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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rayford Gibson
... Claude Banks
... Willie Long
... Sergeant Dillard
... Cookie
... Pokerface
... Hoppin' Bob
... Jangle Leg
... Biscuit
... Goldmouth (as Michael 'Bear' Taliferro)
... Radio
... Can't Get Right
... Dexter Wilkins
... Sylvia
... Superintendant Abernathy
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Até que a Fuga os Separe  »

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Box Office

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 »

Goofs

When Claude and Rayford are driving to pick up some bootleg liquor, the camera switches over from one side of the car to the other, each time Rayford's shirt is constantly changing from, buttons tied to the top to having the top two buttons undone. See more »

Quotes

Jake: [hearing the story told, they hear that Mr. Wilkins was about to offer Ray and Claude pardons] So Ray and Claude get their pardons, right?
Leon: No, they didn't get their pardons, man! If they got their pardons way back then, we wouldn't be burying them here today, would we?
Jake: Oh, yeah, that's right.
Willie Long: What happened is old man Wilkins never come out of the bathroom! Sit right there and died on the shitter!
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References The X-Files (1993) See more »

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One of Eddie Murphy's best films.
22 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

If you're not a fan of Eddie Murphy's humor, then skip this one.

The movie begins in modern times, 1997, with the main characters' funerals. The movie then flashes back to 1932 to begin telling their story, and continues as they age in prison in Mississippi.

They were "petty criminals" but were sentenced to life in prison for a murder they did not commit. However, being black in 1930s Mississippi did them no favors. The story that unfolds is irreverent and funny and has enough twists along the way to keep things very interesting.

I can't understand why the average rating of this movie is below "6". I give it "8" of "10" for its overall entertainment value, plus a few "life's little lessons" thrown in. I think it is one of Eddie Murphy's best movies.


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