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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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Rayford Gibson
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Claude Banks
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Willie Long
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Sergeant Dillard
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Cookie
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Pokerface
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Hoppin' Bob
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Jangle Leg
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Biscuit
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Goldmouth (as Michael 'Bear' Taliferro)
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Radio
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Can't Get Right
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Dexter Wilkins
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Sylvia
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Superintendant Abernathy
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Stan Blocker
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Spanky Johnson
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Winston Hancock
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Jake
Bonz Malone ...
Leon
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Young Sheriff Pike
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Older Sheriff Pike
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Daisy
Allyson Call ...
Young Mae Rose Abernathy
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Older Mae Rose Abernathy
James D. Brubaker ...
Judge E.M. Byrne
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Slim (as Walter Jordan)
Brooks Almy ...
Billy's Mama
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Billy
Hildy Brooks ...
Nurse Doherty
Kenn Whitaker ...
Isaac
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Bathroom Attendant
David Alexander ...
Doctor
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Blind Reverend Clay
Armelia McQueen ...
Mrs. Clay
Nate Evans ...
Juke Bartender
Todd Everett ...
Deputy at Mansion
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Billy Bob
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Juke Joint Waitress (as Venus De Milo Thomas)
Zaid Farid ...
Shady Cardplayer
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Shady Cardplayer
Kenneth White ...
Deputy
Leonard O. Turner ...
Superintendant Burke
Augie Blunt ...
Man in Prison
Quantae Love ...
Trustee at Line
Sean Lampkin ...
Trustee at Line
James Emory Jr. ...
Goldmouth's Son
Bill Gratton ...
Fire Inspector
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Mrs. Dillard
George Hartmann ...
Prison Guard
Zack Helvey ...
Captain Tom Burnette
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Junkie (as Haskell Vaughn Anderson III)
Kimble Jemison ...
Gang Banger
Jordan Mahome ...
Gang Banger
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Bagman (as William Taylor)
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Bagman
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Juke Joint Guitarist
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Funeral Chaplain
Ronald Moss ...
Bouncer (as Ronald Lee Moss)
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Mrs. Abernathy
Walter Powell ...
Waiter (as Walter Powell Jr.)
Christophe Prévost ...
Pilot (as Chris Prevost)
Dawn Robinson ...
Club Crooner
Leon Sanders ...
Barkeeper
Steve Boyles ...
Mule Cart Driver
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Himself (archiveFootage)
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Himself (archiveFootage)
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Himself (archiveFootage)
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Himself (archiveFootage)
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Farm Boy (uncredited)
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Henchman #2 (uncredited)
Bridget Morrow ...
Cocktail Waitress (uncredited)
Leon Turner ...
Arm That Went Up (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ted Demme

Written by

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Robert Ramsey ... (written by) &
Matthew Stone ... (written by)

Produced by

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James D. Brubaker ... executive producer
Tina L. Fortenberry ... associate producer
Brian Grazer ... producer
Karen Kehela Sherwood ... executive producer (as Karen Kehela)
Eddie Murphy ... producer
Jim Whitaker ... co-producer (as James Whitaker)
Ray Murphy Jr. ... associate producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Wyclef Jean

Cinematography by

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Geoffrey Simpson

Film Editing by

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Jeffrey Wolf

Editorial Department

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John Bergstrasser ... apprentice editor
Sharron Cannon ... post-production coordinator
Michael Healey ... remastering colorist
Marlen Hill ... negative cutter
Sophie Kil ... second assistant editor
Karen Kory ... second assistant editor
Marty Levenstein ... additional editor
Samara Levenstein ... apprentice editor
Mike Milliken ... color timer
Geoffrey O'Brien ... first assistant editor
Eric O. Schusterman ... first assistant editor
Logan Breit ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Margery Simkin

Production Design by

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Dan Bishop

Art Direction by

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Jeff Knipp

Set Decoration by

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John H. Anderson

Costume Design by

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Lucy W. Corrigan ... (as Lucy Corrigan)

