gonzalez .... assistant props
Michael Grady .... set buyer: Detroit
Michael Grady .... set dresser: Detroit
Michael Kolko .... set estimator
'Wild Bill' Laczko .... property assistant: Pittsburgh (as William A. Laczko)
Ed Lohrer III .... set dresser (as Edwin Lohrer III)
Ernest Lopez .... plaster foreman (as Ernest Lopez Jr.)
Greg Lynch .... set dresser: Los Angeles
Randy Martens .... greensman
Oscar Mazzola .... art department production assistant
Sam Mendoza .... construction foreman
Harold Michelson .... art department visual consultant
Michael Molen .... carpenter foreman
Johnny Molina .... labor foreman (as Johnny A. Molina)
Jim Motyl .... set dresser (as James Motyl)
John J. Rutchland III .... general foreman (as John Rutchland III)
John J. Rutchland Jr. .... construction coordinator
Jennifer Rutchland .... construction production assistant: Chicago
Thomas Sedor .... property master: Chicago
Joy Taylor .... assistant property master
Rand Templeton .... art department production assistant
Christopher Woodworth .... paint coordinator
Vincent Borrelli .... painter (uncredited)
Anthony Joseph Fatigato .... painter (uncredited)
Christopher Gilman .... props (uncredited)
Dick Hansen .... props (uncredited)
Smith Harper Hutchings .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Kent Jones .... painter (uncredited)
Johnny Knight .... carpenter (uncredited)
Robert E. Knight .... set painter (uncredited)
Joe Miller .... painter (uncredited)
Robert Misetich .... set paint foreman (uncredited)
Mike Monckton .... lead signwriter (uncredited)
Mary O'Brien .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Eugene Pope .... carpenter (uncredited)
Gregory Puchalski .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Gregory Puchalski .... signwriter (uncredited)
Michael Walsh .... head buyer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Richard L. Anderson .... supervising sound editor
David Bartlett .... sound editor
Bill W. Benton .... sound re-recording mixer
Dean Beville .... sound editor
Matthew C. Beville .... sound transfer
Joseph F. Brennan .... boom operator
John Brilhante .... sound re-recordist (as John W. Brilhante)
Zane D. Bruce .... foley artist
Thomas Causey .... sound mixer (as Thomas D. Causey)
Mike Chock .... sound editor
James Christopher .... sound editor
Mark Coffey .... sound transfer
Louis Counte .... sound recordist
John Dunn .... sound editor
Judee Flick .... sound editor
Stephen Hunter Flick .... supervising sound editor (as Stephen H. Flick)
Jeff Gomillion .... adr mixer
Mark Kamps .... adr assistant
Richard Kite .... cable person
Nicholas Vincent Korda .... adr supervisor (as Nicholas V. Korda)
Dean G. Manly .... first assistant sound editor
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Rick Mitchell .... sound editor
Dave Moreno .... sound transfer
Michael Novitch .... sound engineer
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Alexandra Root .... assistant sound editor
Joseph T. Sabella .... foley artist
Jackson Schwartz .... foley mixer
Norto Sepulveda .... adr editor
Dan Sharp .... sound re-recordist
Marvin Walowitz .... sound editor
Alan Bromberg .... sound editor (uncredited)
Cory Coken .... additional adr artist (uncredited)
Thierry J. Couturier .... sound editor (uncredited)
Elliott Koretz .... sound editor (uncredited)
Steve Lee .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Timothy Pearson .... foley artist (uncredited)
Scott D. Smith .... sound mixer: Chicago (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jan Aaris .... special effects (as Jan H. Aaris)
David Amborn .... special effects
John Frazier .... special effects coordinator
Rocky Gehr .... special effects
Steve Luport .... special effects
Francis Pennington .... special effects
Arnold Peterson .... special effects (as Arnie Peterson)
Paul Ryan .... special effects
Harold Selig .... special effects (as Harold G. Selig)
Roland Blancaflor .... special effects technician: Cannom Creations (uncredited)
 
