NETFLIX released The Irishman yesterday and it has certainly generated plenty of buzz.
But is the new film based on a true story? You can find out below.
Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in a scene from The Irishman[/caption]
Is The Irishman a true story?
One of the newest films to come out on Netflix tells the true story of union leader Jimmy Hoffa, who was allegedly assassinated by Frank Sheeran, a union official.
After serving as the President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, from 1957 to 1971, Hoffa mysteriously disappeared in 1975 and was never found. He was legally declared presumed dead in 1982.
Frank Sheeran, who was a member of the army and fought in World War II in from 1941, honed his craft in Europe and later returned to the US as a hitman.
His work saw him employed by the infamous Bufalino crime family and that is where he began to form a close relationship with Hoffa.
The film is told from the viewpoint of an elderly Sheeran, reflecting on the life he has lived.
Picture of Jimmy Hoffer in 1966[/caption]
How did Hoffa die and why has it still not been solved?
Hoffa remained the Teamsters union president until 1971 despite being sentenced to a prison sentence of 13 years from 1967, refusing to resign from his post.
Though Hoffa’s death remains unknown, the consensus is that it was a mob-related hit.
Many believe this happened after he ignored the ruling that he could not participate in union activity until 1980 and worked behind closed doors to regain his authority.
His endeavours to re-assert his power did not go down well with his mob associates and this gave them motive to take him out, but has never been confirmed that this actually happened.
The location of where Hoffer was last seen was his home in Detroit, where he left to have a meeting with mob and union-related associates.
The Irishman first hit cinemas November 1 and debuted on Netflix November 28[/caption]
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Does The Irishman leave out details about Jimmy Hoffer’s death?
Hoffa’s disappearance is one of the most enduring mysteries American crime history has ever known.
It’s a conundrum that has frazzled the brains of the most competent investigators and mafia enthusiasts for over four decades.
Netflix’s newest film does not tell us everything about this fascinating story though.
Based on unproven claims from I Heard You Paint Houses, a narrative nonfiction book written by a former homicide prosecutor, claims The Irishman is by no means a story that is entirely true.
Many critics disagree with statements made in the book and it has been reported that 14 different people have said that they killed Hoffa.
FBI reports claim that while Sheeran was in Detroit when Hoffa vanished, many believe the role he may have had in the murder of his former friend and colleague has been exaggerated.