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High Life (2009)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 16 March 2010 (USA)
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Four hapless junkies plan to rob a bank.


2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Strung-Out Doctor
Steve Ratzlaff ...
Prison Guard
Ernesto Griffith ...
Kelly Wolfman ...
Turk Scatliff ...
Addict 1
Addict 2
Susan Kelso ...
Addict 3
Harry Nelken ...
Addict 4
Tracy Beemer ...
Nurse (as Tracy McMahon)


It's 1983, and hopeless junkie Dick gets an unwelcome visit from the past - his seriously sleazy former cellmate, Bug, to be precise. Bug requires a crash course in the 80s: different music, different drugs, and machines in walls that dispense money. The latter development gives Dick an idea. Written by Anonymous

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Their crime is perfect. Just perfect... See more »


Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for drug use, pervasive language and some violence | See all certifications »


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16 March 2010 (USA)  »

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Alto Golpe  »

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Did You Know?


Olyphant has a line about the boy next door. He starred in "The Girl Next Door" See more »


When Billy is walking by the bank, a late-model Dodge Ram can be seen reflected in the window. The film is set in 1983. See more »


Donnie: Please let me stay, Dick. Please. I can take care of myself. You go. You gotta get out of here!
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References The Tenant (1976) See more »


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Performed by April Wine
Written by Errol Ainsworth Brown & Anthony Tony Wilson
Published by Finchley Music Corporation (ASCAP)
by arrangement with Backstage Music Publishing, Toronto-Canada o/b/o Music & Media International
Courtesy of BC Music & Consulting
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27 April 2011 | by (San Pedro, California) – See all my reviews

The only criticism of this movie, is that it left me wanting MORE. It is one of the most darkly hilarious drug user movies I have ever seen, and each character was unique and quirky. The dialog, rhythm and strange twists and turns of the plot were highly entertaining. I would like to see more work in future projects by all these talented actors, who worked so well together. Rossif Sutherland, as Billy, was sensational, and presented a fascinating characterization. Timothy Olyphant was a very believable drug abuser, roughing up his usual extremely handsome appearance, and provided a kind of heroic center. This is edgy, brilliant work!

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