''Hoodlum'' is a 1997 American movie about the [[BigApplesauce NYC]] {{Gangsterland}} during TheGreatDepression, the numbers racket in Harlem and the subsequent gang wars for control over it. The main conflict is between the black mob, led by Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson (Creator/LaurenceFishburne), and the Jewish mafia, under the rule of Dutch Schultz (Creator/TimRoth). There are also the Italians, headed by Lucky Luciano (Andy Garcia), but they apparently try to play neutral and keep out of the battles over the numbers racket.
!!This film provides examples of:

* ALighterShadeOfGrey: For all the atrocities he commits, Bumpy is still more sympathetic than Dutch.
* AmoralAttorney: Thomas Dewey
* ArtisticLicenseSports: A scene is introduced with the title card "December 1934" and then shows Dutch Schultz listening to a Yankees game in his office.
* BerserkButton: Bumpy apparently really hates having almonds and fudge in his ice cream.
* BittersweetEnding/DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Bumpy tricks Lucky into killing Dutch for him and becomes the undisputed mob king of Harlem in the process, but has lost his best friend, his girlfriend and much of his humanity along the way.]]
* TheChessmaster: "Bumpy" Johnson. It is even shown explicitly, when he plays chess (being the black side, of course) and [[{{Foreshadowing}} knocks over the white king]].
* ChessMotifs: See above.
* CorruptCop
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: Dutch Schultz. Despite getting shot in a men's room by a ridiculously disposable [[{{Mooks}} henchman]], he takes it in a calm manner, silences his killer with a look full of contempt and uses whatever life is left in him to walk to a restaurant table to avoid dying near a urinal. Of note is the fact he is shot for a third time when he initially attempts this but pushes on despite it, his assassin being too shocked to follow up anymore.]]
* {{Foil}}: Bumpy is erudite, educated and reserved. Dutch is unrefined, unsophisticated and [[HotBlooded emotional]].
* KosherNostra: Dutch & his associates.
* LargeHam: Creator/TimRoth as Dutch Schultz.
* NayTheist:
-->'''Bumpy Johnson''': The good Lord and I have an arrangement. I don't go into his house. He doesn't come into mine.
* NobodyPoops: averted. Schultz gets shot at a urinal, right after taking a piss.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "YOU DON'T. WRITE. A GODDAMN THING. IN HARLEM!!!"
* SpinningPaper
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Film/AmericanGangster''
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Besides the fact that the characters were real people, almost nothing is based on fact.
* VillainProtagonist: Bumpy, although he starts out as an AntiHero.