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Always Outnumbered (1998)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama  |  21 March 1998 (USA)
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An ex-con moves to L.A. to find work and creates a disturbance by fighting for a position. More importantly he touches the lives of many of his neighbors including an older man dying of ... See full summary »

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A look at the life and struggles of ex-felon, Socrates Fortlow.

Stars: Laurence Fishburne
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Daniel Williams ...
Darryl
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Right Burke
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Iula Brown
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Halley Grimes
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Anton Crier
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Luvia
Bridgid Coulter ...
Corina M'Shalla
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Howard M'Shalla
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Blackbird Wills
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Pegus
Jamaal Carter ...
Phillip
John Toles-Bey ...
Stoney Wiley
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Winnie M'Shalla
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An ex-con moves to L.A. to find work and creates a disturbance by fighting for a position. More importantly he touches the lives of many of his neighbors including an older man dying of cancer, a young married couple whose husband is too proud to accept a lesser position which causes strife with his wife, and a young boy on the verge of getting in trouble with street gangs. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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In every man's soul hides a hero.

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Rated R for strong language, and some sexuality and violence | See all certifications »
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21 March 1998 (USA)  »

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Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned  »

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The cap that Socrates wears throughout the movie reads "90291", the zip code corresponding to the Los Angeles suburb of Venice (roughly 15 miles west of where this movie takes place). The M'Shalla family moves to Venice at the end of the movie after Howard gets a job offer there. See more »

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Play the Blues
Written by Byther Smith
Published by Happy Valley Music, BMI
Performed by Byther Smith
Courtesy of Rounder Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Timeless and classic; a hidden gem
2 June 2004 | by (Bowie, MD) – See all my reviews

I won't go into details of the storyline, as you can read that from other reviews. I will say that this is one of the best dramatic films I've seen that most haven't even heard of. It is a very moving story with many underlying plots that come together well and each stand out to be noticed. The acting was Grade A from everyone casted, the messages (and there were many) are relevant and stirring, and there just aren't enough good things to say about this film. I think that Larry Fishburne is one of our better black actors, I believe better than Denzel based on the variety of characters that Fishburne has played over the years, and this may have been his best work. His character and his acting is that strong in this film. If you've seen the movie "Pitch Black" with Vin Diesel (now that they've made a sequel 4 years later), you know that it was a slow, kind of boring movie, but Vin played his character Riddick with such coolness that his role made the flick. Fishburne does the same outstanding performance, but unlike Pitch Black, everything else about Outnumbered was strong in supporting the lead character. An excellent film that I would highly recommend.


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