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Hi-Life (1998)

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Jimmy needs $900 to clear a gambling debt but a series of lies leads to Ray trying to raise the cash from friend's who owe him money.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Durning ...
Steve Gilger ...
Bar Patron
J. Tucker Smith ...
Adrien (as Tucker Smith)
Elizabeth Van Dyke ...
Christina Santiago ...
Twin #1


Jimmy has a gambling debt and uses a lie to get his girlfriend Susan to help him find $900. Susan uses another lie to get her bartender brother Ray to help, but Ray hates Jimmy. Ray wanders around the local bars collecting the money; Jimmy's looking for Ray and Susan's looking for Jimmy. If the wrong people meet, the lies will unravel. Written by Rob Hartill

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bar | debt | actor | abortion | christmas | See All (11) »


A romantic comedy for the romantically challenged.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

27 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Entrando na Maior Fria  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,773, 6 December 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,957, 20 December 1998
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the fight between Ray and Santa, Santa's hat is knocked off his head in the bar. When they continue the fight on the street Santa's hat reappears on the sidewalk. See more »


April: It's time to put your dick on the chopping block.
Ray: Good mouth!
April: I'm trying to be more colorful.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, the carolers from the movie sing a few Christmas carols at the camera, then wish a Merry Christmas. See more »


References Schindler's List (1993) See more »

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Nostalgic Bar Tour of Upper West Side
5 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

I loved the fact that the producers of Hi-Life used real Upper West Side locations in this film, including the Hi-Life itself. It tugged at the heartstrings of this former UWS resident, now exiled to Atlanta. The movie itself was tolerable -- mainly because Peter Riegert was in it. Can't have enough Peter Riegert in a movie, as far as I'm concerned. The rest of the cast was amiable, if not very energetic. The story -- which could have been quite clever, with various folks chasing the same $900 for a variety of unethical reasons -- floundered in the face of lackadaisical pacing and cramped, dark cinematography.

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