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Hoffa

Jack Nicholson , Danny DeVito , Danny DeVito    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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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

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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.


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2.0 out of 5 stars Over the Top - and Disappointing Feb. 12 2004
Format:DVD
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 next Robert Redford," a true Actor's Director. But as is often the case, the hype does'nt translate to results. Part of the problem lies in with the profanity-laced script. The "f" word is used so often that it seems like a parody of "Goodfellas." Devito, playing a fictionalized character, pales in Nicholson's shadow, and his role seems like an afterthought. The ending is also flawed: Hoffa's body has never been found but Devito and Co. assume an ending that seals Hoffa's fate. Nicholson, perhaps the greatest Actor of a generation, flounders here. He overacts grandly in most scenes and fails to win any sympathy for Hoffa. In the few scenes with his family, he overdoes the sentiment and comes off phony. Even the much-anticipated face-off with Bobby Kennedy fails to charge this film. If you want to learn about Jimmy Hoffa, check out A&E's excellent biography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.. June 7 2014
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What can we said when Nicholson and DeVito are in a movie??. Excellent casting, very good quality, arrive in time and in a good condition
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3.0 out of 5 stars Teamster leader Nov. 10 2013
By Diane Edwards TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Was an okay movie and it had it's moments. I will probably watch it again in a year or two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dvd July 30 2013
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lots of good memories on it and very good storie I really enjoy all of it and this is a great dvd
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good history; good acting Jan. 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Summary:
Bobby Ciaro (Danny DeVito) is a truck driver during a turbulent time as the Teamster's Union is fighting the bourgeois company owners for better wages. Ciaro has heard of James R. 'Jimmy' Hoffa (Jack Nicholson), and wants nothing to do with him as his boss doesn't want to hire Union. But when Hoffa stops by his truck while he's trying to catch some sleep, Ciaro can't get rid of him and eventually Hoffa convinces him that what he is proposing isn't such a bad idea.
The next day, Hoffa confronts Ciaro in front of his boss, essentially forcing him out of his job. In Ciaro's anger at losing his job (I believe this is taking place during the 1930s, so losing your job was a very big deal), he tries to kill Hoffa, but fails and Hoffa ends up taking him into his confidence. Eventually, they develop a close relationship with Ciaro acting as Hoffa's number two man.
The movie then follows Hoffa's rise to power as the president of the International Teamster's and his eventual conviction at the hands of Robert 'Bobby' Kennedy (Kevin Anderson).
The movie is actually told as a series of flashbacks while Bobby and Jimmy are waiting at a roadside cafe to talk to a mafia boss. Eventually the flashbacks catch up to Bobby and Jimmy and it is ultimately revealed that this is supposed to be the day Hoffa disappeared. Instead of meeting with Hoffa, the mob boss sends some of his men who kill Hoffa and Bobby and get rid of the bodies.
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I'm fairly young (27 at the writing of this) and have only heard of Jimmy Hoffa (he actually disappeared - 1975 -before I was born - 1976). So I was excited to watch this movie, if just to get caught up on the history.
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Format:DVD
This is easily one of the best historical biopics ever made ranking up there with Nixon and Malcolm X. This is also a towering directorial achivement for Danny De Vito that proves he can handle telling any kind of story not simply dark comedies (i.e. Smoochy, Momma, Roses). Nicholson's performance is also pretty amazing as is De Vito's and particularly the bit roles of Robert Prosky ("wear it like a white man") and Frank Whaley. The cinematography and score are also completely out of this world. Give this film a shot you will not be dissapointed. I cannot wait to purchase the dvd the day it comes out. De Vito is a genius.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hoffa: One of my heroes! Great Film! Dec 9 2003
By Austin
Format:VHS Tape
This movie rocks! Hoffa and the movie Casino with Robert De Niro are the two greatest movies of all time! Hoffa tells the story of a labor matyr with such precision that it could make a heartless man cry! I have always been a fan of drama movies and this one really kicks @$$! This movie is tied with Casino for my favorite movies of all time! See it now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't this on DVD?? It's brilliant! Sept. 9 2003
Format:VHS Tape
One of Jack Nicholson's best performances is in this story of former Teamsters leader James R. Hoffa. The film shows Hoffa's rise through the ranks of the Teamsters, his battles with management, RFK, and his fellow Teamsters, and climaxes with his mysterious disappearance. The supporting cast is excellent as well, especially Danny DeVito as Hoffa's aide and best friend. This movie is a "must-own", and hopefully will be available on DVD before too long...If not, it's a shame....
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