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Never Die Alone (2004)

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A drug kingpin's return home touches off a turf war.

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King David
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Michael
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Ella
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Man in Apartment
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Paul
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Red
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A film noir centering around a hard-boiled, stylish kingpin drug dealer, called King David, who returns to his hometown seeking redemption--but ends up only finding violent death. King David's final moments are spent with Paul, an aspiring journalist who knew him for just a few minutes; yet King David would forever more have an impact on Paul's life. Half preacher, half Satan, and all street smarts, King David had recorded the story of his exploits on audiotape, leaving behind an often-poetic sermon on villainy and its consequences. The tapes reveal that the cycle of violence and retribution, which his actions have spawned, has come back to him, full circle, as he suspected they might all along. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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No king rules forever.


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Rated R for strong violence, drug use, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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26 March 2004 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,089,993 (USA) (26 March 2004)

Gross:

$5,644,575 (USA) (4 June 2004)
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In this movie young Ella is played by actress Paige Hurd (uncredited) See more »

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King David: You miss me?
Jasper: Ain't nobody ever missed a rattlesnake, so why would anybody miss *you?*
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References Scarface (1983) See more »

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Go for Dat
Written by DMX (as Earl Simmons) and J. Smith
Performed by DMX featuring Lil Scrappy
Produced by Lil Jon
DMX appears courtesy of Ruff Ryders/Def Jam Records
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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A Dark Trip to the Underworld of the Drugs
7 August 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

When the unemployed white journalist Paul (David Arquette), who lives in a ghetto, accidentally witness the execution of the Afro-American King David (DMX), he takes the wounded man to the hospital trying to save his life. David dies, but officially leaves his car and his possessions to Paul. Paul finds some cassette tapes in the car, and while listening to them, he becomes aware that David was a hideous drug dealer.

When I decided to buy this DVD, I had no information about this movie. What a great surprise for me: it is a dark trip to the underworld of the drugs, indeed a contemporary film-noir, with sordid elements. The very dark cinematography fits perfectly to the story creating an atmosphere very adequate to the theme. The screenplay is very well written, but there are many important deleted scenes available on the DVD that explain many situations and connections of the story. DMX, David Arquette and Michael Ealy have excellent performances, but I found the character of Moon too much clichés of the powerful Afro-American drug lord. The scene of Mike leaving the tunnel in the end of the movie is another clichés that works perfectly, indicating the possible redemption of this character. "Never Die Alone" is a surprisingly good, violent and very real movie, which does not spare the characters addicted on drugs, showing the consequence of their vicious and their destiny. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Nunca Morra Sozinho" ("Never Die Alone")


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