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'HOFFA' BEGINS PRODUCTION FEB. 18 IN PITTSBURGH

 'HOFFA' BEGINS PRODUCTION FEB. 18 IN PITTSBURGH
 BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- "Hoffa," starring


Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito and directed by DeVito, began principal photography Feb. 18 in Pittsburgh, it was announced today by Roger Birnbaum, president, World-wide Production and executive vice president, Twentieth Century Fox. Twentieth Century Fox Presents in association with Jersey Films an Edward R. Pressman Production of a Danny DeVito Film, "Hoffa." The film is produced by Pressman, DeVito and Caldecot Chubb. Joe Isgro is the executive producer, and Harold Schneider is the co-producer. The screenplay is by David Mamet.
 Nicholson and director/co-star DeVito bring to life Mamet's gripping screenplay "Hoffa." Nicholson plays the powerful Teamster boss, whose turbulent career is followed over the sweep of four decades -- from his passionate struggle for power to his final enigmatic fall. The film also stars Armand Assante ("The Mambo Kings"), J.T. Walsh ("Good Morning, Vietnam"), Kevin Anderson ("Sleeping with the Enemy"), John C. Reilly ("State of Grace"), Frank Whaley ("The Doors") and Robert Prosky ("Broadcast News").
 The creative team for "Hoffa" includes director of photography Steven Burum ("The War of the Roses"), production designer Ida Random ("The War of the Roses," "Throw Momma from the Train") and costume designer Deborah Scott ("Back to the Future").
 The film will be shot on location in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Detroit, with the possibility of Chicago as an additional location. Filming at a variety of Pittsburgh locations will take place from February 18 to March 19. The Teamster Hall will be built in the Troy Hill section of Pittsburgh, and the West Homestead section will be used mainly for exteriors. Scenes will also be filmed at the State Correctional Unit and on the campus of Carnegie-Mellon University.
 Two-time Oscar winner Nicholson most recently starred as the maniacal Joker in the record-breaking "Batman" and Jake Gittes in "The Two Jakes," the sequel to "Chinatown," which he also directed. Nicholson numbers among his other credits "Easy Rider," "Carnal Knowledge," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Five Easy Pieces," "The King of Marvin Gardens," "The Last Detail," "The Last Tycoon," "The Shining," "Terms of Endearment," "Ironweed," "Heartburn," "Broadcast News" and "Prizzi's Honor." He co-stars later this year with Ellen Barkin in "Man Trouble," a romantic comedy-thriller to be released by Twentieth Century Fox and with Tom Cruise in Rob Reiner's "A Few Good Men." In "Hoffa" Nicholson is renewing a creative association with DeVito that began with "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Goin' South," which Nicholson directed.
 DeVito again does double duty as actor and director with "Hoffa" for the first time since the success of his critically acclaimed black comedy "The War of the Roses," also for Twentieth Century Fox, in which he co-starred with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. An Emmy and Golden Globe winner for his portrayal of Louie De Palma in the television series "Taxi," DeVito numbers among his film credits "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Terms of Endearment," "Romancing the Stone," "Jewel of the Nile," "Ruthless People," "Tin Men," "Twins," "Other People's Money" and the hit comedy "Throw Momma from the Train," which marked his directorial debut. This summer DeVito stars opposite Michael Keaton as The Penguin in "Batman Returns," and this fall he will star in Twentieth Century Fox's "Jack the Bear."
 Among Pressman's many distinguished credits as a producer are Mamet's "Homicide" and the Oscar-winning "Wall Street" and "Reversal of Fortune."
 Schneider, a long-time associate of Nicholson, has produced such notable films as "Black Widow," "WarGames," "Days of Heaven" and "Goin' South."
 "Hoffa" is scheduled for a Christmas 1992 release from Twentieth Century Fox.
 Twentieth Century Fox is primarily engaged in the financing, development, production, distribution and marketing of motion pictures throughout the world and is a unit of Fox Inc.
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