Chronicles West Baltimore family living in poverty on the front lines of America's drug war.
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 Gary McCullough 6 episodes, 2000
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 Fran Boyd 6 episodes, 2000
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 DeAndre McCullough 6 episodes, 2000
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 Fat Curt 6 episodes, 2000
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 George 'Blue' Epps 6 episodes, 2000
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 Tyreeka Freamon 6 episodes, 2000
Maria Broom ...
 Bunchie Boyd 6 episodes, 2000
Sylvester Lee Kirk ...
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 Reporter 6 episodes, 2000
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 Drug Dealer 6 episodes, 2000
Larry Derr ...
 Street Dealer 2000 6 episodes, 2000
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 Ella Thompson 5 episodes, 2000
Delon Browne ...
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John Epps ...
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 Officer Bob Brown 5 episodes, 2000
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 Veronica 'Ronnie' Boice 4 episodes, 2000
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 Stevie Boyd 4 episodes, 2000
Bonita L. Cartwright ...
Robin Michelle McClamb ...
 Rita Hale 4 episodes, 2000
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Duane Chandler Rawlings ...
Derren Fuentes ...
 Officer Tucker 4 episodes, 2000
Fran Boyd ...
 Detox Clerk / ... 4 episodes, 2000
Clayton LeBouef ...
J. Valenteen Gregg ...
Ron Brice ...
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 Ricardo 'Cardy' McCullough 3 episodes, 2000
Robert Harley ...
Kathryn Kelley ...
 Adelaide 3 episodes, 2000
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Joe Laney ...
Terry Hamlin ...
 Bryan Mathis 3 episodes, 2000
E. Dawn Samuel ...
 Rose Davis 3 episodes, 2000
Rodney Scott ...
 Young DeAndre 3 episodes, 2000
Krystal Morris ...
 Officer Jenerette 3 episodes, 2000
Bobby J. Brown ...
 Officer Ira Weiner 3 episodes, 2000
Dennis Wilson ...
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Denise Diggs ...
Justin Omar Smith ...
 Little Stevie 2 episodes, 2000
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Eugene R. Little ...
 Gee Money 2 episodes, 2000
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Lorenzo Heard ...
Willette Thompson ...
 Antoinette 2 episodes, 2000
Mia Arnice Chambers ...
Jacqui Allen ...
 Mrs. Taylor 2 episodes, 2000
Chantia L. Thomas ...
 Shanelle 2 episodes, 2000
Denise Preddy ...
Donyelle Brown-Parish ...
 Wendy's Manager 2 episodes, 2000
Robert Crenshaw ...
 Fat Rick 2 episodes, 2000
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 A-rabber 2 episodes, 2000
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 Scale Guy 2 episodes, 2000
Courtlon Ward ...
 Foolish Dealer / ... 2 episodes, 2000
George 'Blue' Epps ...
 Shelter Worker / ... 2 episodes, 2000
Tyreeka Freamon ...
 Cashier / ... 2 episodes, 2000
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Chronicles West Baltimore family living in poverty on the front lines of America's drug war.

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On the front lines of America's drug war, one family is living in the crossfire.

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The Most Important Film of the Drug War
11 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

You want to force politicians and lawmakers to watch this film. You want high school kids considering drugs to watch this film. And you want to watch this film yourself, over and over, for the sheer drama of the story and for the tremendous performances by each and every person in it.

Equally poignant were the appearances by the people who weren't performers: at the end of the series, there's a brief meeting with the real individuals who were portrayed in the six episodes, along with a "five years later" update on what actually happened to other characters whose real-life counterparts didn't live long enough (or live free long enough) to participate in the on-camera reunion.

Dutton's direction is brilliant, presenting the cold facts of a deadly situation with great compassion as well as narrative force. Although not explicitly political and never preachy, the film makes the unpopular point that medical treatment backed up with intensive rehab works and pouring money into fruitless attempts at law enforcement doesn't.

This series is a great American tragedy and crime story combined, a fit companion to "The Godfather" and "Grapes of Wrath," combining the gritty crime story of the first with the deadly grind of verité poverty from the latter to produce an engrossing synecdoche of our culture at the end of the century.

This isn't an "inner city" movie -- this is about all of us. What Dutton shows us in the Baltimore ghetto happens in rural towns in the heartland, too. One small mistake leads to another until, all too soon and too often inevitably, the chances of a happy ending become very, very slim. A universal plot, as timeless and as touching as Shakespeare's finest.


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