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Hoodlum (1997)

R | | Crime, Drama | 27 August 1997 (USA)
Black gangsters in 1930 Harlem fights Dutch Schultz who is trying to horn in on their numbers racket.

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The film focuses on the war of two gangs in 1930s Harlem for the control of illegal gaming - one headed by black strategic godfather Bumpy Johnson and another by white ruthless hothead Dutch Schultz. Negotiations proposed by white syndicate boss Lucky Luciano never get under way, blood flows and Johnson gets jailed. When Johnson is paroled, he gets the work of enforcer for mighty Stephanie "The Queen" St. Clair. She is also jailed for racketeering and when she leaves she makes him promise "no violence". Written by Anonymous

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dutch | 1930s | mobster | blood | violence | See All (78) »

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They had it all. It cost them everything. See more »

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic ganster violence, strong language, a scene of sexuality and some nudity | See all certifications »

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27 August 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,162,768 (USA) (1 September 1997)

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$23,461,013 (USA) (9 November 1997)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In Luciano's close ups, his right eye is not open as much as the left. On many historical pictures of the real Lucky Luciano his right eye is partially closed as well. This was due to a knife injury during a 1929 abduction by unknown assailants that damaged muscles in his right cheek that prevented his eye from working properly. See more »

Goofs

The big gunfight where Madame Queen is nearly killed was not filmed in Harlem, but on S. LaSalle St. in Chicago. Several other shots are not Harlem. See more »

Quotes

Bumpy Johnson: You've been warned. Get ready for your final thrill. It's curtains, Dutch. The jig is up.
Dutch Schultz: You're a dead fuckin' nigger!
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Connections

References King Kong (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Amazing Grace
Traditional Gospel
Arranged by Fred Nelson & Jeffrey Morrow
Performed by The Church Choir
Solos by Vernon Oliver Price and Louis Price
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Ghetto Lotto
14 October 2003 | by (SWIC) – See all my reviews

The 1997 movie `Hoodlum' takes place during the depression. A black man named Ellsworth `Bumpy' Johnson (Lawrence Fishburne) was released from prison and went back to Harlem. Then he joins his cousin, Illinois Gordon, and gets back into an illegal lottery racket ran by Madame Queen. They call the game `numbers.' They say that numbers is the only business in Harlem which provides them with work. A white man from uptown named Dutch Shultz (Tim Roth) is also trying to run the numbers downtown in Harlem, and there ends up being a battle between Shultz and the Queen. Madame goes to jail and leaves Bumpy in charge. Bumpy meets a fine woman, Francine (Vanessa Williams), who sees good in him and wants him to stop messing around with `numbers.' But she stays by his side while things get chaotic. Will he realize what he should do in time or will he lose everything?

The director Bill Duke has a message in this movie. It says when people are left limited options, they are going to find a way to get by. In one scene, Bumpy is telling Illinois because of the depression there isn't very many jobs and white men didn't leave them any jobs, so they had no options for making money other than through the numbers racket.

This movie had fast paced action. I liked the part where Dutch Shultz wants Madame Queen's organization out of the numbers racket in Harlem, so he can make all the money from it. Bumpy, who works for Madame Queen, comes up with a plan for eliminating the problem of Dutch, by getting Lucky Luciano (Andy Garcia), another gangster, and Dutch in a fight. This movie is a `classic gangster movie.'








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