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Blood Feud (1983)

Made for TV movie about Bobby Kennedy's campaign to bring Jimmy Hoffa to justice.


Mike Newell


Robert Boris
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Blake ... James Riddle 'Jimmy' Hoffa
Cotter Smith ... Robert F. Kennedy
Danny Aiello ... Randy Powers
Edward Albert ... Phil Wharton - Kennedy Committee Investigator
Brian Dennehy ... Edward Grady Partin - Hoffa Aide and Head of Teamsters Local 5, Baton Rouge
Douglas Dirkson ... Clark Mollenhoff - Labor Reporter
Sam Groom ... John F. Kennedy
Lance Henriksen ... Mel Pierce - Polygraph Operator
Michael Lerner ... Eddie Cheyfitz - Hoffa's Attorney
Sandy McPeak ... Capt. Hamilton - L.A. Police Department
Forrest Tucker ... Lyndon B. Johnson
Ernest Borgnine ... J. Edgar Hoover
José Ferrer ... Edward Bennett Williams - Hoffa's Attorney
Jim Antonio ... James Neal
Seymour Cassel ... Frank Kierdorff - Hoffa Enforcer / Torch


Made for TV movie about Bobby Kennedy's campaign to bring Jimmy Hoffa to justice.

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Crime | Drama


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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: José Ferrer and Ernest Borgnine; and four Oscar nominees: Danny Aiello, Seymour Cassel, Michael Lerner, Michael V. Gazzo. See more »


Robert F. Kennedy: You - go to jail!
James Riddle 'Jimmy' Hoffa: Yeah?
Robert F. Kennedy: [pointing to himself] And this is the face that's going to put you there.
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It lives only in my memory
14 December 2019 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

So many people have played Jimmy Hoffa over the years, but I thought Robert Blake did the best characterization I've seen. All of the other actors who played him seemed like those actors portraying Jimmy Hoffa. Blake actually disappears into the part.

So why is this old film forgotten and never shown? Two reasons, probably. First, it was a made for TV movie and so many of those are buried in obscurity and rights problems. The other reason is the fact that Blake plays Hoffa, and since the scandal of him possibly/probably being mixed up in the oh so convenient death of his wife, though acquitted, so many of his appearances have just been relegated to obscurity.

The actor playing Robert Kennedy was actually pretty good too. It helped that actor Cotter Smith looked a great deal like Kennedy to begin with. Of course, some things were over dramatized and outright fictional for the sake of dramatic license, but still, if you ever get the chance to see it, I would say it is time well spent.

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Release Date:

25 April 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Verfolgt bis in den Tod See more »

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Technical Specs


| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recordong)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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