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You're either in, or you're gone.
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Once in the life (of drug dealing and organized crime), can anyone get out? During a brief jail stay... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Eamonn Walker ... Tony

Gregory Hines ... Ruffhouse

Michael Paul Chan ... Buddha
Dominic Chianese Jr. ... Freddie Nine Lives

Tiger Hu Chen ... Chino (as Tiger Chen)

Paul Calderon ... Manny Rivera
Andres Titus ... Hector (as Andres 'Dres' Titus)

Titus Welliver ... Torch

Laurence Fishburne ... 20 / 20 Mike
Harsh Nayyar ... Cab Driver

Sue Costello ... Sgt. Kneeley

Nick Chinlund ... Mike Murphy
Timothy W. White ... Little Billy (as Tim White)

Wanda De Jesus ... Jackie

Justin Pierre Edmund ... Little Mikey

Jim Breuer ... Pizzaman

Annabella Sciorra ... Maxine
Huey Morgan ... Carlos

Madison Riley ... Precious
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alan Francis ... Strip Club Patron (uncredited)
Eric Van Alstyne ... Plainsclothes Cop (uncredited)
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Directed by
Laurence Fishburne 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Laurence Fishburne  play "Riff Raff"
Laurence Fishburne  screenplay

Produced by
Keith Abell .... associate producer
Ray Angelic .... line producer
David L. Bushell .... producer (as David Bushell)
Steve Carlis .... executive producer
Donald C. Carter .... executive producer
The DaPuzzo Family .... associate producer
Peter T. DaPuzzo .... associate producer
Joseph J. DiMartino .... associate producer
Laurence Fishburne .... producer
C.J. Follini .... co-producer
Larry Meistrich .... executive producer
Helen Sugland .... producer
 
Original Music by
Branford Marsalis 
 
Cinematography by
Richard Turner (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bill Pankow 
 
Casting by
Bonnie Timmermann 
 
Production Design by
Charley Beal 
 
Art Direction by
Diann Duthie 
 
Set Decoration by
Paul Cheponis 
Jordan West 
 
Costume Design by
Darryle Johnson 
 
Makeup Department
Evelyne Noraz .... additional makeup artist
Deborah Taylor .... key makeup artist
Kenneth Walker .... key hair stylist (as Ken Walker)
Taurance F. Williams .... additional hair stylist (as Taurance Williams)
 
Production Management
Jamey Pryde .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Paul Clark .... first assistant director
Pilar Savone .... second assistant director
Peter Thorell .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Bob Arietta .... scenic painter
Alison Benson .... shop assistant
Pamela Berkeley .... camera scenic artist
James Bokor Sr. .... construction grip
Keith Bokor .... construction grip
Chris DesMarais .... property master
Bruce Eric Dunkins .... art department assistant
Gail Fuller .... camera scenic artist
Marcial Garlitos .... shop craftsman
Kenneth Hammer .... construction coordinator (as Ken Hammer)
Robert Keller .... shop craftsman
John Krause .... construction grip
Frank Love .... shop craftsman
Michael Murphy .... leadman
Janine Pesce .... assistant property master
Mark Sexton .... storyboard artist
Rodney Sterbenz .... on-set dresser
Peter Vietro-Hannum .... construction grip (as Peter Vietro-Hanun)
 
Sound Department
Thomas Brandau .... sound mixer (as Tom Brandau)
David Briggs .... assistant sound editor
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist
Eric A. Christoffersen .... consultant: dolby sound
Mik Cribben .... boom operator
Patrick Dundas .... foley recordist
Harriet Fidlow .... adr editor
Matthew Fleece .... adr engineer (as Matt Fleece)
Brian Langman .... foley editor
Marc Laub .... dialogue editor
Terrance Laudermilch .... sound recordist (as terence Laudermilch)
Hal Levinsohn .... adr editor
Nadine Finzi Maybruck .... assistant sound editor
Eric McAllister .... assistant sound editor
Branka Mrkic .... adr editor
David Novack .... adr engineer
Patricia Nuñez .... assistant sound editor (as Patricia Nunez)
Giancarlo Petroni .... sound re-recording mixer
Jacob Ribicoff .... dialogue editor
Ahmad Shirazi .... supervising sound editor
Michael Shore .... dialogue editor
Stuart Stanley .... supervising sound editor
Peter Waggoner .... sound re-recording mixer
Amy Waldron .... assistant sound editor
 
Stunts
Brian Smyj .... stunt coordinator
Jalil Jay Lynch .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jared Abrams .... camera loader
Rico Omega Alston .... video assist operator (as Rico Aston)
Alan Blagg .... grip
Hugo Bonilla .... grip
Dave Bryant .... dolly grip
Leroy Chen .... camera loader
Angelo Cicero .... electrician
Stephen Consentino .... Steadicam operator: Washington D.C. (as Steve Consentino)
Sean P. Crawford .... camera intern
Chris Drechsler .... electrician (as Chris Dreschler)
Jason Elfe .... grip
George Harrington .... best boy electric
Pedro Hernández .... key grip (as Pedro Hernandez)
Sarosh Hussain .... second assistant camera (as Sarosh Hussein)
Gary Kahan .... electrician
James Keady .... electrician
Dan Kinsley .... electrician
Francis Leach .... best boy grip
Bill LeClair .... grip
Deborah Lipman .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Serge Mihajlov .... shop electrician (as Sergei Mihajlov)
Gene Page .... still photographer
Darren Ryan .... 24 frame video operator
Abe Schrager .... camera operator: "a" camera
Donald W. Schreck .... gaffer
Jonas Steadman .... first assistant camera: a
Hector Toledo .... grip
David S. Tuttman .... camera operator: "b" camera (as David Tuttman)
Edward Williams .... grip
Aurelia Winborn .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
 
