• Hoodlum (1997)


Release Date: 1997

DVD Release Date: February 4th, 1998

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

Production Co: United Artists

Keywords: Office, Love, Emotional, Revenge, Friendship, Rivalry, 1930s, Friend, Quest, Girlfriend, Intense, Brash

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago 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

  • 75
    Susan WloszczynaUSA 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]

  • 75
    Barbara ShulgasserSan Francisco Examiner

    It is familiarly old-fashioned, complete with montages of newspaper clippings fluttering past and calendar days slipping by. The sets, costumes, old cars and general atmosphere all beautifully recall moviemaking of a bygone era. And for that, hats off to Duke. show more

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