Hoodlum
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The white-run Mafia and the black-run numbers game meet head on with explosive impact in this period crime thriller. Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson (Laurence Fishburne) is an African-American ex-con who, after a stay in prison, returns to Harlem at the height of its renaissance before World War II. Looking for work, Bumpy becomes a lieutenant for Stephanie St. Clair (Cicely Tyson), the queen of Harlem's numbers racket. Bumpy's old friend Illinois Gordon (Chi McBride) gently expresses his concern about Bumpy's life of crime, and social worker Francine Hughes (Vanessa L.… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

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"The Sting-like ending with its crosses and double-crosses could have been better handled, but there are plenty of other payoffs."
‑ , USA Today
"A collection of elements rather than a distinct story, the film takes what should have been a fresh perspective on the genre and paints by numbers."
‑ David Luty, Film Journal International
"This slow-going, talky film is in a constant struggle to hold the audience's interest."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"It contains nothing of any lingering interest. On the other hand, Laurence Fishburne may be the only man on the planet who makes that mustache look good."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
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