Hoodlum
- Laurence Fishburne

Overview - HOODLUM stars Laurence Fishburne in a powerful performance as Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson, the notorious Harlem gangster of the 1930s. Director Bill Duke mixes a sumptuous visual style with a message of black empowerment. Bumpy gets out of prison and goes to work for the Harlem numbers powerhouse known as Madam Queen (Cicely Tyson), bringing him into conflict with the psychopathic Dutch Schultz (Tim Roth), who is trying to take over the numbers racket in Harlem.  Read more...

 
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Overview

HOODLUM stars Laurence Fishburne in a powerful performance as Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson, the notorious Harlem gangster of the 1930s. Director Bill Duke mixes a sumptuous visual style with a message of black empowerment. Bumpy gets out of prison and goes to work for the Harlem numbers powerhouse known as Madam Queen (Cicely Tyson), bringing him into conflict with the psychopathic Dutch Schultz (Tim Roth), who is trying to take over the numbers racket in Harlem. As the blood flows through Harlem streets, those around Bumpy begin to question his methods-- and his morals.

Cast List

Charles C. Bennett - Production Designer, Art Director, began in late '70s
Charles Bennett - Production Designer, Art Director, began in late '70s
Paul Eckstein
Chi McBride - Television actor, PUSHING DAISIES
Beau Starr - Actor/"Halloween 5"
Mike Starr - Supporting Actor
William Atherton - American Actor
Chris Brancato
Laurence Fishburne - American Actor, BOYZ N THE HOOD (1991), THE MATRIX (1999)
Larry Fishburne - American Actor, BOYZ N THE HOOD (1991), THE MATRIX (1999)
Laurence Fishburne III - American Actor, BOYZ N THE HOOD (1991), THE MATRIX (1999)
Andy Garcia - Hispanic Actor, THE GODFATHER PART III (1990)
Richard Bradford - American Actor
Ed O'Ross
Joe Guzaldo - Actor
Queen Latifah - American rapper/actress
Queen Latifah - American rapper/actress
Dana Owens - American rapper/actress
Elmer Bernstein - Composer, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)
Bill Duke - American Actor/Director
Vanessa Williams - American Singer/Miss America/Actress, ERASER (1996)
Vanessa L. Williams - American Singer/Miss America/Actress, ERASER (1996)
Paul Benjamin - Actor
Clarence Williams III - Star, Film and TV (Mod Squad), late '60s-present
Harry Keramidas - Editor
Bill Brown - Sound Effects Editor, mostly television, began in the '90s
Helen Sugland
Frank Mancuso Jr. - Producer, NEW BEST FRIEND (2002)
Bill Johnson - Special Makeup Effects, Special Effects, Makeup
Tim Roth - British Actor
Loretta Devine - Actress
Cicely Tyson - American Actress
Richard Bruno
Frank Tidy

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 130
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 887090123419
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: July 2016

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Action
Rivalry
Organized Crime
Race Relations
True Story
Social Issues
Poverty
Nostalgic
Theatrical Release
Crime

 
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Synopsis:
Bill Duke's HOODLUM, with its rich visuals, brutal violence, and moral probing, pays homage to THE GODFATHER and other classic gangster films while exploring the nature of black empowerment as it relates to criminality. The film is Duke's second collaboration with Laurence Fishburne, and as with DEEP COVER, Fishburne delivers a compelling performance. He plays Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson, the legendary Harlem gangster of the 1930s who fought Dutch Schultz for control of the numbers racket. Tim Roth is hilariously grotesque as Schultz, a villain whose foul mouth sets a new cinematic standard. Duke gets strong performances from Andy Garcia as Lucky Luciano and Chi McBride as Bumpy's right-hand man, Illinois. Vanessa Williams plays Francine, a social activist who loves Bumpy but can't understand the violent path he's chosen. Bumpy, a surprisingly civic-minded criminal, goes to war with Schultz to protect Harlem from the interloper, but as the body count mounts in the community he's trying to protect, he ends up losing the support of those closest to him. The film's uneasy mix of mayhem and humor makes for compelling viewing, and the moral questions it raises about black empowerment and criminality only add to the intrigue.

Notes:
Annotation by Josh Ralske.

Reviews:
"...Charging the action is an electric three-prong attack: Laurence Fishburne as magnetic Johnson, Tim Roth as a wonderfully no-class Schultz and Andy Garcia as a cool and cocky Luciano..." -- 3 out of 4 stars - 08/27/1997 USA Today, p.2D


"...Mr. Fishburne is as coolly ruthless as Al Pacino's Michael Corleone in THE GODFATHER....Ms. Tyson is also memorable..." - 08/27/1997 New York Times, p.C16


"...This is Duke's most accomplished job of direction yet. He gets a juicy performance out of Tim Roth..." - 09/05/1997 Entertainment Weekly, p.51


"...Duke has made a historical drama as much as a thriller..." - 08/27/1997 Chicago Sun-Times, p.51

 
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