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Hoodlum (film)

Hoodlum is a 1997 crime film that gives a partially fictional account of the gang war between the Italian/Jewish mafia alliance and the black gangsters of Harlem that took place in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The film concentrated on the illegal activities lives of Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson (Laurence Fishburne), Dutch Schultz (Tim Roth), and Lucky Luciano (Andy Garcia).

The film is notable in that it casts Johnson as the ring leader in the death of Schultz, influencing Luciano into committing the crime himself. The accepted viewpoint is quite different: Schultz is believed to have been killed by Murder Inc, a group which is only tangentially related to Luciano, due to his threats towards then crusading District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey. Johnson, who freely cooperated with Schultz following his takeover, is not known to have had a hand in his death. While the film also shows Dewey accepting payoffs from the mob, there is no evidence for this, historical or hearsay. Hoodlum is followed by Ridley Scott's film American Gangster, which continues the life story of gangster Bumpy Johnson, mainly focusing on the man who eventually took over his operation, Frank Lucas.


Actor Character
Laurence Fishburne Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson
Tim Roth Dutch Schultz
Vanessa L. Williams Francine Hughes
Andy Garcia Charles "Lucky" Luciano
Cicely Tyson Stephanie St. Clair/Madam Queen
Chi McBride Illinois Gordon
Clarence Williams III Bub Hewlett
Richard Bradford Captain Foley
William Atherton Thomas E. Dewey
Loretta Devine Pigfoot Mary
Queen Latifah Sulie
Mike Starr Albert Salke
Beau Starr Jules Salke
Paul Benjamin Whispers

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