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Hoffa (1992)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... James R. Hoffa
... Bobby Ciaro
... Carol D'Allesandro
... Fitzsimmons
... Pete Connelly
... Young Kid
... Robert Kennedy
... Red Bennett
... Billy Flynn
... Jo Hoffa
... Hoffa's Attorney
... Ted Harmon
... Young Woman at RTA
... Solly Stein
Joanne Neer ... Soignee Woman
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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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The man who was willing to pay the price for power. 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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2.39 : 1
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Filming was taking place on-location at the old Ambassador Hotel when the Rodney King beating trial verdict was announced. Rioting in Los Angeles broke out that evening, but filming continued until late in the evening. Things seemed relatively peaceful in Los Angeles the next morning, so filming resumed as scheduled. However, by two o'clock in the afternoon, rioting had become so intense, that the City of Los Angeles pulled the production's filming permit. The cast, crew, and hundreds of extras were released to make their way home amidst the columns of smoke, sounds of gunfire, and clogged freeways. About three weeks later, cast, crew and extras returned to the Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard to finish shooting the interrupted scenes. See more »

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When Jimmy and Billy torch bomb the building, they create a blast so intense, it blows out the passenger side window on Bobby's truck. Yet in the following shots, the window goes from being intact, to being shattered. See more »

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[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 Rederiet: Ändrade planer (1993) See more »

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Let's Make Love Tonight
Written, Produced and Performed by Nicky Addeo
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The ship is sinking
22 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

In this bitter, dark but effectively powerful film, legendary Teamsters Union President James Riddle (Jimmy) Hoffa is the centerfold. Bobby Ciaro (DeVito, also the director) is a fictional character who acts as Hoffa's goffer throughout the film, refusing to co-operate with the authorities when so-asked, calling various mafiosi on his behalf, and generally acting as his mouthpiece. We see Hoffa as a dominant figure, a lion, a leader. But these are deceptive subliminal messages, since the whole film is seen from a plexi-glass viewpoint. In fact, so icy is DeVito's direction, that when a riot breaks out at the very beginning, we watch from a bird's eye view as the little ant-like labourers clash with the police. It is insulting to the intelligence, and takes much away from the depth of the film, rendering it rather picturesque but unexplained. In fact, the entire film is like a museum piece behind velvet ropes, that can only be gazed at from a distance, but cannot be felt or examined closer -- as closer examination would reveal the plotholes and irrationalities of the storyline in the first place. Hoffa is generally treated as an American hero, the little guy who stood up for all the other little guys, the man who went to prison because the cruel Attorney General Kennedy (aptly performed by Kevin Anderson) would not allow him to skim a few bucks out of the pension fund for the Union he ran. Indeed, Hoffa did go to prison in real-life, and was pardoned by President Nixon, but the stipulation in the pardon was one which seemed to slip under Hoffa's nose. This, and his general trouble-stirring attitude (with Nicholson effortlessly portrays, sometimes even looking like a mirror-image of the real-life counterpart) would lead to his demise and mysterious disappearance in 1975. Perhaps had DeVito gone more into the life of the man, more into why he had the ambitions he did (there is absolutely no explanation for his being the president, in fact, he just seems to recruit labourers from various locals and then all of a sudden he is Mr. Universe), and why he was careless enough to make shady dealings with the Mob. In fact, nearly all of the story is mafia-backed but all of the credit is placed on Jimmy's shoulders. It is simply a waste of Nicholson's stellar performance.

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