A gangster named Bumpy Johnson makes his way in Harlem during the 1960s. A TV prequel to the 2007 film, 'American Gangster', which centered on the criminal enterprise of Frank Lucas.
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Forest Whitaker ...  Ellsworth 'Bumpy' Johnson / ... 11 episodes, 2019-2021
Lucy Fry ...  Stella Gigante / ... 11 episodes, 2019-2021
Nigel Thatch ...  Malcolm X 10 episodes, 2019
Ilfenesh Hadera ...  Mayme Johnson 10 episodes, 2019
Kelvin Harrison Jr. ...  Teddy Greene 10 episodes, 2019
Antoinette Crowe-Legacy ...  Elise Johnson / ... 10 episodes, 2019
Giancarlo Esposito ...  Congressman Adam Clayton Powell 10 episodes, 2019
Vincent D'Onofrio ...  Vincent 'Chin' Gigante 10 episodes, 2019
Erik LaRay Harvey ...  Del Chance 10 episodes, 2019
Rafi Gavron ...  Ernie Nunzi 9 episodes, 2019
Paul Sorvino ...  Frank Costello 9 episodes, 2019
Elvis Nolasco ...  Nat Pettigrew 9 episodes, 2019
Demi Singleton ...  Margaret Johnson 9 episodes, 2019
Markuann Smith ...  Junie Byrd 9 episodes, 2019
Gregory Cioffi ...  Fat Ricky 8 episodes, 2019
Chazz Palminteri ...  Joe Bonanno 7 episodes, 2019
Kevin Corrigan ...  Bennie Eggs 7 episodes, 2019
Korey Jackson ...  Livingston Wingate 7 episodes, 2019
Tramell Tillman ...  Bobby Robinson 6 episodes, 2019
Roslyn Ruff ...  Delia Greene 6 episodes, 2019
Leopold Manswell ...  Captain Henry 6 episodes, 2019-2021
Kathrine Narducci ...  Olympia Gigante 5 episodes, 2019
Afi Bijou ...  Sister Marny 5 episodes, 2019
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The "true story" of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson, who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control. Written by AnonymusB

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Crime | Drama

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While riding in the car after he got out of prison heading to retaliate against the Italians, Bumpy Johnson (Forrest Whitaker) hears a debate on the radio between Adam Clayton Powell & Malcolm X. Denzel Washington portrayed Malcolm in the movie "X" (1992) as well as Bumpy's real life successor, Frank Lucas in the movie "American Gangster" (2007). Vincent D'Onofrio (who plays Vincent "The Chin" Gigante) and Giancarlo Esposito (who plays Powell) also both appeared in Malcolm X, with Esposito playing Thomas Hayer, one of his assassins. See more »

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References Selma (2014) See more »

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What more can you say Forest Whitiker
30 September 2019 | by jackie_bealesSee all my reviews

Does a great job portraying Family man/ villian. He still resembles characters that we've grown to know and love, but perhaps it's his subtleties and what he doesn't say that helps sell the protagonist . So far so good. Kept me hooked. Looking forward to future episodes.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2019 (USA) See more »

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Godfather of Harlem See more »

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