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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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Bill Duke

Writer:

Chris Brancato

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Fishburne ... Bumpy Johnson
Tim Roth ... Dutch Schultz
Vanessa Williams ... Francine Hughes
Andy Garcia ... Lucky Luciano
Cicely Tyson ... Stephanie St. Clair
Chi McBride ... Illinois Gordon
Clarence Williams III ... Bub Hewlett
Richard Bradford ... Captain Foley
William Atherton ... Thomas Dewey
Loretta Devine ... Pigfoot Mary
Queen Latifah ... Sulie
Mike Starr ... Albert Salke
Beau Starr ... Jules Salke
Paul Benjamin ... Whispers
Joe Guzaldo Joe Guzaldo ... Bo Weinberg
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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

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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 »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gangster See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,162,768, 1 September 1997

Gross USA:

$23,461,013
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Company Credits

Production Co:

United Artists See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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: What's 235
Bub Hewlett: It means death
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Ramrod
Written by Jesse James
Performed by Tony Powell
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User Reviews

"New Jack City" meets "The Untouchables"
25 May 2000 | by coverme6See all my reviews

A solid, well-to-do flick, "Hoodlum" is a good film trying to

live up the dying genre of the 1930's gangster flick. Laurence

Fishburne is in top form as Bumpy, an ex-con from Sing Sing who

becomes a big time ganglord in Harlem. While not tackling

enemies such as Dutch Schultz (Tim Roth) and Lucky Luchiano

(Andy Garcia), Bumpy romances his girl Francine (the fine

Vanessa Williams). Packed with machine gun-toting violence,

"Hoodlum" has the cool style of modern day crime thrillers such

as "New Jack City" and the sneering Al Caponeish look of the old

style


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