An old man recalls his time painting houses for his friend, Jimmy Hoffa, through the 1950-70s.


Martin Scorsese


Steven Zaillian (screenplay by), Charles Brandt (based upon the book by)
289 ( 15)
Nominated for 10 Oscars. Another 73 wins & 335 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Frank Sheeran
Al Pacino ... Jimmy Hoffa
Joe Pesci ... Russell Bufalino
Harvey Keitel ... Angelo Bruno
Ray Romano ... Bill Bufalino
Bobby Cannavale ... Skinny Razor
Anna Paquin ... Older Peggy Sheeran
Stephen Graham ... Anthony 'Tony Pro' Provenzano
Stephanie Kurtzuba ... Irene Sheeran
Jack Huston ... Robert Kennedy / RFK
Kathrine Narducci ... Carrie Bufalino
Jesse Plemons ... Chuckie O'Brien
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Fat Tony Salerno
Paul Herman ... Whispers DiTullio
Gary Basaraba ... Frank 'Fitz' Fitzsimmons

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Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran is a man with a lot on his mind. The former labor union high official and hitman, learned to kill serving in Italy during the Second World War. He now looks back on his life and the hits that defined his mob career, maintaining connections with the Bufalino crime family. In particular, the part he claims to have played in the disappearance of his life-long friend, Jimmy Hoffa, the former president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who mysteriously vanished in late July 1975 at the age of 62. Written by bcarruthers-76500

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Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Stephen Graham came up with the idea of swatting Jimmy Hoffa's ice cream off the table before going into their fight scene. Graham warned Scorsese and the crew what he was going to do so no one would be hit by the dish, but wanted to surprise Pacino. Pacino's startled reaction was genuine. He afterwards complimented Graham for successfully surprising him. See more »


When Tony Pro talks to Jimmy in prison, more ice cream magically appears in Hoffa's dish. See more »


[first lines]
Frank Sheeran: [narrating] When I was young, I thought house painters painted houses. What did I know? I was a working guy. A business agent for Teamster Local 107 out of South Philly.
Frank Sheeran: One of a thousand working stiffs... until I wasn't no more. And then I started painting houses... myself.
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Crazy Credits

Other than the Netflix logo and the film's original title (I Heard You Paint Houses), there are no opening credits for this movie. See more »


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Honky Tonk Pt 1
Written by Billy Butler, Bill Doggett, Clifford Scott and Berisford Shepherd
Performed by Bill Doggett
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Several Oscar nominations incoming
18 October 2019 | by kylerobertsiscoolSee all my reviews

The Irishman is another outstanding Scorsese film. De Niro gives one of his best performances in years. His narration is spot on and he makes us genuinely feel for Frank Sheeran. I believe his first Oscar nomination for years is inbound. Pesci is also great in a somewhat reserved role, but it's Al Pacino that really shines in this film. He gives his typical loudmouth performance and should be considered the favourite for best supporting actor, in my book. The film has a good pace to it. The nearly three and a half hour runtime flies by... for the most part. Midway through the second act, things can get a little slow but by no means is it boring. Perhaps it's the kind of film you watch on Netflix rather see it in cinema. The character development overall is excellent. We get a good grasp of every character by the end of the film due to the run time. However, we don't hear a huge chunk of information regarding Frank's Irish background. It is merely mentioned with one or two references. I personally had no issue with the de-aging. I think it's done really well. At no point was I distracted or thought it looked unrealistic. The ending and/or final act as a whole is conclusive. You leave the cinema with a smile on your face. I see a best picture nomination incoming for The Irishman. You should check it out when it comes to Netflix November 27. 9/10

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Release Date:

27 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Heard You Paint Houses See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »


Box Office


$159,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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