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Life Is Hot in Cracktown (2009)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  26 June 2009 (USA)
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Various stories of how crack cocaine has infiltrated the inner-city streets. Based on Buddy Giovinazzo's novel "Life is Hot in Cracktown".

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Romeo
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Brazil
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Cremont
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Manny
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Lou
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Betty McBain
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Ceasar
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Concetta
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Ramon
Elena Franklin ...
Melody Amber
Marci Canipe ...
Melody's Mom
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Terrance (as Quddus Philippe)
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Various stories of how crack cocaine has infiltrated the inner-city streets. Based on Buddy Giovinazzo's novel "Life is Hot in Cracktown".

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Be cool. You're so cool. Life is cool in Cracktown.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong violence, rape, drug content throughout, graphic sexuality, nudity and pervasive language

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The dude that robs Manny the first time is Carmine Giovinazzo (Detective Danny Messer from CSI: NY (2004)), cousin of the director, Buddy Giovinazzo. See more »

Quotes

Benny: Marybeth, I know what I am. Don't think for a second that I don't, 'cus I do. Like when I hear you and Ridley talking to some of the other girls, things yous able to talk about
[shrugs]
Benny: you're smart, you got schooling, you know things. Me, what do I know... I know that being with me must be like being with a retard. I look in the mirror sometimes, I wonder what you're doin with me. I know you do, too. When the day comes, you find somebody better, 'cus one day that will happen, I ain't gonna give...
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I know what I am. Don't think for a second that I don't, 'cus I do.
5 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A drama about living in the inner city, where crack and prostitution reign. Some say it is too dark, but it's real and dark is what this life is all about.

Waking up with cockroaches running across your face, and having nothing more than a cracker for breakfast, would make anyone despair.

The film features pre-op transsexual Marybeth (Kerry Washington) and her boyfriend Benny (Desmond Harrington), Manny (Victor Rasuk) who works two jobs to support his wife (Shannyn Sossamon) and baby, street kids Willy (Ridge Canipe) and Suzie (Ariel Winter) and gang member Romeo (Evan Ross). Among the other recognizable faces are Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), Illeana Douglas (Otis), Lara Flynn Boyle (Land of the Blind), Vondie Curtis-Hall (The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans), Mark Webber (The Laramie Project), RZA (American Gangster), Carly Pope (Young People F*cking), Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie, Pie 2, Wedding) and Tony Plana (Slayer).

If you like poverty-porn, then you will find four good stories and lots of familiar actors in this film.


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