Hoodlum (1997)



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Movie Info

This blood-soaked crime drama chronicles the rise and moral destruction of genteel African American crime lord Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson, the former king of the 1930's Harlem numbers racket, who was caught in a violent gang war with the psychotic Dutch Schultz over control of the lucrative illegal gambling district.

Rating: R (for violence and thematic elements)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Chris Brancato
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 15, 2001
905 Corporation


as Ellsworth Bumpy John...

as Dutch Schultz

as Francine Hughes

as Lucky Luciano

as Stephanie St. Clair

as Illinois Gordon

as Capt. Foley

as Thomas Dewey

as Pigfoot Mary

as Albert Salke

as Jules Salke

as Whispers

as Bo Weinberg

as Lulu Rosenkrantz

as Calvin

as Tee-Ninchy

as Tee-Ninchy

as Johnny `Figures' DiP...

as Lucky's Henchman

as Undertaker

as Mr. Redmond

as Enrique `Henry' Miro

as Waldo/Church Conduct...

as Dutch's Driver

as Willie Brunder

as Hep-Cat Man

as Piano Man

as Miss Philmore

as Dutch's Thug

as Mrs. Andrews

as Owney Madden

as Man In Cotton Club

as Woman In Cotton Club

as Runner

as Lieutenant

as Dutch's Liquor Hench...

as Prostitute

as Female Prison Guard

as Manager of Pool Hall

as Security Guard

as Rent Party Singer

as Church Singer

as Church Singer

as Cotton Club Singer

as Duke Ellington

as Show Girl

as Sideline Musician

as Luciano's Mob Boss

as Luciano's Mob Boss

as Luciano's Mob Boss

as Luciano's Mob Boss
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Critic Reviews for Hoodlum

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (12)

The Sting-like ending with its crosses and double-crosses could have been better handled, but there are plenty of other payoffs.

January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for Hoodlum

Not bad, a great cast but Roth steals the show with some great lines. He's like Elmer Fudd turned bad!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

A really good gangster flick with a top notch cast. Each and every one of them pulled it off. The flick came off a little predictable but entertaining none the less.
I really enjoyed Tim Roth in this flick. Every time he plays the villain he manages to put forth that right amount of ooze that makes you hate him but makes you love to watch him work as well.
Fishburne comes off cool and collected though all the movie even when pushed to the edge.
The twist plan at the end wasn't much of a plan but it got the job done. I would have liked to see Fishburne take the matter into his own hands but this will do just fine.
Recommended for any gangster flick fans.

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer


A slightly drawn out story, with a great cast, Tim Roth was particularly good and managed to really get in to the role of his character.

The storyline is based on the times around Lucky Luciano, without too much envolvement of Lucky Luciano (Garcia). This could have been as good as Miller's Crossing, but sadly it lacked something.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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