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Life (I) (1999)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  16 April 1999 (USA)
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The story of two criminals (Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence) who discover the value of life after being sentenced to life imprisonment.

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In the mid-1990s, two inmates bury the burned bodies of two lifers at Mississippi's infamous Parchman Farm; a third old-timer relates their story. They'd served 65 years for a murder they didn't commit, framed by a local sheriff while buying moonshine whiskey for a Manhattan club owner to whom they owed money. In flashbacks we see this odd couple thrown together (Ray is a fast-talking con man, and Claude is a serious man about to start work as a bank teller), the loss of Ray's watch (sterling silver, from his daddy), the murder and trial, the hardships of Parchman, and the love-hate relationship of Claude and Ray as they spend 65 years bickering and looking for a way to escape. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for strong language and a shooting | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

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£367,806 (UK) (27 August 1999)

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£1,266,689 (UK) (17 September 1999)
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Trivia

Spanky's (Rick James) limp was not acting. The scene was shot after Rick James underwent hip replacement surgery. See more »

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About halfway through the film, the prisoners are watching a newsreel about World War II. After that, Can't Get Right arrives, and is scouted by a scout from the Pittsburgh Crawfords. The team existed from 1930-1938, three years before the US entered World War II. See more »

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Sergeant Dillard: [Claude won't dig, and complains that it's too hot] You tell that lazy jigaboo the State of Mississippi ain't interested in his meteorological assessments!
Hoppin' Bob: Listen up, jigaboo! State of Mississippi ain't interested in your, your, uh-"metacological assessments"!
Sergeant Dillard: You tell him the State of Mississippi is only interested in getting this here ditch cleared by sundown.
Hoppin' Bob: State of Mississippi wants this here ditch cleared by sundown. You got that, boy?!
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Stimulate Me
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One of Eddie Murphy's best films.
22 March 2000 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

If you're not a fan of Eddie Murphy's humor, then skip this one.

The movie begins in modern times, 1997, with the main characters' funerals. The movie then flashes back to 1932 to begin telling their story, and continues as they age in prison in Mississippi.

They were "petty criminals" but were sentenced to life in prison for a murder they did not commit. However, being black in 1930s Mississippi did them no favors. The story that unfolds is irreverent and funny and has enough twists along the way to keep things very interesting.

I can't understand why the average rating of this movie is below "6". I give it "8" of "10" for its overall entertainment value, plus a few "life's little lessons" thrown in. I think it is one of Eddie Murphy's best movies.


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