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R| 2 hr. 10 min.

Plot Summary
Having just been released from jail, Bumpy Johnson (Laurence Fishburne) returns to his criminal ways as a linchpin in the African-American-run numbers racket. However, Bumpy's longtime friend Illinois Gordon (Chi McBride) and girlfriend Francine Hughes (Vanessa Williams) are both eager to get him back on the straight and narrow. But a brewing rivalry with Mafia boss Lucky Luciano (Andy Garcia) and his henchman Dutch Schultz (Tim Roth) threatens to raise the stakes to dangerous new levels.

Cast: Laurence Fishburne , Tim Roth , Vanessa Williams , Andy Garcia , Cicely Tyson , Chi McBride , Clarence Williams III , Richard Bradford

Director: Bill Duke

Genres: Crime drama

Distributor: Metro Goldwyn Mayer, United Artists

Hoodlum (1997)

Release Date: August 27th, 1997|2 hr. 10 min.

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  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Hoodlum is an overlong gangster movie, a bloated and often laughable attempt at an epic. show more

  • 75
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    The Sting-like ending with its crosses and double-crosses could have been better handled, but there are plenty of other payoffs in Hoodlum. [27Aug1995 Pg02.D] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Duke and his screenwriter, Chris Brancato, don't make Hoodlum into a violent action film, though it has its bloody shoot-outs, but into more of a character study. show more

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