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Once in the Life (2000)

Once in the life (of drug dealing and organized crime), can anyone get out? During a brief jail stay, two half-brothers, who have rarely seen each other while growing up, connect. One of ... See full summary »

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Tony
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Ruffhouse
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Freddie Nine Lives
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Chino (as Tiger Chen)
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Torch
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Sgt. Kneeley
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Mike Murphy
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Little Billy (as Tim White)
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Jackie
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Little Mikey
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Once in the life (of drug dealing and organized crime), can anyone get out? During a brief jail stay, two half-brothers, who have rarely seen each other while growing up, connect. One of them, called 20/20 Mike because he can sense people nearby, concocts a scheme in which the two of them will steal some dope from young couriers. The heist goes awry when Billy, the junkie brother, shoots the victims of the theft. The brothers hole up in an abandoned building, and 20/20 Mike seeks help from an old cell mate, Tony, whom he thinks is out of the life. It turns out that they have stolen Tony's dope, and Tony's boss wants the two thieves dead. Is there any way out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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You're either in, or you're gone.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for pervasive languge, strong violence and some drug content | See all certifications »
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27 October 2000 (USA)  »

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20/20 Target Criminale  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$28,358 (USA) (27 October 2000)

Gross:

$53,454 (USA) (10 November 2000)
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Laurence Fishburne's directorial debut. As of 2014, he has made no other directorial efforts besides this. See more »

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Very Poetic, Emotional, and Intense night time film
18 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you loved Deep Cover, you might like this film as well. Many of the poetic interludes Fishburne recites in Deep Cover are from the lyrical script of "Once In the Life," a screen adaptation of a play that Fishburne wrote. If you love Larry as much as I do, you'll love this film that is all Larry, all hot, and all fleshed out. Of course there is gun play and illicit substance use, this is a gangster movie of sorts, after all, but the script is beautiful and the story is touching, even a little on the chick flick side.

AMAZING film...dark, frightening, sexy, and exciting. If you ever sneaked out at night or hung out in a clubhouse, you'll get the proper impact of the cramped sets (metephorically echoing being trapped in the life). Full of clever foreshadowing and complex relationships, this film is tight..every sentiment mirrored in the set dressing and camera shots. GOOD WORK!


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