Hoffa

BBB.5

(out of 5)


The sordid life and rise to power of Teamster Union president James R. Hoffa is the subject of this charismatic biopic. , under heavy makeup including a prosthetic nose, guides the entire production along as we follow the man’s career from his early days torching laundromats to his rise to prominence as the head of the labourers’ union that provided so much protection for overworked, underpayed labourers. is marvelous as the man who stood by him the whole way. The film doesn’t give up enough personal information about Hoffa, leaving him something of a mystery, but more important is that David Mamet’s excellent screenplay doesn’t require you to think of him as a saint in order to admire his better qualities.

Twentieth Century Fox, Jersey Films

France/USA, 1992

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by , Danny DeVito,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Academy Award Nominations
Best Cinematography (Stephen H. Burum)
Best Makeup (Ve Neill, Greg Cannom, John Blake)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Jack Nicholson)

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