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Netflix's The Irishman: Release Date, Running Time And Everything We Know About Al Pacino's Character Jimmy Hoffa

Mark Cunliffe

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Netflix's The Irishman: Release Date, Running Time And Everything We Know About Al Pacino's Character Jimmy Hoffa

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It's recently been announced that Martin Scorsese's The Irishman will be released on Netflix in the UK on 27 November. However, the movie, which stars Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, will hit UK cinemas on 8 November before it arrives on the streaming platform.

The movie is set to have Netflix's biggest ever theatrical release - following on from the success of Roma last year.

When talking about a possible theatrical release Robert De Niro told Marrakesh Film Festival 2018: "We've talked about it with Netflix.

"They are going to do a presentation of our film the way it should be, in a theatre, in certain venues, the best theatrical venues there can be.

"How they resolve it is, in the beginning, they will show it on the big screen, we're talking about big venues where it would play, where it should play, and what happens after that I'm not sure."

If you're living over in America, you get to watch a little bit sooner, as it's reportedly tipped for cinematic release on 1 November and dropping on Netflix one week later on the 8 November.

What's The Irishman about?

The official synopsis for The Irishman reads:

"The film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organised crime."

The Irishman is based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt and tells the story of Frank Sheeran, a gangster, hitman and World War Two veteran. Sheeran (played by De Niro in the film) finds himself mixed up with some of the most notorious people of the 20th century.

Netflix's The Irishman: Release Date, Running Time And Cast. Credit: Netflix
Netflix's The Irishman: Release Date, Running Time And Cast. Credit: Netflix

The film centres on the disappearance of union boss Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino) and its possible connection to organised crime.

Sheeran met Hoffa while they were in their thirties, which means a big chunk of the budget was spent making respective actors Robert Di Niro and Al Pacino look younger.

What's the running time?

The film will be 210 minutes long - which is exactly three and a half hours.

It's Scorsese's longest film to date, exactly half an hour longer than The Wolf of Wall Street, and a whole hour and two minutes longer than Goodfellas.

When Released, The Irishman Will Be Exclusive To Netflix. Credit: Netflix
When Released, The Irishman Will Be Exclusive To Netflix. Credit: Netflix

Will it live up to the hype?

NYFF director Kent Jones, who has been treated to a screener of the new flick, heaped praise on it, saying: "It's the work of masters, made with a command of the art of cinema that I've seen very rarely in my lifetime, and it plays out at a level of subtlety and human intimacy that truly stunned me."

Find out for yourself on Netflix in the UK on 27 November or in selected cinemas on 8 November.

Topics: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, UK Entertainment, US Entertainment, Netflix

Mark Cunliffe
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