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Hoodlum
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Hoodlum 1997


From Amazon: A flawed but admirably ambitious gangster movie, Hoodlum aspires to be a kind of Harlem-based equivalent to The Godfather, and while it falls short of that lofty goal it's still got plenty of qualities to make it well worth seeing. It's the first film to tell the story of Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson (charismatically played by Laurence Fishburne), an ex-convict who dominated the Harlem numbers racket during the 1930s and '40s. As he rises to power he gains equally powerful enemies, including hotheaded Bronx gangster Dutch Schultz (Tim Roth) and the suave mobster Lucky Luciano (Andy Garcia). Determined to defend his Harlem turf...

Directed By:
Bill DukeBill Duke
Written By:
No image existsChris Brancato
Starring:
Laurence FishburneLaurence Fishburne
Tim RothTim Roth
Andy GarciaAndy Garcia
No image existsVanessa L. Williams
No image existsCicely Tyson
No image existsClarence Williams III
No image existsWilliam Atherton
No image existsChi McBride
No image existsRichard Bradford
Loretta DevineLoretta Devine
Queen LatifahQueen Latifah
No image existsPaul Benjamin
No image existsMike Starr
No image existsBeau Starr
No image existsJoe Guzaldo
No image existsEd O'Ross

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Hoodlum Movie Review by Zara (2/18/2008)

Very slick looking period piece about what life was like during the Depression Era in Harlem, with the gangs running "numbers" in which both sides of the racial fence played. The battle occurs over a scummy Jewish mob boss trying to take over space in Harlem which was previously the only place run by blacks.

The actors...

(complete Hoodlum review by Zara)



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