Wondering What Happened To Jimmy Hoffa? Watch "The Irishman"

The movie, from Netflix, stars Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci

Terri Lee-Sylvester
November 01, 2019 - 2:45 pm
Robert DeNiro, left, Martin Scorsese and Al Pacino

Photo taken by WWJ's Terri Lee during the LA premiere of The Irishman


DETROIT (WWJ) - Anyone who's long been fascinated with the Jimmy Hoffa story will find "The Irishman" intriguing.  The 3 hour, 29 minute-long movie is based on the book "I Heard You Paint Houses" by Charles Brandt.  The Irishman is Frank Sheeran, a World War II veteran who, after returning home, makes his living driving a truck.  A chance encounter with mob boss Russell Bufalino changes his life completely. 

"The Irishman" stars Robert DeNiro as Sheeran, an almost unrecognizable Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa and Joe Pesci as Bufalino.  After that chance encounter between Sheeran and Bufalino, Sheeran becomes Bufalino's protégé.  Through his relationship with Bufalino, Sheeran also grows close to Hoffa. 

As president of the Teamsters Union, Hoffa was one of the most powerful men in America.  The movie delves deep into the relationship between the three, and shows how their once-close friendship eventually started to dissolve once Hoffa, after serving time in prison, tried to regain control of the union.  When mob bosses tried to convince him to see things their way, and he repeatedly refused, it became clear to Bufalino that Hoffa had to go.  Also angering Bufalino: Hoffa's including in his reelection platform plans to get the mob out of the union.

In addition to everything going on between the union and the mob, the movie also explores the political corruption at the time and the strained relationship between the union, the mob and Bobby Kennedy who, during his time as United States attorney general, angered the mob with his investigations.  The story also includes a possible mob connection to JFK's assassination.

There's a lot of info to take in over the course of this movie.  Perhaps my only complaint is that it is so long, but since it is a Netflix film, keep in mind that you can stop it and restart it at any time.  

After opening in theaters on November 1st, "The Irishman" will be available for streaming on Netflix starting November 27th.  I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the film's premiere in Los Angeles.  To see a short video and pictures from my visit, click here.

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