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This film has a wealth of information in it, but it negates all that with an amateurish production. The film tries to present complex theories about the Hoffa killing without a narrator to lead the viewer through the evidence. This means there is no introduction of experts other than their taglines and there is very little parsing of evidence in an organized way. It is a real shame too. The film talks to some of the right people and covers a lot of ground, but is overwhelmed by a lack of technical competence. If The Irishman made you curious about Hoffa's killing, you may have the patience to work through this. I thought I did but, in the end, I stopped watching before the end of the film. This is one of those cases were Amazon ought to know better.
I grew up in Detroit and was about 5 miles away from his abduction place at the time. So were about a half a million other Detroiters. It was about as safe a place as a place could be at the time but it seems that anywhere Hoffa was was a less than safe place to be. It was long known that he was in bed with the Mob. That he used them for protection. That he loaned them huge amounts of teamster pension funds to build Las Vegas. (I never understood if the teamsters pension funds were paid back). The part that got me is that I never knew that he was supposed to testify before Congress about two weeks after he was murdered on what he knew about the assassination of JFK. My father thought that he was a hero to working guys like him.
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2020
As another reviewer said they hadnt heard that Hoffa was about to testify on the JFK assass'n a few days after his mysterious murder. There are three main theories presented, good cases for all of them really. But one has to 'buy' the single-shooter theory of JFK which I hope no one does at this stage of the game. Giancana wrote a self-congratulatory bio w/his nephew & stepson I believe called Double Cross where he takes credit for so many crimes, but some of it was true esply the Rosselli connection to JFK's assass'n. Put govt thugs together with mob thugs and you have all this resulting upheaval. We will never know all the answers to the murders of the '60s but if we the people were allowed to investigate our government, we surely would. Glad the mob is gone, wish the labor union movement would come back but the govt worker unions would dissolve. To call the murder of Hoffa an assassination tho...not in my book. Worth the watch if you are willing to look under more layers in yr own research and also be willing to have more questions after watching!
Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2015
I recently watched the Danny DeVito helmed Jack Nicholson "Hoffa" which was a HEAVILY fictionalized take on the life of America's most iconic labor leader. If you want the real story check out "Killing Jimmy Hoffa". I'm a crime doc buff, but so many of them just recycle the same stories- but this film has amazing research-be prepared to concentrate if you want to follow the intricacies of Jimmy Hoffa's story. The film goes in depth into Hoffa's involvement with organized crime and his links to the JFK assassination. The last half of the film is, first time I think anyone ever really did this, a nuts and bolts break down of every suspect and every theory in the case, ending with the filmmakers own theory of what happened-which actually is probably as close to the truth as we will ever get. Amazing photos, amazing local Detroit news footage circa 1975 of all the suspects going in and out of court, and the range of interview subjects is great -from a college professor to multiple FBI agents that actually worked the case and Prosecutors who oversaw the investigation and the leading expert on the case- Dan Moldea. Highly recommended.
Going one direction, spinning around going another direction, while sometimes watching the rabid dog trying to chew off its own tail, then sickly dragging its self a whole other direction. Then, crazily bursting off again.
Simply: Hoffa was involved with the mob. They did not want Hoffa to reveal any of what he knew. Hoffa was killed. It does not matter who or where. They were all crooks and criminals. If you want to spend time chasing after the rabid dog, this is your show.
Very poorly done, and the rabid dog died off somewhere like Hoffa, never to be seen again and not even important, because the details will always just be conjecture and supposition, nothing more.
A really amateurishly made documentary. Nothing new. Lots of repetitive content. Too much opinion. Not enough investigative journalism. This was just a regurgitation of the past 25 years of Hoffa documentaries. Don't waste your time.
My father was a proud retired Teamster. Before his passing he'd been receiving letters about the pension fund going broke and it's still ongoing. This is being blamed basically because when dad was working/paying into his retirement there was 4 workers per 1 retiree. Now there's 1 worker paying in per every 4 retirees. Makes sense but can't help but wonder had they kept their hands out of the til maybe the pension fund wouldn't be running out. Either way it doesn't seem fair if pensions are ultimately cut off. My dad worked hard for his as so many others. I remember back in the 70s during a truckers strike we went to the Teamsters Credit Union in Columbus, Ohio and the entire back of the building had been blown off by a bomb! Thankfully it went off at night so there were no casualties but it was def eerie to see!
This film explores the life of Jimmy Hoffa and his relationship to the government, the Teamsters and the Italian Mafia. It delves into the complicated and at times interwoven relationship between the three entities. The film would be of particular interest to Kennedy Assassination conspiracy followers as it analyzes this subject with some new data--some of which touches on a possible connection with Jimmy Hoffa. The film covers much data and it is clear that the filmmakers did their research. It kept my attention and opened my eyes to some facts that I was not previously aware of. Great film for history buffs!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 2, 2019
A fair documentary about jimmy hoffa although at times I felt it was to padded out using the Kennedy assination and Sam giancana, s killing supposedly because he was to testify before a hearing about cia mafia involvement in assinating fidel castro however what they fail to tell people is that giacanna had been attending many hearings from the year before up until his and he had used his fifth amendment right to say nothing at every one of them. Then had the conspiracy to kill John Kennedy of course poor old Lee was set up by everyone anything but the fact that he for his own reasons shot and killed John Kennedy alone the evidence is overwhelming that he shot both victims that day, what is worrying is that their is no objectivity in modern documenteries, what I did like and found interesting was jimmy formative years and his rise through hard work to eventually lead the union. I think what let the film down was to many experts and very little law enforcement sources the one old guy who was ex fbi was the most sensible in what likely happened, it seems to jump from person to person far to quick to let the watcher take in what is being said, it should have focused more on the subject of who the likely culprits were for Jimmy's demise.