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.

Director:

Danny DeVito

Writer:

David Mamet
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Nicholson ... James R. Hoffa
Danny DeVito ... Bobby Ciaro
Armand Assante ... Carol D'Allesandro
J.T. Walsh ... 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 Joanne Neer ... Soignee Woman
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Storyline

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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The man who was willing to pay the price for power. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Actor Robert Prosky, who portrayed Billy Flynn, originated the role of Shelly Levene in David Mamet's 'Glengarry Glen Ross' stage play, shortly before Prosky began working on the television series 'Hill Street Blues' (1981-1987). See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Hoffa, Billy Flynn, and Bobby Ciaro are preparing to set fire to a laundromat, Hoffa tells Ciaro to stay in the truck's cab and keep the engine running and in gear. This makes no sense, since Ciaro would have to keep the clutch down for the entire time it takes Hoffa and Flynn to set the fire. It would make more sense for Ciaro to keep the transmission running in idle, then quickly put it in gear for the getaway when Hoffa and Flynn are about to re-enter the truck. 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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Crazy Credits

there are no opening credits and the title of the film at the beginning. See more »

Alternate Versions

On a special laserdisc edition, Danny DeVito hosts a supplemental portion of the disc with outtakes, including a scene where Hoffa perfectly shoots a beer bottle with a rifle. See more »

Connections

References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

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Let's Make Love Tonight
Written, Produced and Performed by Nicky Addeo
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The Union, The Mob and Jimmy Hoffa
18 June 2006 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

Hoffa is a surprising film which from time to time arises to keep alive the memory of the late Teamster president. Told in flash back form, the film ably describes the dramatic rise and fall of the popular labor leader. Indeed, with Nickleson's portrayal the viewer is convinced of the confrontational life of the man who became synonymous with the International union. Re-enacting the turbulent rise of Hoffa, viewers are treated to the fabulous talents of some of the giants of the silver screen. Few could argue that Jack Nicholson as James R. 'Jimmy' Hoffa is nothing short of magical. In addition there is Danny DeVito who as Bobby Ciaro, in my opinion steals the show. Further enriching the cast is Armand Assante as Carol D'Allesandro, the mob boss who assured Jimmy's rise to power and then later is suspect in the teamster's mysterious disappearance. J.T. Walsh is excellent as Frank Fitzsimmons. The dramatic film superbly encapsulates the early violent trials, successful triumphs and eventual tragedy of the great, but troubled teamster president. ****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Latin

Release Date:

25 December 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,406,012, 27 December 1992

Gross USA:

$24,276,506

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,302,121
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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