Stunts
G.A. Aguilar .... stunts
Danny Aiello III .... stunts
Andy Armstrong .... stunt coordinator
Gary Baxley .... stunts
Dana Bertolette .... stunts (as Dana D. Bertolette)
Simone Boisseree .... stunts
Eddie Braun .... stunts
Peter Bucossi .... stunts
Richard E. Butler .... stunts
Hank Calia .... stunts
Frank P. Calzavara .... stunts
Rudy J. Calzavara .... stunts
Kenneth Cervi .... stunts (as Ken Cervi)
Erik Cord .... stunts
Leon Delaney .... stunts
Richard Drown .... stunt double: Mr. De Vito
Donna Evans .... stunts
Eddie J. Fernandez .... stunts
Frank Ferrara .... stunts
James Fierro .... stunts
George Fisher .... stunts
Tanner Gill .... stunts
Mark Ginther .... stunts
Stefan Gudju .... stunts
John Hackett .... stunts
Mark Harper .... stunts
Jery Hewitt .... stunts
Robert Jauregui .... stunts
Jeff Jensen .... stunts
Sean Kelly .... stunts
Steven Lambert .... stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... stunts
Stacy Logan .... stunts
Edward Lynch .... stunts
Gary Maas .... stunts
Daniel Maldonado .... stunts
Mike H. McGaughy .... stunts
Bob Orrison .... stunts (as Robert Orrison)
Peewee Piemonte .... stunts (as Richard "PeeWee" Piemonte)
Randy Popplewell .... stunts
Chere Rae .... stunts
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunts
Walter Robles .... stunts (as Walt Robles)
Moris Santia .... stunts (as Maurizio Santia)
Paul E. Short .... stunts
Packy Smith .... stunts
Mark Stefanich .... stunts
Bob Terhune .... stunts
Steve Vandeman .... stunts
Michael M. Vendrell .... stunts
James Waters .... stunts
Rich Wilkie .... stunts
Jerry Wills .... stunts
Raliegh Wilson .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurice Beesley .... lighting technician
Alan S. Blauvelt .... first assistant camera
Dustin Blauvelt .... camera operator
Richard Bond .... grip: Chicago
Kelly R. Borisy .... grip: Chicago
David Canestro .... second company grip (as David M. Canestro)
Bill Coe .... additional first assistant camera: Detroit
James B. Crawford .... rigging gaffer (as James Crawford)
Angelo Di Giacomo .... additional first assistant camera: Pittsburgh (as Angelo DiGiacomo)
Robert Duggan .... rigging grip (as Bob Duggan)
François Duhamel .... still photographer
Jon Falkengren .... dolly grip
Robert Floyd .... grip: Detroit (as Bob Floyd)
William Jay Gahret .... additional camera operator: Detroit (as William J. Gahret)
Jeff Ginyard .... lighting technician (as Jeffrey L. Ginyard)
Kristin R. Glover .... additional camera operator: Los Angeles
James P. Gribbins .... grip: Pittsburgh
Steven Hiller .... additional first assistant camera: Chicago
Larry Huston .... first assistant camera
David Jarrell .... rigging gaffer
William T. Jones .... grip: Los Angeles (as Wm. T. 'Jake' Jones)
R. Scott Judge .... grip: Los Angeles (as Scott Judge)
Tom Kessenich .... rigging grip
George Kohut .... additional camera operator: Chicago
Jon Kranhouse .... camera operator: Wescam camera, Chicago
Ted J. Kredo .... lighting technician: Los Angeles (as Ted Kredo)
Ted J. Kredo .... rigging gaffer: Los Angeles (as Ted Kredo)
Shaun Langham .... lighting technician
Michael Laws .... assistant chief lighting technician
Bruce MacCallum .... additional camera operator: Pittsburgh
Pete Martinez .... video assistant
Stan McClain .... camera operator: Wescam camera, Chicago
Larry McConkey .... Steadicam operator
Tom O'Halloran .... second assistant camera (as Thomas O'Halloran)
Dick Oakes .... rigging gaffer: Chicago
Eugene Pope .... grip: Pittsburgh
Darrin C. Porter .... lighting technician (as Darrin Porter)
John S. Robertson .... grip: Chicago (as John Robertson)
Stephen Shultz .... grip: Los Angeles
Alex Skvorzov .... chief lighting technician
Bruce D. Spellman .... rigging grip
Mark Stanley .... key grip
Mark David Adler .... second video assist: Detroit (uncredited)
William Allen Jr. .... electrician (uncredited)
Larry Cottrill .... electrician (uncredited)
Pat Dames .... grip (uncredited)
Kurt Dale Hartman .... grip (uncredited)
Jon D. Morrison .... set lighting electrician (uncredited)
David Norris .... camera technician: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Paul Storino .... grip (uncredited)
Timothy W. Tiedje .... grip (uncredited)
John Wendling .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Donna M. Belajac .... casting consultant: Pittsburgh (as Donna Belajac)
Staci A. Blagovich .... extras casting: Pittsburgh
Catherine Jane Holzer .... extras casting (as Catherine Holzer-Ballowe)
Mark A. Ridge .... extras casting: Chicago (as Mark Ridge)
Amy Taksen .... casting assistant
Cathy Thomas .... casting consultant: Detroit (as Catherine Thomas)
J. Ben Sykes .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Darryl M. Athons .... costume supervisor
Myron Baker .... set costumer
Kendall Errair .... costume supervisor
Mari Grimaud .... costume supervisor
Greg Hall .... costumer
Beth Koenigsberg .... wardrobe production assistant
