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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:

The man who was willing to pay the price for power. 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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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

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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 »


Soundtracks

Hey Look Me Over
Written by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh
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Hoffa: What have we Gained what have we lost!
6 May 2008 | by bluesman-20See all my reviews

Before I had seen Hoffa I was aware of the Union leader mainly for his disappearance and the jokes made about his last resting spot. My dad had always considered Hoffa a hero simply because he didn't buckle under to the big boys he fought them. Hoffa The movie captures the Essence of James R Hoffa perfectly. This is Nicholson's Finest role forget the Joker in Batman or Jack Torrence in THE SHINING. This is pure acting 100% You cannot tell where Hoffa the part and Nicholson the actor leave off. The movie moves from Flashbacks to Hoffa's last day on Earth and it makes you wonder about What happened to him. During the flashbacks we See Hoffa slowly emerging as a force within the Teamsters Union slowly gathering influence and power from the ranks of the working man. The Film fits the various Eras portrayed perfectly. It's like looking thru a window. The Corruption of Hoffa if you can call it that is slow and gradual and Hoffa's War With Bobby Kennedy is simply fantastic film making Devito didn't want to spoil the scene with words so he used the actual Hoffa Kennedy exchanges word by word word for word. And Nicholson must've studied that footage intently as he captures Hoffa's Every movement and even his eyes down to the rapid movements that Hoffa did. Devito knows his stuff and Proves it here. Great Film that deserves to be remembered as a true original CLASSIC! Just like the original James R. Hoffa a original classic.


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