Casting Department
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting
Liz Giles .... casting intern
Stephen Vincent .... casting assistant (as Steve Vincent)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Corbo .... assistant wardrobe supervisor
Deirdra Elizabeth Govan .... wardrobe supervisor (as Deirdra Govan)
Asiel Kneeland .... wardrobe intern
Kim Wilcox .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Elwaldo Baptiste .... post-production intern
Patricia Bowers .... assistant editor
Nick Dibeneditto .... negative cutter (as Nick Di Beneditto)
Fred Heid .... color timer
Christopher Kenneally .... post-production coordinator
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor
Byron Wong .... apprentice editor
Paul Leonardo Jr. .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Andrew Weisblum .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Rocky Bryant .... musician: drums
Joey Calderazzo .... musician: piano
Phil Carson .... executive in charge of music: TSR Records
Barry Cole .... music supervisor
Christopher Covert .... music supervisor
Dave Fiuczynski .... musician: guitar
James Flatto .... music editor (as Jim Flatto)
Rob Hunter .... score recording engineer
Branford Marsalis .... conductor
Branford Marsalis .... music programmer
Branford Marsalis .... musician: soprano saxophone
Branford Marsalis .... orchestrator
Gillian Morris .... assistant music supervisor
Eric Reevis .... musician: bass
 
Transportation Department
William Beggi .... driver
Thomas Cassella .... driver
James Charleston .... driver
Thomas Claffey .... driver
John Collins .... driver
Michael Cusik .... driver (as Michael Cusick)
Peter DiDomenico .... driver (as Peter DiDomencio)
William Dosch .... driver
George Holtzer .... driver
Michael Kennedy .... driver
Elias Langguth .... driver
Larry 'Reg Dunlop' McGee .... transportation co-captain
Brett Michael .... driver
Timothy P. Slevin .... driver (as Timothy Slevin)
Kenneth Swanson .... driver
Billy Weissler .... driver
Tom Weissler .... transportation captain (as Tommy Weissler)
 
Other crew
J. Alberto .... adr loop group
James Block .... post-production accountant: East Coast Post
Eva Z. Cabrera .... script supervisor
Jose M. Cabrera .... key set production assistant
Rafael Cabrera .... adr loop group
Blanca Camacho .... adr loop group
Jamie Cohen .... product placement and clearances: Gun For Hire Resources
Gilbert Cruz .... adr loop group
Lisa Diamond .... post-production accountant: East Coast Post
Brian Dorsey .... craft service
Erika Elizondo .... set production assistant: second unit
Gary B. Encarnacion .... set production assistant: second unit
Marjorie Ergas .... production secretary
Gennadiy Feldman .... set production assistant
Lemuel Fishburne .... set production assistant
Lateefah Fleming .... assistant: Mr. Sugland, New York
Rachel Fox .... legal services
David 'Skip' Glew .... set production assistant
Craig Anthony Grant .... stand-in
Susan Hartmann .... assistant: Mr. Bushell
Mark Anthony Henry .... adr loop group
Sandra Hodge .... assistant: Mr. Fishburne
Charlynne J. Hopson .... assistant location manager (as Charlynne Hopson)
Jon M. Johnson .... parking coordinator (as Jon Johnson)
Audrey Kendrick .... assistant: Mr. Sugland, Los Angeles
David Kramer .... adr loop group coordinator
David H. Kramer .... adr loop group
Christine LaMonte .... unit publicist: Rogers & Cowan
Peter Leitner .... stand-in
Patrick Lievano .... location assistant
Kim Ann Mahoney .... additional location assistant (as Kim Mahoney)
Alan Nierob .... unit publicist: Rogers & Cowan
Robert Ortiz .... production coordinator (as Rob Ortiz)
'Lee' George Quinones .... title designer (as Lee Quinones)
Santiago Quinones .... location manager
Sandy Rice .... unit publicist: Rogers & Cowan
Che Roacher .... office production assistant (as Ché Roacher)
Phil Rodowsky .... dialogue: continuity and spotting script: On-Core Productions
Todd Rodowsky .... dialogue: continuity and spotting script: On-Core Productions
Christopher I. Russell .... production auditor
Mark Silver .... unit publicist: Rogers & Cowan
Jae Stein-Grainger .... assistant production auditor
Darren Toon .... set production assistant
Nichelle 'Nikki' Walker .... office production assistant
Joseph Keideth .... security: Mr. Fishburne (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Roscoe Lee Browne .... thanks
Austin Pendleton .... thanks
Lynne Thigpen .... thanks (as Lynn Thigpen)
 

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Rated R for pervasive languge, strong violence and some drug content
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107 min | Germany:104 min
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Pretty good, but a little choppy, 27 March 2004
Author: megadoomer from Iowa, US

I caught this movie on IFC and I enjoyed it, although I felt like the editing job was a little rough, though it may have been deliberate. I had a little bit of a hard time figuring out what was going on at first because they seemed to be going for a little bit of a Pulp Fiction-style non-linear plot presentation. It seemed a little forced, though. I certainly think that the movie is worth watching, but I think it could have used a little cleaning up. Some scenes just don't seem to make sense after others.

I'm surprised to see the rating here as low as it is. It's not outstanding, but it doesn't have any really serious problems. I gave it a 7/10. The movie did show at least that Laurence Fishburne can act when he wants to. They must have just told him not to in the Matrix movies.

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