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Life (1999)

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In 1932, two strangers are wrongfully convicted and develop a strong friendship in prison that lasts them through the 20th century.

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In the mid-1990s, two inmates bury the burned bodies of two lifers at Mississippi's infamous Parchman Farm; a third old-timer relates their story. They'd served 65 years for a murder they didn't commit, framed by a local sheriff while buying moonshine whiskey for a Manhattan club owner to whom they owed money. In flashbacks we see this odd couple thrown together (Ray is a fast-talking con man, and Claude is a serious man about to start work as a bank teller), the loss of Ray's watch (sterling silver, from his daddy), the murder and trial, the hardships of Parchman, and the love-hate relationship of Claude and Ray as they spend 65 years bickering and looking for a way to escape. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for strong language and a shooting | See all certifications »

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16 April 1999 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,414,775, 18 April 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$63,844,974, 8 August 1999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,521,587
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The last R rated movie Eddie Murphy made. See more »

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In the scene where Jangle Leg introduces himself to Claude, they are seated beside each other with Ray sitting beside Jangle Leg. Then the camera switches to a shot of Ray. If you look below Ray you can see Jangle Leg seated below him. See more »

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Leon: [after Willie has told the story] You really bummed me out. That's a terrible story.
[to Jake]
Leon: Yo, nigga, you cryin'?
Jake: No, I just got allergies and - I'm cool.
[Leon walks off in disgust]
Willie Long: Hey, ain't nothin' wrong with a man cryin' every now and again.
Leon: Listen, man, what was Claude's plan, anyway?
Willie Long: See, Claude had figured he could steal a couple of bodies from the morgue, right? That way, when he set the infirmary on fire, in all the commotion, him and Ray could just slip right on into them fire ...
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 3 April 2015 (2015) See more »

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Life is a serious matter
30 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

After reading the user comments on this movie, it appears that the main complaint is that it is not the rollicking laugh-a-minute comedy that fans of the two leads expected. Once you let that expectation go, this is a great movie! It succeeds as a drama with comic tone. There have been some great ones that do this, and we mistakenly classify them as comedies. For example, M*A*S*H, Mr. Roberts, It's a Wonderful Life. These are pictures that provide comic overtones to people struggling to get through a very serious and overwhelming event: war, contemplated suicide, and in the case of Life, life imprisonment.

I was surprised at how good Murphy is in this flick.Not one of my favorites, he convinces as he ages and grows under the burden his character carries, that of an entire life stolen from him. And he survives with a certain dignity. Lawrence is almost as good, but he does labor a bit with the dramatic parts, seeming a bit uncomfortable shedding his comic bent. Note that when these characters are shown as old men, Murphy actually becomes an old man, Lawrence is still a young man in oldster's make-up.

Let's not overlook an interesting small role expertly understated by Ned Beatty, and the charm of Bokeem Woodbine as Can't Get Right. Life is well-mounted and the sets are as convincing as any I've seen. Comedies are rarely as dirty and sweaty as this movie.

I thoroughly enjoyed this picture, realizing early on that it was a very serious movie wrongly hyped as a comedy.


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