In 1930 New York, black gangs battle the Italian mob for control of the Harlem numbers racket in this gangland epic based on actual events. Laurence Fishburne portrays Harlem boss Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson (the same character he played in The Cotton Club 13 years earlier); Tim Roth is Dutch Schultz; and Andy Garcia is Lucky Luciano. Although set in New York, Hoodlum was filmed in Chicago because its buildings resemble those from 1930s Harlem.



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