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Hoffa, the Movie. A Summary Review for Labor Day

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It's Labor Day, 2009, and have you been run off the road by a long-haul trucker lately? They're no longer unionized in America.

But it is Labor Day, 2009. So, have you seen the ultimate long-haul truckers' movie, "Hoffa"?

It is a great, overwhelming, and devastating movie which absolutely must be seen to be appreciated. But it pays compliment to the labor movement in America -- specifically, to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters -- and it doesn't glamorize or criticize The Mob.

"Hoffa" is a sequence of flashbacks in the mind of Bobby Ciaro (Danny DeVito), occurring while he and Jimmy Hoffa (Jack Nicholson) are waiting at a roadside diner for mob kingpin Carol D'Allesandro (Armand Assante) to show up. Bobby and Jimmy expect D'Allesandro, when he comes, to agree to have Frank Fitzsimmons (J.T. Walsh) killed, who shuffled Hoffa out of the Teamsters in a deal with President Nixon to release Jimmy from prison, in return for Hoffa's being banned from the IBT. Hoffa and Ciaro are both gray and nostalgic, and in the movie's opening scene at the roadhouse, it becomes clear that Jack Nicholson is in peak acting form, and that Danny DeVito is the main character in the movie.

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I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest (more...)
 

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