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  (in credits order)

Kerry Washington ... Niecy

Lonette McKee ... Elaine

Eugene Byrd ... Angelo
Barbara Montgomery ... France
Samantha Brown ... Camille

Sticky Fingaz ... Quik

Todd Williams ... Christian
Jacqui Parker ... Aunt Lily
Naheem Allah ... Uncle Michael
Susan Alger ... Shelly

Annette Miller ... Miss Kearns
Sean Conant ... Mac
Georgia Lyman ... Kira
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Matty Blake ... Police Officer
Bo Cleary ... Police officer

John Fiore ... Pearce
Leah Foster ... Girl at party

Pooch Hall ... Derek

George Michael Jones ... Security Guard at Kennedy's
Daniel Laurent ... Jamal
Braun Philip ... Dent
Manajhjanihe Royalle ... Lisa's Customer
Kathryn Woods ... Christian's Mother

Todd Brendan ... Jewelry Store Shopper (uncredited)

Alex Daunis ... Pickpocket Victim on Street (uncredited)
Jorge F. Lopes ... Untitled (uncredited)
M. Freeman Royalle ... Lisa's Customer (uncredited)

Directed by
DeMane Davis 
Khari Streeter 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
DeMane Davis  screenplay
DeMane Davis  story
Khari Streeter  story

Produced by
Mark Hankey .... producer
John Hart .... producer
Julian Iragorri .... executive producer
Robert Kessel .... producer
Cathy Konrad .... executive producer
James Mangold .... executive producer
Jeff Sharp .... producer
Jonathan Starch .... co-producer
Morton Swinsky .... executive producer (as Mort Swinsky)
Original Music by
Ryan Shore 
Cinematography by
David Phillips 
Film Editing by
Peter Barstis 
Lee Percy 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Billy Hopkins 
Suzanne Smith 
Production Design by
James Chinlund 
Art Direction by
Mark Lane-Davies 
Set Decoration by
Karen E. Weber  (as Karen Weber)
Costume Design by
Jacki Roach 
Makeup Department
Jerry DeCarlo .... hair department head
Joe Rossi .... special makeup effects artist
Emma C. Rotondi .... hair stylist
Production Management
Susan Lazarus .... post-production supervisor
Jamie H. Zelermyer .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dan Brillman .... second second assistant director
Alyson Latz .... second assistant director
Michael Lerman .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jeffrey Pratt Gordon .... property master
Marc Hassan .... art department assistant
Adam Roffman .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Craig Berkey .... sound effects editor
Timothy R. Boyce Jr. .... boom operator
Kelly Doran .... additional boom operator
G. John Garrett .... production sound mixer
Albert Gasser .... supervising adr & dialogue editor
Lewis Goldstein .... supervising sound editor
Ken Hahn .... sound re-recording mixer
Cate Montana .... first assistant sound editor
Jen Ralston .... sound effects editor (as Jennifer Ralston)
Paul Marini .... stunts
John Vincent Mason .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Woody Bell .... additional key grip
Melissa R. Donovan .... camera operator
Christian J. Hollyer .... camera loader
Brendan Keefe .... grip
Tim Metivier .... Steadicam operator
Chris Nickerson .... grip
Wayne Simpson .... gaffer
Darrell Temple .... key grip
Casting Department
Kevin Fennessy .... casting: Boston
Kevin Fennessy .... extras casting
Cindy Morton .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Aimee McCue .... key set costumer
Editorial Department
Misako Shimizu .... assistant editor
Anna van Someren .... assistant editor
Charles Herzfeld .... film lab coordinator (uncredited)
Location Management
Anna Dobkin .... assistant location manager
Karen Stark .... location manager
Music Department
Dan Evans Farkas .... music editor
James Flatto .... music editor
Ed Gerrard .... music supervisor
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor (as Sue Jacobs)
Jedd Katrancha .... assistant music supervisor
Jay Sweet .... music consultant (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Sue Smith .... artist driver
Other crew
Maria-Elena Biskinis .... office production assistant
Jason K. Corey .... production assistant
Larry Donahue .... chef
Ashaki 'Saki' Fenderson .... production coordinator
Laurie Gershon .... product placement/clearances
Andy Goldman .... title designer
Devan Linforth .... production assistant
Herb Polack .... production assistant
Amy Risley .... assistant production coordinator
Joe Smalley .... key set production assistant
Tess Smalley .... set production assistant (as Teresa Reilly)
Kevin Vargus .... office production assistant
Ben Woodard .... office production intern

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Rated R for language, some violence and drug content
85 min
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
lyrical, slick, tense and real, 29 January 2001
Author: feverdeang ( from new york

A popular hit at this years Sundance Film Fest, Lift showed how love and money, family and friends can become confused in the search for status. Niecy works at a ritzy department store which covers for her real job as a steal to order shoplifter. All her friends love her as long as she delivers the goods. Even her mother pressures her for extravagant presents. Her boyfriend smokes pot, dreams of being a rap producer and looks down on her shoplifting "business" while hypocritically Nicey looks down on him for smoking pot! When she has to join forces with a gang leader to lift an especially expensive gift for her mother the pressure and fate conspire and her world crumbles. Filmed in Boston with an almost completely African- American cast, Lift doesn't take the easy cliched way out, but explores the well drawn characters emotions and their limitations. A solid, well crafted drama.

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