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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Williams ...
Right Burke
Iula Brown
Halley Grimes
Anton Crier
Bridgid Coulter ...
Corina M'Shalla
Howard M'Shalla
Blackbird Wills
Jamaal Carter ...
John Toles-Bey ...
Stoney Wiley
Winnie M'Shalla


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 <>

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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 »




Release Date:

21 March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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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Simply Brilliant
5 September 2004 | by (the denver area) – See all my reviews

A beautiful piece of cinema - don't be put off by the fact that it's listed as a television production - it has more heart and soul and craftsmanship than any fifty contemporary Hollywood films. Fishburne's portrayal of this very intricate character is one of the great male screen performances of his generation. I'll confess that I had more than a few tears rolling down my cheeks at the end of the film. Once again ignoring exceptional small-scale work, the Academy Awards and movie media in general proved themselves to be so much debilitating, meaningless, commercial rubbish by ignoring it. Resist the dumbing down of America and support films like this and, for example, "The Station Agent."

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