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Hoodlum (1997)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  27 August 1997 (USA)
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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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They had it all. It cost them everything. See more »

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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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$23,461,013 (USA) (7 November 1997)
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Though set in New York, the movie was filmed in Chicago because it still has buildings that are of the type that were in Harlem in the 1930s unlike present day New York. See more »

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When Dutch exits Lucky's car onto the steps of the library, he spoofs the title of Dale Carnegie's _How to Win Friends and Influence People_, prior to the book's publication in 1936. See more »

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Dutch Schultz: What's 235
Bub Hewlett: It means death
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Referenced in Moesha: Cold Busted (1997) See more »

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Steal Away
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Arranged by Fred Nelson & Jeffrey Morrow
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Solos by Vernon Oliver Price and Louis Price
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The Ultimate Movie Review! - http://tss5078.blogspot.com - @tss5078
25 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

People who have seen American Gangster or are regular viewers of the TV show, Mobsters, will know who Bumpy Johnson was and know the story behind Hoodlum. For those of you who don't, Johnson was a member of an organized crime group, in Harlem, during the 1930's. He was also the man who mentored and inspired Denzel Washington's character of Frank Lucas in American Gangster. Long before that film, the story of Bumpy Johnson was told in Hoodlum. This was one of those little told stories about the mafia that started out very strong. Unfortunately, I felt that the writers went into far too much detail at certain points in the film and by the end it was definitely dragging on. Laurence Fishburne stars as Johnson and did an adequate job, my problem with his has always been he lacks emotion in his acting. In my humble opinion this should automatically disqualify him from certain things and this probably should have been one of those things. Tim Roth is Dutch Schultz and while Schultz had a reputation for being a character, Roth went a little over the top with it, but was still very entertaining. My favorite performance was of course the one by Andy Garcia as Lucky Luciano, but he really wasn't in the film much and that's a shame, because nobody plays a crime boss better than hen does. Hoodlum is a wild ride about an incredible true story, but as a film, it was a mix of terrific scenes and some slower unnecessary elements. As a film it's not the best, but it's worth watching just for the amazing story that is being told.


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