''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 (LaurenceFishburne), and the Jewish mafia, under the rule of Dutch Schultz (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.
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!!This film provides examples of:

* ALighterShadeOfGrey: For all the atrocities he commits, Bumpy is still more sympathetic than Dutch.
* AmoralAttorney: Thomas Dewey
* BerserkButton: Bumpy apparently really hates having almonds and fudge in his ice cream.
* 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: 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.
* {{Foil}}: Bumpy is erudite, educated and reserved. Dutch is unrefined, unsophisticated and [[HotBlooded emotional]].
* KosherNostra: Dutch & his associates.
* LargeHam: 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: ''AmericanGangster''
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Especially when it comes to who exactly was behind Dutch's death.
** Basically, there was a gangster in Harlem named Bumpy Johnson during TheRoaringTwenties and later, and he was involved in the numbers racket, but just about everything else in the movie is a load of bullfeathers. The real Bumpy Johnson worked for TheMafia.
* VillainProtagonist: Bumpy, although he starts out as an AntiHero.
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