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.
Without labels as presumptuous as "special edition" attached, this excellent disc has a wealth of extras; it's virtually a DVD version of the 1993 laser disc with a new sound remix. Director Danny DeVito fills up the disc with historical context (reminisces of real Teamsters, archival footage of the Hoffa-Kennedy hearing) plus interesting deleted scenes and lots of excellent behind-the-scenes material. Three are very special: a brief recorded conversion after the first read-through with the actors voicing their opinions (played over production photos); "Special Shots" is a fascinating peak at Hollywood magic on how trick shots are created; and "DeVito's 11 1/4," home movies from the set, is very amusing and one of the few candid glimpses of Jack Nicholson at work. The package shows us DeVito as an accomplished filmmaker and a kick to be around on his set. --Doug Thomas