Hoodlum

This period gangster picture attempts to do for 1930s Harlem and real-life numbers impresario Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson (Laurence Fishburne) what the GODFATHER trilogy did for the Mafia, but director Bill Duke undermines it at every turn, shifting tone from morality tale to comedy to straight-out action. Newly released from Sing Sing, Bumpy heads right...read more

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01:32 — In the 1930s, two gangs fought for control of illegal gaming in the Big Apple. One was headed by the black godfather Bumpy Johnson, the other by the i (more…)

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: R
  • Review: This period gangster picture attempts to do for 1930s Harlem and real-life numbers impresario Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson (Laurence Fishburne) what the GODFATHER trilogy did for the Mafia, but director Bill Duke undermines it at every turn, shifting tone fr… (more)

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