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  • Actors: Laurence Fishburne, Tim Roth, Vanessa Williams, Andy Garcia, Cicely Tyson
  • Directors: Bill Duke
  • Writers: Chris Brancato
  • Producers: Laurence Fishburne, Bill Duke, Chris Brancato, Frank Mancuso Jr., Helen Sugland
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar. 2001
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059L82
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,089 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The underworld of 1930s New York erupts into civil war when vicious gang boss Dutch Schultz (Tim Roth) attempts to muscle in on the Harlem numbers racket, run by Bumpy Johnson (Laurence Fishburne). As Johnson's empire comes under threat and his personal life is shattered, he makes a desperate last bid to retain power - by brokering a deal with one of the most infamous hoods in the business - Lucky Luciano (Andy Garcia).

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Hoodlum, Bill Duke's interesting but flawed blaxploitation take on the classic gangster movie, usefully redresses a balance. It is all too easy to see the criminal underworld of the 1920s as an all-white affair, in which Harlem is an exotic locale where occasionally white gangsters patronise the black performers of the Cotton Club, from which black audiences were specifically barred. Yet one of the principal sources of illegal revenue was the numbers racket in Harlem--gambling on stock market closing figures--revenue on which the likes of Dutch Schultz and Lucky Luciano were keen to lay their hands. Lawrence Fishburne is an impressive "Bumpy" Johnson, the street enforcer turned strategist for the matriarchal Queen (Cicely Tyson), gradually learning a ruthlessness that forfeits him the love of a good woman, Francine (Vanessa Williams). Tim Roth as Schultz and Andy Garcia as Luciano are essentially melodramatic turns--the foul-mouthed punk and the reptilian smoothy--and both turn in enjoyably full-blooded unsubtle performances. --Roz Kaveney

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Thompson on 29 May 2010
Format: DVD
A bio-pic of Bumpy Johnson one of the first African-American gangsters in the 30's. Laurence Fishburne gives a measured performance as the title character in his struggle against Dutch Schultz who is brilliantly portrayed by the British actor Tim Roth. Also Andy Garcia gives a superbly accurate performance as mobster Lucky Luciano.

The sets ,props etc are evocative of the time is the ethos of 30's Harlem where the only way to get above the poverty line is to win at "Numbers", the movie is about the bitter conflicts involved in controlling that particular racket.

Oddly only Tim Roth swears during the movie perhaps for shock effect but it does add authenticity to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Hussein on 20 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
I really enjoyed this film. As far as crime dramas go it is up there with The Godfather to me. Laurence Fishburne was great in his role as Bumpy Johnson. Tim Roth gave a great performance also.

The film did a great job portraying the inner turmoil of people. Also it did a great job at showing the racist attitudes of the times. Example: Dutch asking his main guy, who is black to wrap up his (shultz) sandwich scraps so that he (the black guy) could take them home to feed his grandkids. Classic subtle racism.

The clothes and the music were also good for the period. One scene was even shot at the cotton club which no movie during this period is complete without.

Great Job! Great Film!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sammy soft on 14 July 2012
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I enjoyed the film on it's enterntainment value.Plenty of action and story line.Whether the film is historically accurate or not,I don't know?Didn't matter to me,I've watched it time and time again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IrishWiseguy on 15 Dec. 2011
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got a say enjoyed this movie,action packed start to finish,portray's a great view into the mob conflict in 1930's New Yorks Harlem,based on true story Lawrence Fishburne is amazing with a great portrayel of Bumpy Johnson,a lot of thought put into this movie definitely two thumbs up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geordie70 on 30 July 2013
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I really did enjoy this film from beginning to end.Great story, first class acting (especially from the three main actors) and plenty of action. I recommend this film highly.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Dec. 2001
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Truly great movie. This film covers an area no other movie has covered. It starts out with Bumpy(fishburne) getting out of sing sing. Then shows how he took over the harlem numbers racket.
I recomend this to every gangster movie fan.
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Solid gangster story based on real characters, filmed mostly in cellar vision, (maybe they will do a remake in daylight?) Well portrayed, but sometimes truth is not quite so enthralling. Sorry, but not in Godfather category. Good effort though.
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By a miller on 30 Aug. 2015
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Starts off a bit slow but still a great film towards to the end
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