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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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Power is measured in enemies. 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)

Gross:

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

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 »

Goofs

Bumpy Johnson was released from prison in 1932, but immediately after his release there are posters for the Joe Louis-Primo Carnera fight of 1935. See more »

Quotes

Dutch Schultz: I remember the days when you could get a guy hit for 40 bucks.
Mike Salke: We live in inflationary times
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References King Kong (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Written by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills
Performed by Laurnea Wilkerson
Laurnea Wilkerson appears courtesy of Yab Yum Entertainment
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1 January 2017 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

It is my opinion that this film is very unrealistic. It has a very Hollywood way of looking at the story behind the movie. I think if you were to make a movie about a person, make the story line capture more of who Bumpy Johnson really was, and this movie mist the mark by a mile. Also, Bumpys real story never crossed paths with Lucky Lucianos story, in any way. The portrayal of the queen was very inaccurate, the women was a ruthless Pearson, a psychopath, to say it best. Not a faithful women of God. Also the blacks were not as independent as the movie portraits them as them having their own organization. At that time they worked for the Italian mob , because the Italians had more power, plus the politicians... All I have to say is this movie is very inaccurate on everything. The only thing that the writers got right, is that "Bumpy" was from Harlem and he ran numbers, that's it......................


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