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
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 »
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 »
A brilliant characterization, underrated by critics at the time of release
Possibly Jack Nicholson was showing up nominated at to many award shows at this time and he was due for a put down.The movie seemed to be overlooked or not reviewed very well at the time of release. I thought his "Hoffa" was a memorable portrayal of a complex and contradictory personality. Having been around during Hoffa's reign as head of the Teamsters, as well as being a Teamster back then myself, Nicholson's potrayal was uncanny in it's grasp of Hoffa's style and personality. Nicholson seemed to get in Hoffa's skin for this role as George C. Scott did for Patton. As a matter of fact I think the analogy is accurate. Both Patton and Hoffa were contoversial, larger the life characters with a lot of flaws and a lot of attributes. Both actors were highly skilled and balanced in their potrayals.
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