David Le Vey .... assistant costume designer
David Le Vey .... costume illustrator
Dawn Y. Line .... costumer
Pie Lombardi .... costumer: Detroit
Tom Numbers .... costumer
Mark Peterson .... costume supervisor: Pittsburgh (as Mark A. Peterson)
Elaine Ramires .... costumer
Lori Stilson .... set costumer
James W. Tyson .... costume supervisor
Leslie Weir .... costumer
Bernadine Vida .... costumer: extras (uncredited)
Teri Wertman .... costumer: extras (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Daniel Candib .... associate editor
Michael Hofacre .... assistant editor
Jennifer Mangan .... first assistant editor
Dennis McNeill .... color timer
Richard Sellmer .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... music mixer
Tom Villano .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Norman Ludwin .... bass (uncredited)
Norman Ludwin .... musician (uncredited)
Randy Miller .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Newman .... conductor (uncredited)
David Newman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
John Armstrong .... driver
Chet Badalato .... driver: Mr. Nicholson
Ted Basso .... production van driver operator
Tom Battoe .... driver
Rick Chouinard .... driver: Mr. DeVito (as Richard Chouinard)
Richard Deangelo .... transportation captain: Chicago (as Richard DeAngelo)
Dan Dengel .... transportation captain: Detroit
Robert Elias .... driver
Chuck Hanson .... driver (as Charles Hanson)
Marlo Hellerstein .... transportation set captain
James Hogan .... transportation captain: Chicago
David Jernigan .... transportation captain: Los Angeles
Thomas Kloes .... transportation captain: Pittsburgh
Bill Murphy .... driver
Jack Sander .... driver
James C. Taylor .... transportation coordinator (as James Taylor)
Norman Walke .... driver
Skip Wilson .... transportation captain (as Fred 'Skip' Wilson)
Robert Wallace .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Biesack .... production assistant
Lisa Bradley .... production consultant: Pittsburgh
Billy Brashier .... location projectionist
Carolyn M. Brodrick .... assistant to producers (as Carolyn Brodrick)
Raymond Bulinski .... craft service: Chicago
Ken Cabrera .... craft service: Chicago
Cathleen Clarke .... assistant accountant: Pittsburgh (as Cathleen G. Clarke)
David Collins .... assistant location manager
John 'JR' Craigmile .... assistant accountant (as John Craigmile)
Teira Doom .... assistant accountant
Leigh French .... adr group coordinator
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret .... script supervisor
Robert Gordon .... production accountant (as Robert A. Gordon)
Lori Gottlieb .... assistant: Mr. Chubb
Peter Haas .... unit publicist (as Peter W. Haas)
Steffany Hannan .... production secretary: Pittsburgh
Kimberly Jase .... post-production accountant
Maureen Jennings .... production assistant
Richard Klotz .... location manager: Los Angeles
Lisa Knudson .... assistant accountant
Robert H. Lemer .... location manager: Los Angeles
Joshua Levinson .... assistant: Mr. DeVito
Monique Limery .... craft service: Los Angeles (as Monique Limery-Lewis)
Elton MacPherson .... production controller
Theresa Marsh .... accounting assistant: Chicago
Annie Marshall .... assistant: Mr. Nicholson
Leslie Mikol .... production assistant: Chicago
Walt Oggier .... police coordinator: Pittsburgh (as Walt 'O.J.' Oggier)
Christopher Otto .... assistant: Mr. Pressman
Michael Radiloff .... assistant: Mr. Pressman
Frank Ragano .... technical advisor
Nancy L. Ragano .... technical advisor
Michael Risoli .... key set production assistant
Stan Rosenfield .... public relations consultant
Sandra Maltz Saccio .... production coordinator (as Sandra Maltz)
Karen R. Sachs .... production coordinator
Leigh Schneider .... production assistant
Todd Schneider .... assistant location manager
Reni I. Seakon .... assistant accountant (as Reni Seakon)
Angelia Sheffler .... craft service: Detroit
Kim C. Simms .... production secretary: Detroit (as Kim Chidester)
Victoria Simon .... production assistant
Ronald K. Smith .... production assistant: Chicago
Karen Snow .... production assistant
Tony Swatton .... knife maker
Robert W. Terrill .... craft service: Pittsburgh
Thomas M. Tucker .... production assistant: Detroit
Bekki Vallin .... assistant production coordinator: Chicago
Keith Wallace .... location assistant: Detroit
Michael Williams .... location manager
Sonya A. Avakian .... extras wrangler (uncredited)
Jai Cherney .... location scout (uncredited)
Brian Easterling .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sean Hoessli .... production assistant (uncredited)
Julie Matthews .... production assistant (uncredited)
Grant Harper Reid .... location scout (uncredited)
Deon Yates .... location scout (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Nikki Allyn Grosso .... thanks
Lynn Pressman-Raymond .... thanks (as Lynn Pressman Raymond)
Remus Yazoo .... thanks
 
