Hoodlum (1997) - Crime, Drama

Hohum Score



Black gangsters in 1930 Harlem fights Dutch Schultz who is trying to horn in on their numbers racket.

IMDB: 6.3
Director: Bill Duke
Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Tim Roth
Length: 130 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 6 out of 58 found boring (10.34%)

One-line Reviews (38)

Predictable, but entertaining .

Engaging dialogue.

The story holds no surprises and it's nothing new, however it is entertaining enough stuff if a little too long for it's own good.

And Laurence Fishburne was also engaging in the lead role.

Beyond the richness of its issues, the film is also very entertaining.

Thugs and mob bosses, godfathers and goombahs, the stereotypes are always brought together mixing fact and fiction to tell a compelling story.

Guilty of repetitive speech making and some over acting, the Movie waivers between High Camp and a serious Character Study.

Personally, however, I have several gripes with this movie:The irritatingly predictable script and much too clean-polished setting seem to come straight out of a "screenwriting-for-housewives" class.

Riveting film about gang wars and race relations in 1930s New York, with Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson (Laurence Fishburne) at the center.

Roth is unbelievable in this role, capturing the essence of this psychopathic gangster with a performance so real it practically burns down the screen, especially in a death scene that blows away every other slow death scene in any other gangster movie.

Fair acting, reasonable story, quite enjoyable .

Overall it's entertaining, although could have easily been 30 minutes shorter.

Also in on the show is Andy Garcia as Charles 'Lucky' Luciano who is as unpredictable as you can be.

It was an exceptional movie and worth the watch.

Anyway, a flat drawn out story, and choppy direction didn't help this movie in the least bit.

Tim Roth is Dutch Schultz and while Schultz had a reputation for being a character, Roth went a little over the top with it, but was still very entertaining.

And that Bumpy Johnson, at the end of the film, finds Gawd and turns away from the evil gangster life is a) predictable and b) idiotic.

Probably one of the reasons I give this film the rating one sees is because I feel it tells a fascinating piece of history from a different perspective than with conventional Hollywood techniques.

An entertaining gangster picture with a great cast.

The film is entertaining and will not disappoint fans of the genre, or of Mr. Duke.

Action packed plot with plenty of twists and turns.

Long and action-packed, but hyped-up and confusing .

The romantic scenes and musical interludes are much too long and boring; the violent scenes too short and clean.

But considering they're both Hollywood version, both I assume are way off the mark, as entertaining as the movies may be.

worth watching though it still seems to be lacking .

They should have made the showdowns more exciting and difficult.

I checked out the story from watching the movie on Sunday and what I can say that yes there were several factual occurrences that took place during that time, however Hoodlum ends up turning its-self into some sort action flick rather than a factual account of what really happened, having said that it is still a very entertaining movie to watch and has some good performances as well as well made action scenes.

Francine bails out on him more out of the formulaic dictates of the story than for any motivated reason.

I am quite proud of the production and highly recommend it become part of your movie collection.

As a film it's not the best, but it's worth watching just for the amazing story that is being told.

The action-packed first half is more entertaining than the tedious, long-winded second half.

This movie had fast paced action.

The pace is ponderous.

Hoodlum is a wild ride about an incredible true story, but as a film, it was a mix of terrific scenes and some slower unnecessary elements.

There are a lot of gunfights and bloodshed and quite a few of the main characters die, and the plot is semi-predictable and confusing.

A lukewarm introduction to intriguing characters .

The charecter's are engaging,the storytelling is praiseable,and ,for those who care about that sort of thing ,the film is relatively bloodthirsty when it needs to be.

Overlong but riveting, highly visceral mob movie with a difference, as it shows the rise to prominence of "Bumpy" Johnson (Laurence Fishburne).