Screenwriter David Mamet's script combines real people with fictional characters in an attempt to portray the important people in Jimmy Hoffa's life. Danny DeVito's and Armand Assante's characters are actually composites of numerous Hoffa associates.
Director/co-star Danny DeVito's unforgettable epic stars Jack Nicholson as Jimmy Hoffa, the legendary Teamster boss whose mysterious disappearance has never been explained. The film traces Hoffa's passionate struggle to shape the nation's most influential labor union, his relationship with the Mob, and his subsequent conviction and prison term at the hand of Robert Kennedy.
A titanic performance by Jack Nicholson powers this fact-and-fiction biography of Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa. From the opening moment--Hoffa sitting alone in the back of a car--Nicholson's performance is one of his best, and a rare role as a historical person. The sweeping all-American story of a common worker who reaches the highest pinnacle in the world's most powerful union is sweepingly told with wondrous detail, in wardrobe, sets, and trucks. The better-documented facts of Hoffa's life, including his struggle against Attorney General Bobby Kennedy (Kevin Anderson), supply the backbone of the story. But the hope of what the Teamsters are to the American Dream is what makes the film glow (swept along by David Newman's score). The screenplay by David Mamet takes two wild and entertaining divergences from fact. The first is the character of Hoffa's ubiquitous sidekick Bobby Ciaro, played by the film's director, Danny DeVito. It's a fictitious role, a composite character that allows the story to be clearly told, as does the second--Mamet's explanation of Hoffa's famous disappearance. --Doug Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
What can we said when Nicholson and DeVito are in a movie??. Excellent casting, very good quality, arrive in time and in a good conditionPublished 14 months ago by Fernando
Was an okay movie and it had it's moments. I will probably watch it again in a year or two.Published 21 months ago by Diane Edwards
lots of good memories on it and very good storie I really enjoy all of it and this is a great dvdPublished on July 30 2013 by Claude Couillard
I remember the great hype that surrounded the release of "Hoffa" a decade ago. Jack Nicholson was considered a given for an Oscar nomination and Danny Devito was heralded as "The... Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004 by Gregg Hillier
This is easily one of the best historical biopics ever made ranking up there with Nixon and Malcolm X. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2004 by M. Hencke
This movie rocks! Hoffa and the movie Casino with Robert De Niro are the two greatest movies of all time! Read morePublished on Dec 8 2003 by Austin
One of Jack Nicholson's best performances is in this story of former Teamsters leader James R. Hoffa. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2003 by Christopher Roesch
This bio-pic of presumed dead Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa is a stunning achievement by director-producer Danny DeVito and marks another DeVito-Jack Nicholson collaboration. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2002 by Christopher M. MacNeil