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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/2016
UPC: 0887090123419
Original Release: 1997
Rating: R
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:10:00
Sales rank: 16,167

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laurence Fishburne Ellsworth (Bumpy) Johnson
Tim Roth Dutch Schultz
Vanessa Williams Francine Hughes
Andy Garcia Lucky Luciano
Cicely Tyson (Queen) Stephanie St. Clair
Chi McBride Illinois Gordon
Clarence Williams Bub Hewlett
Richard Bradford Capt. Jerrod Foley
William Atherton Thomas Dewey
Loretta Devine Pigfoot Mary
Queen Latifah Sulie
Paul Benjamin Whispers
Mike Starr Albert Salke
Beau Starr Jules Salke
Joe Guzaldo Bo Weinberg
Ed O'Ross Lulu Rosenkrantz
J.W. Smith Calvin
Eddie Bo Smith Tee-Ninchy
John Toles-Bey Vallie

Technical Credits
Bill Duke Director,Executive Producer
Gary Baugh Art Director
Charles C. Bennett Production Designer
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Chris Brancato Co-producer,Screenwriter
Richard Bruno Costumes/Costume Designer
Kelsee Devoreaux Stunts
Paul Eckstein Co-producer
Curt Frisk Sound/Sound Designer
Mike Johnson Stunts
Harry Keramidas Editor
Laurence Fishburne Executive Producer
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Frank Mancuso Producer
Tyrone Mason Asst. Director
Otis Sallid Choreography
Cathy Sandrich Casting
Helen Sugland Executive Producer
Frank Tidy Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hoodlum
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9

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Hoodlum 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Based on Ellsworth "Bumpy" Jackson and Stephanie St. Clair, also known as the Queen of Harlem in her day because not even the Italians would bother her due to her intelligence and toughness. A film overly romanticized, it does show what Dutch Schultz was though: an idiotic, blabbering, stupid and gun-happy, vengeful gangster that didn't belong in the company of the ruthless and and very smart ranks of Big Bill Dwyer, Bumpy Jackson, Lucky Luciano, Owney Madden, and the king of them all, Carlo Gambino.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago