From start to finish, it's a story of friendship between 4 street-wise males who don't mind using violence to achieve the lives that they want. They trust no one but each other which is vital to their success as mobsters.
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A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to New York's poor and lower classes in this stylish and ultra violent modern twist on Robin Hood.
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
An old friend of the real Lucky Luciano allowed Andy Garcia to wear Lucky's pinkie ring for one scene. You can see it when Lucky gives Thomas Dewey the bribe money at the whorehouse, when the prostitute takes the cigar out of Lucky's hand. See more »
Midway through the film, shortly before a series of newspaper headline shots with large 1935 dates are shown, there is an overhead street scene shot with a series of cars parked at the curb. One is a 1939 black Buick which would not have been available for viewing for at least another few years. See more »
Johnny 'Figures' DiPalmero:
[referring to a board]
The dividing line could conceivably be the 135th Street, running east to west, Lennox Ave running north to south. Mr Schultz would take one territory and Mr Johnson, the other.
I can't accept any proposals that allows Mr Schultz to continue to operate freely in Harlem. As I've said before I have no quarrel with any of you gentlemen. But if Mr Schultz insists on coming uptown, I have no choice but to make my presence felt... Downtown.
Well, you do realize that such a course...
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How great this film could have been! It uses the real history of New York's Gangsters as a background and seems reasonably well researched. At times.
Personally, however, I have several gripes with this movie:
The irritatingly predictable script and much too clean-polished setting seem to come straight out of a "screenwriting-for-housewives" class.
The "messages" in the film (such as its anti-racist and pro-religious scenes) are horribly blatant. The romantic scenes and musical interludes are much too long and boring; the violent scenes too short and clean. Johnson is portrayed as a good gangster at first, which almost works out. His "internal struggle" theme doesn't work at all.
The supposedly elegant Gangster Luciano has to shlep a horrible dog around with him throughout the film. Bumpy Johnson's friend ist forced to do a horrible "funny negro singer" routine, offsetting the supposedly antiracist messages. And that Bumpy Johnson, at the end of the film, finds Gawd and turns away from the evil gangster life is a) predictable and b) idiotic.
"Hoodlum" could've been a great film. As it is, it's merely mediocre.
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