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

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Power is measured in enemies. 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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In this film, actor David Darlow portrays Lucky Luciano's accountant, Johnny. Darlow actually played Lucky Luciano in an episode of the syndicated series The Untouchables (1993) . See more »

Goofs

Bumpy Johnson was released from prison in 1932, but in the scenes immediately after his release there are posters for the Joe Louis vs Primo Carnera fight which did not take place until 1935. See more »

Quotes

Dutch Schultz: What's 235
Bub Hewlett: It means death
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References King Kong (1933) 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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Great Film
5 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film. As far as crime dramas go it is up there with The Godfather to me. Laurence Fishburne was great in his role as Bumpy Johnson. Tim Roth gave a great performance also.

The film did a great job portraying the inner turmoil of people. Also it did a great job at showing the racist attitudes of the times. Example: Dutch asking his main guy, who is black to wrap up his (shultz) sandwich scraps so that he (the black guy) could take them home to feed his grandkids. Classic subtle racism.

The clothes and the music were also good for the period. One scene was even shot at the cotton club which no movie during this period is complete without.

Great Job! Great Film!


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