The Irishman (2019 film)

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I was one of a thousand working stiffs. Until I wasn't no more.

The Irishman is a 2019 film, based on the story of Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, about a truck driver who becomes a hitman involved with mobster Russell Bufalino and his crime family, including his time working for the powerful Teamster Jimmy Hoffa.

Directed by Martin Scorsese. Written by Steven Zaillian, based on Charles Brandt's book "I Heard You Paint Houses".
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Frank Sheeran[edit]

  • I was one of a thousand working stiffs. Until I wasn't no more.
  • Nowadays, young people, they don't know who Jimmy Hoffa was. They don't have a clue. I mean, maybe they know that he disappeared or something, but that's about it. But back then, there wasn't nobody in this country who didn't know who Jimmy Hoffa was.
  • [about his boss to be] I thought maybe he owned the gas station. 'Cause he owned something, you could tell. Yeah, it turns out he owned the whole road.

Jimmy Hoffa[edit]

  • You always charge a guy with a gun! With a knife, you run away.
  • If I said it once, I said it a thousand times, I don't care they're Irish. I don't care they're Catholic. If there's one person you can't trust in this life, it's millionaires' kids.
  • You don't keep a man waiting. The only time you do is when you want to say something. When you want to say fuck you.
  • I am sitting in a room... full of fuckin' idiots. You dumb motherfuckers! You know what you did? You take Johnny O'Rourke's kid and you put him on as general organizer, pay thirty-six fucking grand, at the same time... you let him sell insurance to his fucking father's...[leans over the table shaking his head] To his fucking father's... to his fucking father's... LOCALS! [slams table] Damn it! How do you do that? How STUPID can you be? That fucking cocksucker Kennedy has got his nose up my ass everywhere I go! You don't know that they're hounding me? They're looking at everything I do, and you let this happen in public! You're giving it to him! [in a calmer tone] I'm going to jail. You understand? I'm going to prison... because of you. You dumb motherfuckers. This is what you wanted. You wanted to put me in jail. Tell me now so I can kill you... right here. [slams table again] Right here!

Russell Bufalino[edit]

  • It's at a point where your gonna have to talk to him and tell him, "It's what it is". It's what they want. It's where it's gotten.
  • If they can whack a President, they can whack a president of a union. You know it and I know it.
  • Frank, I had to put you into this thing, or you would never let it happen, and I know you wouldn't. [pause] But it's gonna happen. Either way, he's going. [pause] I know how you feel, Frank. Trust me. I know how you feel. I told you before, we tried everything to help him, you know that. You tried. He brought this on himself. And it's landing on us. [pause] The only reason they agreed to this, is out of respect to me. But you and Irene will be okay. Cuz you're with me. You're with me.
  • Jimmy was a good man, you know? Nice family too, huh? I never wanted it to go that far. [pause] I picked us over him. Fuck 'em. Fuck 'em. Fuck 'em.


Frank Sheeran: [narrating] Russell had a piece of everything. He had this store in Pittston called Penn Drape & Curtains. And he ran everything out of there. Who knew what it all was? I mean, I'm sure the man had partners. They always have partners. Nobody keeps all the money. But everybody listened to Russ. That I can tell you. You wanted to bribe a judge, you asked Russell. You didn't know how much to bribe him, Russell was gonna tell you. You wanna promote one of your guys, Russ would tell you you could or you could not. You wanna make somebody disappear, you gotta get Russell's permission. You know, no two ways about it. And when you did something for Russ, you did it yourself. Like Russ used to say...
Russell Bufalino: [cuts to Russell, explaining straight to the camera] When I ask somebody to take care of something for me, I expect them to take care of it themselves. I don't need two roads coming back to me.

Frank Sheeran: Hello?
Jimmy Hoffa: Is that Frank?
Frank Sheeran: Yes.
Jimmy Hoffa: Hiya, Frank. This is Jimmy Hoffa.
Frank Sheeran: Yeah, yeah. Glad to meet you.
Jimmy Hoffa: Well, glad to meet you, too, even if it's over the phone. I heard you paint houses.
Frank Sheeran: Yes. Yes, sir, I... I do.

Jimmy Hoffa: You wanna be a part of this fight?
Frank Sheeran: Yes, I do, sir.
Jimmy Hoffa: Would you like to be a part of this history?
Frank Sheeran: Yes, I would. Whatever you need me to do, I'm available.

Jimmy Hoffa: Who said it?
Frank Sheeran: Don't matter who said it.
Jimmy Hoffa: It matters. Was it Russell?
Frank Sheeran: No.
Jimmy Hoffa: No. Of course it's not Russell. And the little cocksucker from the Miami fiasco? No? Not him? No? Then who?
Frank Sheeran: I'm gonna tell you. Tony.
Jimmy Hoffa: Tony? Which Tony? They're all named Tony. I mean, what's the matter with Italians that they can only think of one name?
Frank Sheeran: The other Tony.
Jimmy Hoffa: What Tony?

Whispers DiTullio: To tell you the truth, I'm a little concerned.
Frank Sheeran: [narrating] Whenever anybody says they're a little concerned, they're very concerned.
Whispers DiTullio: As a matter of fact, I'm really more than a little concerned.
Frank Sheeran: [narrating] And when they say they're more than a little concerned, they're desperate.

Jimmy Hoffa: Where are you going?
Frank Sheeran: What do you mean where am I going? I fucking quit, that's where I'm going!
Jimmy Hoffa: What are you quitting for?
Frank Sheeran: You gonna call me a motherfucker? If you can talk to them like that, you can't talk to me like that!
Jimmy Hoffa: No! That didn't apply to you!
Frank Sheeran: It didn't apply?
Jimmy Hoffa: No!
Frank Sheeran: You gotta let me know it didn't apply to me. I'm standing right there...
Jimmy Hoffa: I didn't even see you standing there!
Frank Sheeran: I was standing right there, Jimmy, what are you talking about?
Jimmy Hoffa: But it didn't apply to you! What else can I say?
Frank Sheeran: You... you... you got a problem, you pull me aside, you don't insult me and then you say it didn't apply to me!
Jimmy Hoffa: How am I going to pull you aside? I didn't even see you there!

Robert Kennedy: [during congressional hearing interrogation of Hoffa] Are you saying you don't remember doing any favors for Johnny Dio, or you don't remember the conversation?
Jimmy Hoffa: [nonchalantly] I'm saying, to the best of my recollection, I must recall on my memory, I cannot remember.
Robert Kennedy: Then where did this $20,000 come from?
Jimmy Hoffa: Individuals.
Robert Kennedy: [losing patience] Which individuals, Mr. Hoffa?
Jimmy Hoffa: [pretending to think] Uh... off hand, that particular amount of money I borrowed... I don't know at this particular moment. But the record of my loans, which I requested, I have, and out of all the moneys I loaned during this period of time I went into these ventures.


  • Time Changes Nothing.
  • His story changed history.


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