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence and strong language
Runtime:
140 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
At the time of the movie's release, it had been 17 years since Jimmy Hoffa disappeared and 10 years since he was declared "legally dead" (when authorities gave up actively searching for Hoffa).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In addition to Billy Flynn having a revolver that is constantly cocked-uncocked, as the revolver is brought to a vertical position as Billy is uncocking it for the final time it somehow changes from a modern (for the time) double action revolver to a single action Colt. All of this happening within the 90 degree sweep from horizontal to vertical.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 OK?
Jimmy Hoffa:Yeah.
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Soundtrack:
Hey Look Me OverSee more »

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45 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
The real Hoffa and the reel Hoffa, 3 February 2003
Author: oyason from Seattle

James Riddle Hoffa was probably one of the most enigmatic union leaders in this history of our country. As an important labor organizer during the over the road trucker strikes in the 1930s, he accomplished many things that made possible the emergence of the Teamsters Union as a major political force for several decades afterward. At the same time, he fell into a trap that bedevils many a fighter who perceives her/himself as a "people's champion"- he convinced himself that he had to fight fire with fire, and in the end, it devoured him. Secondly, Hoffa did not have the money, the support or the political sophistication of a Robert Kennedy. This'll finish you in the United States. Despite all our bombast about law and order, the country loves its shady political characters charming and slick, or the medicine show man, witness: Clinton, Reagan, Bush. The awkward and openly coarse need not apply, witness Nixon, Hoffa, Lott. David Mamet understands that, and that's why his version of Hoffa's life works.

Mamet's Hoffa knows the Kennedy family built their fortune out of rum running to a large extent, and he sees no difference between their corruption and his own compromises. At least, Hoffa tells himself, his own deals with the devil serve something larger then his immediate family, they serve the membership of the union. And this was very true, which is why a fair number of Teamsters still swear by the name Jimmy Hoffa. Nicholson's snide asides to his "betters" completely captures the class war basis that motivated the actual man's actions. Anyone who has been through an actual labor dispute and has been witness to the patronizing communications that come through a company eager to crush a union effort knows full well what fired up Jimmy Hoffa, even as we turn aside from the path he took.

The film succeeds because De Vito, Nicholson and Mamet understand what pushed the labor movement forward, and they understand its contradictions. Most important, they understand why those contradictions overwhelmed a man as gifted as Jimmy Hoffa, and this is what makes it better then your average Hollywood drama about labor. Hoffa is a film about working class attitude that gets beneath the usual dismissals of working class concerns, and as such, deserves respect. The powers that be have every legend about their leadership. It's time the working class was allowed legends about its own once again, provided we understand that they are legends, and therefore laden with much myth. The very real larger then life qualities of Jimmy Hoffa, however, make this a film worth more then one critical glance.

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