Critics' Corner
Desson Howe - Weekend section, "It takes too long to complete itself."

Stephen Hunter - Style section, "It tries too hard and ends up feeling spotty rather than deep."


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'Hoodlum'

Scene from this movie "Hoodlum" tells the story of Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson (Laurence Fishburne), an erudite gangster who in the mid-'30s bloodily fought the Dutch Schultz (Tim Roth) gang to a standstill in the battle over the Harlem numbers racket.

Like any skillful politician, Bumpy realizes that the ultimate salvation of his fortune and mission is in achieving alliances. Thus he negotiates with Lucky Luciano (Andy Garcia) as a way of setting Dutch up, so that, in the end, it's Lucky who must deal with the Dutchman, not Bumpy or any pals. -- Stephen Hunter
Rated R


Director: Bill Duke
Cast: Andy Garcia; Laurence Fishburne; Tim Roth; William Atherton; Jamie Kennedy; Chi McBride; Clarence Williams III; Vanessa Williams
Running Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
Filmographies: Laurence Fishburne; Andy Garcia;
Tim Roth; Vanessa Williams