Rolling Stone - 01/07/1993
"...A stirring, provocative exposť of the uses and abuses of power..."
USA Today - 12/23/1992
"...[DeVito] is very assured..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Chicago Sun-Times - 12/25/1992
"...HOFFA shows DeVito as a genuine filmmaker. Here is a movie that finds the right look and tone for its material..."
Uncut - 11/01/2004
"[I]t's an ambitious undertaking?.[Nicholson gives] one of the performances of his career."
This powerful film recounts the life and times of Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa -- from his impassioned struggle to build his union into a powerful force on the American scene to his mysterious end. All the performances, especially Nicholson's, are outstanding. The letterbox laserdisc includes commentary by Danny De Vito, storyboards, behind-the-scenes footage, wardrobe design sketches and more. Academy Award Nominations: Best Cinematography, Best Makeup.
On the day Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa will mysteriously disappear forever, in 1975, his trusted henchman tells the story of Hoffa's life to a young trucker. His tale follows Hoffa from his days as a Depression-era truck driver through his early efforts at unionizing the truckers to his dealings with the mafia and the government as head of the Teamsters, the most powerful labor union in the country.
Film was originally meant for director Oliver Stone, and then Barry Levinson.
"Hoffa" is DeVito's third film as a director and first drama, following the comedies "War of the Roses" and "Throw Momma from the Train".
Filmed in Detroit, Michigan; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Chicago, Illinois; and Los Angeles, California; color by Technicolor. Estimated budget $45 million. Shooting began February 18, 1992; completed June 11, 1992.