“The Irishman” – a movie about Teamster corruption and the murder of Jimmy Hoffa – will open this fall. It’s bound to be noticed, because it stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, and is directed by Martin Scorsese.
It is 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 of Jimmy Hoffa.” Here is a summary and review of the book.
"I heard you paint houses." Those are the first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank Sheeran, who would become a top Teamster official in the 1960s and '70s as well as a hired killer for Hoffa and the mob. The words refer to the splatter of blood when the deed is done.