Overall Rank: 15472
Average Rating: 2.2/4
# of Ratings: 17
Theatrical Release Date: 08/27/1997
Genre: Crime, Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Bill Duke
Actors: Laurence Fishburne, Tim Roth, Vanessa Williams, Andy Garcia, Cicely Tyson, Chi McBride
Plot: The story of the gangster, Bumpy Johnson. -- sapien
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Indyfreak - wrote on 09/04/2014
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.
sapien - wrote on 02/27/2013
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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