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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.

Director:

Danny DeVito

Writer:

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

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Cast

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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Taglines:

He was capable of anything. He wasn't afraid of anyone. That's why everyone was afraid of him. He didn't want law, he wanted justice. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Latin

Release Date:

25 December 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hoffa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$24,276,500
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

1992 was a year with a unifying theme for Steve Witting - that of getting assaulted and removed from scenes by characters played by Danny DeVito. First, in this film, he appears in a single scene as a representative of the federal government investigating in Jimmy Hoffa's office, where he is promptly shoved and kicked out by DeVito's Bobby Ciaro. Then, in his only other film that year, he has the unfortunate distinction of a slightly meatier role, in which his nose is nearly bitten off by DeVito's Penguin in a more memorable scene of Batman Returns (1992). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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

Featured in Historical News Coverage of Hoffa (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Hey Look Me Over
Written by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh
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You don't have to like the man to like the movie
13 February 1999 | by Doctor_BombaySee all my reviews

I have no interest in the life of Jimmy Hoffa, and I am predisposed to disliking the man even before the first frame of Hoffa is run. But I do watch, knowing the film is from a very good David Mamet script, knowing that I want to be convinced that Jack Nicholson is one of our great actors, and knowing that Danny DeVito is a very serious filmmaker--that I will see his heart and soul in the film.

I am not disappointed, and I still care, not at all about James Hoffa, the man.

Jack Nicholson is one of our great actors, and regardless of all his extra curricular activities, he is a committed and serious craftsman, and his portrayal of James Hoffa is fine craftsmanship.

The story of Hoffa itself may be the least interesting component of the film. The production design is beautiful-a perfect compliment to the words of Mamet delivered by a painstakingly perfect cast.

Should you have the opportunity to view the deluxe laserdisk with the Danny Devito commentary and extra production materials you will be treated.

Not a film for everyone, but I liked it.


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