Hoodlum [DVD] [1997]

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  • Release Date: 07/19/2016
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (12 out of 12)

Synopsis


Hoodlum
The white-run Mafia and the black-run numbers game meet head on with explosive impact in this period crime thriller. Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson (Laurence Fishburne) is an African-American ex-con who, after a stay in prison, returns to Harlem at the height of its renaissance before World War II. Looking for work, Bumpy becomes a lieutenant for Stephanie St. Clair (Cicely Tyson), the queen of Harlem's numbers racket. Bumpy's old friend Illinois Gordon (Chi McBride) gently expresses his concern about Bumpy's life of crime, and social worker Francine Hughes (Vanessa L. Williams), who is attracted to Bumpy (and vice versa), suggests he should be doing something more positive with his life. But Bumpy contends that the numbers game is the only business in the community that blacks are able to control themselves. The numbers game is very profitable -- enough so that mob boss "Lucky" Luciano (Andy Garcia) wants in on the action. He assigns one of his key men, "Dutch" Schultz (Tim Roth), to try to strike a deal with Stephanie, but negotiation isn't Dutch's strong suit -- he finds that murder is a far more effective tactic in taking control of a business, and Dutch is not the sort of person who's bothered by violence. Hoodlum was director Bill Duke's second film set in the milieu of the Gangster days of the 1920s and 1930s, after his breakthrough picture A Rage in Harlem. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Laurence Fishburne
    Laurence Fishburne - Ellsworth (Bumpy) Johnson
  • Tim Roth
    Tim Roth - Dutch Schultz
  • Vanessa Williams
    Vanessa Williams - Francine Hughes
  • Andy Garcia
    Andy Garcia - Lucky Luciano
  • Cicely Tyson
    Cicely Tyson - (Queen) Stephanie St. Clair



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Film

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    GeorgetownHerbs
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    I didn't even know this film existed, until just a few months ago. I happened to come across it, while searching the web for dialogue I heard in the beginning of a song. If you're into organized crimes films, including black culture, I definitely recommend getting your hands on this film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    a great mob movie in black

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    Layz

    This is a great movie to tell some of the story of Bumpy Johnson. Laurence Fishburne is just smooth, and brilliant as the lead character, and with Andy Garcia playing Lucky Luciano, you will pleased with the outcome

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great 1930's Urban Gangster Movie!

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    Byrdman
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    I really enjoyed how this movie portrayed the life of the 1930''s Urban Gangster: Elmsworth "Bumpy" Johnson portrayed by the Great Actor: Lawrenance Fishburne.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    1st time Blu Ray

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    Jagodablue
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    Finally, after more than 12 years, this movie gets a blu ray release. I love this movie & it was a great addition to my collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic

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    stylez562
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    A must see....This movie I remember watching when I was younger and when i seen it i had to buy it...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A classic

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    Oohwee
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    Movie was great to watch, my girl enjoy herself for the first time seeing it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hoodlum Good Movie

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    Sheree
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    All race's were present in this movie; the acting was very good, and I really like that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Gangster film

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    BurntPopcorn
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    A gangster film that won't disappoint genre fans or causal ones

    I would recommend this to a friend



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