Starring: Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Armand Assante, J.T. Walsh, John C. Reilly, Frank Whaley, Kevin Anderson, John P. Ryan, Robert Prosky
More info: IMDb
Tagline: He was capable of anything. He wasn't afraid of anyone. That's why everyone was afraid of him.
Plot: Jack Nicholson's portrait of Union leader James R. Hoffa, as seen through the eyes of his friend, Bobby Ciaro (Danny DeVito). The film follows Hoffa through his countless battles with the RTA and President Roosevelt all the way to his disappearance in 1975.
My rating: 10/10
Will I watch it again? Duh.
Twenty years ago I caught this one in the theater with my mom. She liked it but I was blown away. A few months earlier I had interviewed the composer, David Newman, for a film music radio show I had in college and it was killing me that this hadn't come out before then so I could discuss it with him. It's his best score (from what I've heard so far and he's got some great ones) and one of my all time favorites. I've heard it hundreds of times in the twenty years since.
There's not a note I would change regarding this film in any aspect. Jack Nicholson IS Jimmy Hoffa. You might notice Jack for a few minutes but it isn't long before you're completely absorbed into what he's doing and how he's doing it. What a performance! If that's not enough, there's not a weak performance from anyone. DeVito nails it, Riley nails it and damn it if Armand Asssante isn't one of the handsomest guys in the business. I'm not gay but I could be if he showed up. Good looking bastard.