Plot – During the Great Depression, life on the road was very hard and often very dangerous. Truck drivers were paid to meet deadlines, not to sleep. Wages were low, overtime pay was modest or non-existent and the law offered no protection to the workers. The only protection offered came from the union, but truck drivers found it very difficult to organize one, because they were always on the road. In the 1930s, however, the US trade union movement grew and consolidated its power, obtaining wage increases, a safety regulation, an anti-dismissal protection and other benefits for thousands of workers, often at the cost of fierce fighting against those who tried to oppose the unions with intimidation, violence, crossing picket lines, or even police intervention. One charismatic figure of this movement was James R. Hoffa, who wrote the fate of the most powerful American union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
All actors – Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Armand Assante, J.T. Walsh, John C. Reilly, Frank Whaley, Kevin Anderson, John P. Ryan, Robert Prosky, Natalija Nogulich, Nicholas Pryor, Paul Guilfoyleshow all
“Hoffa” Quotes 13 quotes
“If a guy's close to you, you can't slight 'im. You can't slight that guy. A real grievance can be resolved; differences can be resolved. But an imaginary hurt, a slight - that motherfucker gonna hate you 'til the day he dies.”
“Life's a negotiation, it's all give and take.”
“Never let a stranger in your cab, in your house or in your heart... unless he is a friend of labor.”
“You know what they used to say in the old days? Tell me now or else I'm going to find out about it anyway.”
“In every conflict there are casualties. The question is, what has been lost and what has been gained?”
“There's a time to shirk, and a time to work.”
“They'd rather some people die for your mistake than that they lived but that they lacked a leader.”
“- Bobby Ciaro: I can't even scratch myself.
- Jimmy Hoffa: Do you itch?
- Bobby Ciaro: No.
- Jimmy Hoffa: What the fuck are you complaining about then?”
“Give me the fuckin' knife. You wanna go around, buy a gun. Go like a white man.”
“I'm gonna give ya a piece of advice. Don't ask for something if it's a burden to ya if ya get it.”
“- Bobby Ciaro: He wants to know what you're scared of.
- Jimmy Hoffa: Tell him it's none of his fucking business.”