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Hoffa

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20th Century Fox Released 1992

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Director:
Danny DeVito
Released:
1992
Rating:
R

Hoffa is a 1992 biographical film directed by Danny DeVito. The film chronicles the life of Teamster Union President, Jimmy Hoffa (Jack Nicholson). Told in a series of flashbacks, the movie begins with Hoffa waiting in the parking lot of a diner with his long time friend Bobby Ciaro (Danny Devito). Suddenly, Hoffa is transported back to 1935. Hoffa approaches a truck to find a sleeping Ciaro. He wakes him up and starts talking to him about the benefits of becoming a union member. Later, when Hoffa relates his meeting with Ciaro to a group of workers, Ciaro is fired. Angry, Ciaro comes at Hoffa with a knife. Hoffa's right hand man, Billy Flynn (Robert Prosky), stops him at gunpoint. From that point on, Ciaro and Hoffa become good friends. Flashing forward, Hoffa is introduced to mob boss Carol ("Dally") D'Allesandro (Armand Assante), who becomes his close ally. Eventually, Hoffa's close association with the mob draws the attention of Attorney General Bobby Kennedy (Kevin Anderson) and he ends up in prison. While he is away, Frank Fitzsimmons (J.T. Walsh) takes his place as Union President. When Hoffa emerges from prison to find out he is banned from Union activities for ten years, it sets in motion a series of events that culminate in his disappearance.

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Metacritic Score

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Here is a movie that finds the right look and tone for its material.

  • 70

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Hoffa is an original work of fiction, based on fact, conceived with imagination and a consistent point of view.

  • 50

    Variety

    This grimly ambitious biopic goes no deeper than that, offering hardly a trace of psychology, motivation or inner life.

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    Drama

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    Biography, Crime, Historical