Despite Jack Nicholson's galvanizing portrayal, HOFFA is a cold, remote, neo-religious pageant featuring the controversial, belligerent labor leader as the working man's deity--a dangerous demagogue in a gray suit.
The story is told as an extended flashback while aging Hoffa flunky Bobby Ciaro (Danny DeVito) and recently pardoned Teamster leader James R. Hoffa (Nicholson) cool their heels at a run-down truckers' diner, awaiting the arrival of underworld figure Carol D'Allesandro (Armand Assante). The two
plan to cut a deal with D'Allesandro to wrest control of the Teamsters' Union away from Hoffa's own chosen successor, Frank Fitzsimmons (J.T. Walsh). Hoffa's li...