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Always Outnumbered (1998)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 21 March 1998
In Los Angeles, the hot-tempered collector of cans Socrates "Socco" Fortlow is an ex-con that has served a long sentence for killing a man and a woman. Now he is trying to build a new life ... See full summary »

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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
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Corina M'Shalla
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Howard M'Shalla
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Wilfred
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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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In Los Angeles, the hot-tempered collector of cans Socrates "Socco" Fortlow is an ex-con that has served a long sentence for killing a man and a woman. Now he is trying to build a new life and find a job. However he is discriminated against his age, color and background. His only friend is Right Burke, who is dying of cancer. He also helps a young woman that is having problems with her husband. When Socco meets the boy Darryl, he finds that Darryl lives with a foster family that does not take care of him. Further, he has just witnessed the murder of another boy by a small-time criminal. Socco helps the boy to grow-up while helps Burke and tries to find work at a supermarket. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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 »

Quotes

Right Burke: [In narration] Socrates Fortlow. His mother named him Socrates because it was a wise man's name. She couldn't teach him how to write, but she could give him the name of someone smart.
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Soundtracks

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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24 July 2000 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

I came across this movie late one Sunday on HBO. I only got to see the last hour of it, but I was astounded by how moving it was. I tracked down the showtime and made time to watch it.

This film is about Laurence Fishburne ‘s attempt to find a place in the society that he left when he committed a terrible crime. There is a slight tinge of Black angst, but that isn't the main point. He could be any man, trying to find a new home and dealing with his past. It takes a long time before people come to accept Mr. Fortlow for what he is, a man in the true sense of the word.

He teaches us all a lesson in what it should be like to be a man. Be honest and true to yourself. Deal fairly with others. Do an honest day's work for an honest day's pay. Simple to say, hard to do when you are always outnumbered


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