A mixed bag of a gangster film. There is much to enjoy about this story of Bumpy Johnson, Dutch Schultz and Lucky Luciano battling for control of the numbers racket. The film has a dynamite cast with Laurence Fishburne as Johnson, Andy Garcia as Luciano and Tim Roth, who steals every scene he's in, as the hot headed Dutch Schultz. Roth seethes with rage and practically froths at the mouth in most of his scenes and it absolutely works. The film also has great costumes, solid production value and production design and a nice score by Elmer Berstein. Director Bill Duke crafts some tight little action sequences and even brings some nice nods to old Warner Bros crime pictures. On the downside, the film is overlong, the script seems to to wander, characters are fairly surface level and the film really needed some moodier photography, ALA "The Untouchables." Still, despite these weaknesses the film is very much worth watching for fans of gangster pictures and the films strong cast, which also includes Vanessa Williams, Cicely Tyson, Chi McBride, Clarence Williams III, William Atherton, Queen Latifah, Mike Starr and Ed O'Ross. I also liked the films subtext about appropriation by white interests of black owned interests if there's money money to be made. Overall, the film wants to be "The Godfather" but falls WAY short, but it's a smart film that does offer a lot of good entertainment if you can get through the dull patches.