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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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The perfect crime... the not so-perfect team See more »


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


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Alto Golpe  »

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Joe Anderson and Timothy Olyphant would later star in "The Crazies" together See more »


The Mercedes Benz used to leave the garage is a 1987 model. Also, even if it were a 1983 it is in really poor condition. Also the car is equipped with a detachable face CD player. While CD's were commercially available in 1983 detachable face players were not. See more »


Donnie: Well, my one kidney's completely fucked, like dead, and the other one's only working at forty percent of something.
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References The Tenant (1976) See more »


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My 314th Review: One of the better crime comedies around
12 February 2010 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

This is low down fun. It has a very well-scripted, plotted, and thought through feel to it and there really are worse ways to send your time.

It reminded us a lot of Australian cinema, where losers just keep on losing but just more and more outrageously, and it is a film that makes you laugh mostly 'cos it ain't you.

All the characters are exactly that, characters, and all of them are nicely done. Everything from the get go just works and the take on the 80s is pitch perfect - no Reaganomics and Wall Street here, this is 70s hangover time to perfection.

A fun little movie with heart, drugs, and great, great incompetence...

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