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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.

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Special Features Excised scenes with introduction by Danny DeVito Historical news coverage of Hoffa/Kennedy hearings Personal anecdotes from members of the Teamster's Union Special shots breakdown Eight storyboard sequences DeVito's 11 1/4 - on-set home movies Conversation after the first script read-through with production stills Costume drawings & poster galleries Shooting script Siskel & Ebert review New York Times review Hoffa reading list

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FX2220626 Hoffa DVD (1992/Jack Nicholson) $9.98