Who was Jimmy Hoffa?

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Jimmy Hoffa (played by Al Pacino) will play a major role in Martin Scorsese's gangster movie The Irishman, due for release in 2019. Who was the man, what was his connection to the mafia, and what role does he play in American history?

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This video is the first episode in a series in which I provide basic background information on the main characters who will be in Scorsese's mob drama.

The Irishman is an upcoming American biographical crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Steven Zaillian, based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran and the Inside Story of the Mafia, the Teamsters, and the Final Ride by Jimmy Hoffa by Charles Brandt.

Directed by
Martin Scorsese

Produced by
Martin Scorsese
Robert De Niro
Jane Rosenthal
Gaston Pavlovich
Emma Tillinger Koskoff

Screenplay by
Steven Zaillian

Based on
I Heard You Paint Houses
by Charles Brandt

Robert De Niro
Al Pacino
Joe Pesci
Bobby Cannavale
Harvey Keitel
Ray Romano

Music by
Seann Sara Sella

Rodrigo Prieto

Edited by
Thelma Schoonmaker

Production company
TriBeCa Productions
STX Entertainment
Sikelia Productions

Distributed by

United States


$125 million