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Hoodlum (1997) Movie Information

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Crime, Drama





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Bill Duke


Laurence Fishburne
Tim Roth
Vanessa Williams
Andy Garcia
Cicely Tyson
Chi McBride





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The story of the gangster, Bumpy Johnson. -- sapien

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Indyfreak 09/04/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Depicting organized crime during the Depression from a fresh Afro-centric perspective, Hoodlum depicts the rivalry between Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson (Fishburne) and Dutch Schultz (Roth) for control of Harlem's numbers racket. Laurence Fishburne is solid in the role of the protagonist but Tim Roth steals the show as the loudmouthed and ill-tempered Schultz. The supporting cast is fine and most of them provide a mixture of comic relief and heartfelt moments. However, the movie gets pretty dark halfway through and it never fully recovers from it. Stylistically, the costumes and the art direction is bright and colorful which makes the script's grim detours even stranger and more out of place.

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sapien 02/27/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I thought this was a pretty decent movie. I love movies about '20s and '30s era gangsters. In fact, I love any kind of movie about that era.

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