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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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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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$23,461,013 (USA) (7 November 1997)
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Trivia

In Lucky Luciano's introductory scene, in which he pulls up to Dutch Schultz's office in a limo, he gets out of the car and passes a pet Chihuahua dog to one of his men saying "Take Bambi for a walk." In real life, Lucky Luciano did own a dog called Bambi. However, he bought the dog in Sicily after he'd been deported from the United States in 1946. Luciano had named the dog after the movie Bambi (1942). Yet in this movie, he is seen with the dog in the 1934-1935 time period, before the release of that movie and before he actually bought the dog. See more »

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The character of Thomas E. Dewey is portrayed very inaccurately: see trivia. See more »

Quotes

Francine Hughes: I have one question. Why you gotta involve yourself in numbers?
Bumpy Johnson: I mean, what would you have me do? Shine shoes? Carry shoes down at Grand Central? I'm a colored man, and white folks ain't left me nothing out here but the underworld.
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Referenced in Moesha: Cold Busted (1997) See more »

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I Want To Be Your Mother's Son-In-Law
Written by Mann Holiner and Alberta Nichols
Performed by De De O'Neal
De De O'Neal appears courtesy of LaFace Records
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User Reviews

"New Jack City" meets "The Untouchables"
25 May 2000 | by (Allentown, PA) – See all my reviews

A solid, well-to-do flick, "Hoodlum" is a good film trying to

live up the dying genre of the 1930's gangster flick. Laurence

Fishburne is in top form as Bumpy, an ex-con from Sing Sing who

becomes a big time ganglord in Harlem. While not tackling

enemies such as Dutch Schultz (Tim Roth) and Lucky Luchiano

(Andy Garcia), Bumpy romances his girl Francine (the fine

Vanessa Williams). Packed with machine gun-toting violence,

"Hoodlum" has the cool style of modern day crime thrillers such

as "New Jack City" and the sneering Al Caponeish look of the old

style


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