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Festivale online magazine, February, 1998
Hoodlum movie review
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The remarkable thing about this film is that there are no good guys. There are, instead, white bad guys encroaching upon the black neighbourhoods, which, presumably, should be preyed upon only by the black bad guys.

Tim Roth has a challenge on his hands, playing real-life criminal Dutch Schultz, previously played by Dustin Hoffman in Billy Bathgate. Hoodlum is yet another film "based on a true story".

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In this case, it is based on a crook who is something of a legend in Harlem although there are invented characters and incidents throughout.

The most important 'created' character is played by Vanessa Williams. She plays the most morally objectionable character in the film: the plain man's fantasy woman -- a beautiful, intelligent, principled, proud, bitch who rolls over when offered a nice necklace from a guy (any guy) in a great car. Sigh.

Hoodlum is pretty much your standard Hollywood mobster-shoot-'em-up. Go see it if that's your kind of thing.

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See also: credits and Terry's review

Vanessa Williams also appears in Soul Food

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