HOFFA traces the labor leader’s thirty years of violent influence. The story is told through flashbacks, opening in 1975, as Bobby Ciaro (Danny Devito) and Jimmy Hoffa (Jack Nicholson) wait for an impending meeting. Ciaro’s thoughts drift back to when he and Hoffa first met in 1938. Hoffa was an organizer with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who hired Ciaro. Ciaro’s first assignment: helping Hoffa burn down the “Idle Hour Laundry” after the owner refused to negotiate worker’s wages and working conditions. Ciaro recalls the 1942 showdown with the Railway Express Agency. After striking for six weeks, a march turned into a bloodbath. Cut to 1957. The Teamsters are summoned by the Senate Select Committee on Improper Activities in the Labor or Management Field. The story continues, leading up to Hoffa’s death.
The movie is an extremely violent portrait of a man corrupted by an arrogant lust for power. Although he sought justice for the laborer, by dipping into the pension fund, Hoffa shortchanged the people he sought to help. With little background information, we are forced to decipher this revionist history through the foulest language imaginable, as well as backstabbing and bloodshed.
(H, R, LLL, VVV, SSS, NNN, A/D) A pathetic humanist worldview which plays fast and loose with the turth and includes: 175 obscenities & 3 profanities; several murders, 6-week labor strike cumulates into bloody massacre, blood-stained burn victim, man clubbed to death (blood and gore), men gunned down, man trampled underfoot, cars catapulted, & glass bottles broken on men's heads; disembodied male genitalia in glass jar used to stop reporter from publishing story, fornication, bedroom scenes with prostitutes, crude references to body parts, & sexual innuendo; completely nude female, & semi-nude strip tease dancers; and, alcohol abuse & smoking cigarettes.