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Hoffa (Filmmaker Signature Series) [Blu-ray]

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Jimmy Hoffa rises and falls in corruption as the boss of the Teamsters union. Directed by DeVito. Written by David Mamet.

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  • Actors: Jack Nicolson, Danny DeVito, Armand Assante, J.T. Walsh, John C. Reilly
  • Directors: Danny DeVito
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008YAPRQK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,104 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Brian W. Fairbanks VINE VOICE on June 2, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
A woefully underrated biography of the controversial Teamsters union president that deserved better than it got in 1992. Director Danny Devito and writer David Mamet clearly admire their subject, depicting Hoffa as a hero, a leader who has earned the loyalty of the working men he represents, rather than a self-centered puppet whose strings were pulled by organized crime. Whether or not Hoffa was deserving of such admiration is debatable, but the film offers a convincing argument that he was. As an actor, Devito has little to do but push people around and gape at Hoffa in awe, but behind the camera he performs admirably even if he seems a little too pretentious at times. As for Nicholson, this is one of his most challenging roles, one requiring more than an arch of those famous eyebrows and a flash of that killer smile. With the aid of a hairpiece and a few other modifications to his appearance, he gives one of his best performances in years. This is a fine, memorable film that seemed to have disappeared upon its release as thoroughly as Hoffa himself did in 1975. I don't know the whereabouts of Hoffa the man (and believe it's in my best interests not to know), but the film is on the video shelf. Check it out or buy it, but see it.
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Here is the closest thing there is in cimena to a real life story of a blood and guts union leader. Jimmy Hoffa was boss of the Teamsters (truckers) union for many years until he met his demise in 1975 at the hands of the same thugs that helped him secure his place as the union boss.

All the memorable moments of Hoffa's life are in this movie including his duels with then Attorney General Robert Kennedy, his accommodation to gangland members for union gain, and the circumstances that led to his final undoing.

I sure like this movie and watch it every chance I get. There are two fine films about the life of the late Jimmy Hoffa (who may or may not be buried in the Meadowlands) -- this one and Sylvester Stallone's 1978 effort "FIST", which covered much of the same ground as this one.

Any movie with Jack Nicholson in the lead must be taken seriously, and he does fine work in this film. I enjoyed every scene but have to take issue with some of the historical accuracy, particularly that final scene at the "Road House".

Jimmy Hoffa was, in fact, last seen as a swanky restaurant in a swanky suburub of Detroit right down the street from one of the Detroit's biggest PR firms, not at some nickle and dime diner out in the middle of nowhere.

No matter, I suppose, since I enjoy the flick so much. You will too if you rent, purchase, borrow or steal a copy of this DVD.
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Jack Nicholson's Hoffa is a Nicholson/Hoffa hybrid that plays very well on screen, though I don't know how much like the real man he really is. I've only seen brief news clips (including the extras in the special features section of the DVD). But Nicholson gives a moving and memorable performance as Jimmy Hoffa. The rest of the cast (a young John C. Reilly included) also give great performances.

I knew nothing about Jimmy Hoffa before this movie, so the nature of the film played well to me, giving an arc of events portraying Jimmy Hoffa's rise to President of the Teamsters from a young man concerned with union rights. It also dramatically covers his involvement with gangsters, the law, and Robert Kennedy.

Although Hoffa plays out like a sweeping epic (it IS 2 hours and 20 minutes long after all), there's something missing in its grandeur, and I really think it's as simple as an experienced director. Not that Danny DeVito does a bad job with the film and the actors, it's just every now and then something seems to miss the mark. A lot of the scenes look like they take place in obvious studios, which draws the audience away, and some of the scenes with bigger crowds lack that extra touch of humanity that needs to be given to remind the viewer of the individuals involved in the crowd.

Overall, though, the acting carries the movie through to the end, though, from what I've read, the ending is entirely fictionalized, which is a bit strange considering that it's somewhat of a biopic and not just a fictionalized account of a real man's life.
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One of the most underrated movies of the last 30 years. Danny DeVito knocks it out of the park as the director, channeling his inner Orson Welles to create wonderfully composed shots and terrific editing transitions. The screenplay from legendary writer David Mamet crackles with wonderful language, wit, and epic monologues. It's crazy that this film was overlooked at Oscar time and isn't talked about anymore - it could be Jack Nicholson's finest performance of his career. His transformation and interpretation of Jimmy Hoffa is one of the most memorable in the biopic genre. The movie holds up very well today - the themes of worker's rights, union corruption, organized crime, socialist economics etc are still very timely and the movie gives a fascinating and surprisingly unbiased looked at not just an era and a man, but an ideology. While Hoffa is shown as a hero to many, the script pulls no punches in showing the underbelly of unionization.
AMAZING acting
gorgeous cinematography
creative directing and editing
memorable music (you'll recognize the score - it's been used in a ton of trailers for other movies ever since, pretty iconic melody)
sharp dialogue
important historical story.
Doesn't get much better than Jack Nicholson as Jimmy Hoffa in Danny DeVito's "Hoffa". HIGHLY recommended.
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