6.2/10
8,683
60 user 43 critic

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.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON TV
ON DISC
ALL
7 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Deep Cover (1992)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A black uniformed policeman is recruited by a devious drug enforcement agent to infiltrate a smuggling organization seeking to expand into designer drugs. This 'ugly side of the war on ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Duke
Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Jeff Goldblum, Lira Angel
Mobsters (1991)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

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.

Director: Michael Karbelnikoff
Stars: Christian Slater, Patrick Dempsey, Rodney Eastman
Bugsy (1991)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of how Bugsy Siegel started Las Vegas.

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel
Hoffa (1992)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The story of the notorious American labor union figure Jimmy Hoffa, who organizes a bitter strike, makes deals with members of the organized crime syndicate, and mysteriously disappears in 1975.

Director: Danny DeVito
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Armand Assante
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Captain Foley
...
...
Pigfoot Mary
...
...
Albert Salke
Beau Starr ...
Jules Salke
Paul Benjamin ...
Joe Guzaldo ...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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

Taglines:

Power is measured in enemies. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gangster  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

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

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This is the second film in which Laurence Fishburne has played Harlem gangster Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson. He first played him in Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club (1984) as "Bumpy Jackson" in a small role. See more »

Goofs

While Bumpy and Madame St. Claire are listening to opera on the Victrola, the record playing displays the Okeh label. Okeh Records, founded in 1918 recorded mainly middle-of-the road popular music, standards, light classical and blues, but not opera. See more »

Quotes

Dutch Schultz: What's 235
Bub Hewlett: It means death
See more »

Connections

References King Kong (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Torna A Surriento
Written by Giambattista De Curtis (as G.B. DeCurtis) and Ernesto De Curtis (as E. DeCurtis)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

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.'








6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?