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Hoodlum

POWER IS MEASURED IN ENEMIES.

hoodlumIn 1930s Harlem, gangster Ellsworth ‚ÄúBumpy‚ÄĚ Johnson (Laurence Fishburne) challenges the mighty Dutch Schultz (Tim Roth) over control of illegal gaming; the legendary Lucky Luciano (Andy Garcia) is drawn into the struggle. Director Bill Duke takes on a time-honored and thrilling genre, but comes up a little short. The montage sequences and intrigues between the hoodlums pump adrenaline into the picture, and Fishburne‚Äôs presence helps a lot, but the film is too long, uneven and ultimately familiar. Roth‚Äôs performance may be a bit over-the-top, but perhaps that‚Äôs what we need.

1997-U.S. 130 min. Color.¬†Directed by¬†Bill Duke.¬†Cast:¬†Laurence Fishburne (Ellsworth ‚ÄĚBumpy‚ÄĚ Johnson), Tim Roth (Dutch Schultz), Vanessa L. Williams (Francine Hughes), Andy Garcia (Lucky Luciano), Cicely Tyson, Chi McBride‚Ķ Loretta Devine, Queen Latifah.

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