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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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Cast

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Tony
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Ruffhouse
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Buddha
Dominic Chianese Jr. ...
Freddie Nine Lives
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Chino (as Tiger Chen)
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Manny Rivera
Andres Titus ...
Hector (as Andres 'Dres' Titus)
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Torch
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Cab Driver
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Sgt. Kneeley
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Mike Murphy
Timothy W. White ...
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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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) (29 October 2000)

Gross:

$53,454 (USA) (12 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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Referenced in Misfire: The Rise and Fall of the Shooting Gallery (2013) See more »

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Once a thief....
27 December 2003 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

Three scumbags get their just deserts after wasting their lives in greed, drugs, ego, and bad attitudes. Interesting and well done; this style of film always makes me wonder where reality leaves off and imagination takes over. Even though these folks were the scum of the earth I still found myself pitying them. They never really stood much of a chance.


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