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
The only major make-up Jack Nicholson had to wear to become Jimmy Hoffa was fake nose and a set of false upper teeth (as seen in the behind-the-scenes footage on the DVD). See more »
During the huge street fight at the RTA headquarters trucks loaded with men roar into the fight. The first truck that enters tips over. If you look closely at the back of the truck where the men are standing, as the truck turns over, you can see safety bars for the men to grab onto so they don't fall out of the truck. See more »
While it is one of Nicholson's most challenging roles, as a viewer you find yourself more attached to director and co-star DeVito, who practically sunk every penny he owned into the making of this film. While the film did garner some Golden Globe nominations, altogether the film was a commercial and personal flop for all involved. The problem may have been that the world was not ready for this story. Nicholson is quite good as Hoffa, but one almost ignores the performance when you think of the personal attachment director DeVito had to the project. It is quite unfortunate because DeVito is interesting in a rare dramatic role. David Mamet did write a fine script and there is fine support from J.T.Walsh, Robert Prosky and Armand Assante.
In ten years, this film will be a classic!
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