Makeup Department

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Deena Adair ... hair stylist
David LeRoy Anderson ... special makeup effects key artist: Eddie Murphy old age
Louisa V. Anthony ... hair stylist
Richard Arguijo ... mold maker
Rick Baker ... special makeup effects
Percy Burries ... hair stylist: Mr. Lawrence
Bill Corso ... special makeup effects artist
Kim D. Davis ... makeup artist: Mr. Lawrence
Richard Davison ... makeup effects technician
Rebecca DeHerrera ... additional makeup artist
Sterfon Demings ... key hair stylist
Debra Denson ... assistant makeup artist
Will Huff ... special makeup effects artist
Margie Kaklamanos ... makeup artist (as Margie Latinopoulos)
Heather Koontz ... assistant makeup artist
Clayton Martinez ... special makeup effects: Cinovation Studios
Stacey Morris ... hair stylist: Mr. Murphy
Judy Murdock ... key makeup artist
Sylvia Nava ... hair department supervisor: Rick Baker/Cinovation
Mimi Palazon ... special makeup effects artist
Ani Plotkin-Maloney ... makeup artist (as Ani Plotkin)
Joseph Regina ... key makeup artist (as Joseph Michael Regina)
Yoichi Art Sakamoto ... special makeup effects artist
Mark Shostrom ... special makeup effects artist
JoAnn Stafford-Chaney ... assistant makeup artist
Bill Sturgeon ... makeup production supervisor
David Syner ... makeup artist
Kazuhiro Tsuji ... key makeup artist
Toy Van Lierop ... makeup artist: Mr. Murphy
Julia L. Walker ... key hair stylist
Phyllis Williams ... additional makeup artist
David Beneke ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Warren Lewis ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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James D. Brubaker ... unit production manager
Arlene Kehela ... production supervisor
Janet L. Wattles ... production supervisor (as Janet Wattles)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Steve Booth ... second second assistant director (as Stephen Booth)
Marcei A. Brown ... second assistant director (as Marcei A. Brubaker)
Marisa Ferrey ... additional second assistant director
Evan Gilner ... second second assistant director
Tommy Harper ... additional second assistant director (as Thomy Harper)
Josh King ... first assistant director
Don McCuaig ... second unit director (as Donald M. McCuaig)
Elaine Wood ... dga trainee

Art Department

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Maria L. Baker ... set designer
Mark Boucher ... set dresser
Susan A. Burig ... graphic designer
Francine Byrne ... art department coordinator
David B. Clark ... paint gang boss
Joe Elvington ... set laborer
Carmine Goglia ... stand-by painter
Steve A. Hagberg ... construction coordinator
Carey Harris Jr. ... assistant property master
Alan Hoffman ... storyboard artist
Alan James ... painter
Marisol Jiménez ... construction accountant
Steven Kerlagon ... head paint foreman
Randlett King Lawrence ... general foreman
Thomas W. Lay Jr. ... production illustrator (as Tom Lay)
Josh Lusby ... set designer
Lauren Lustig ... props
Eugene McCarthy ... property master
Kevin Wade McDonald ... propmaker
Larry Morgan ... carpenter
Douglas Barrett Netter ... art department production assistant
Charles Nixon III ... lead man (as Charles Nixon)
Lori Rowbotham ... set designer
Mary Saisselin ... set designer
Ahmed Saker ... construction medic
Chad Simpson ... paint foreman
Aaron Sims ... character designer
Mike Sudrow ... weapons specialist
Chris Vail ... assistant property master (as Christopher Vail)
Victor M. Shannon ... plasterer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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James Ashwill ... foley mixer
Bobbi Banks ... adr editor
Odin Benitez ... sound effects editor
Gaston Biraben ... dialogue editor
David Boulton ... adr mixer
Jeanette Browning ... adr recordist
Rick Canelli ... adr recordist
Norval D. Crutcher III ... dialogue editor
John T. Cucci ... foley artist
Will Edwards ... adr engineer
Robert Fitzgerald ... co-supervising sound editor
Frank Fleming ... sound recordist
Avram D. Gold ... dialogue editor
Alexandra Gonzales ... foley editor
David Grimaldi ... sound effects editor
Randall Guth ... sound effects editor
Victor J. Hernandez ... supervising sound editor
Michael Hilkene ... supervising sound editor
Alan Holly ... adr mixer
Bobby Johanson ... adr recordist
Ken J. Johnson ... additional sound effects recordist
Michael Jonascu ... sound effects editor
Doc Kane ... adr mixer
Jason King ... foley editor
Steve Klinghoffer ... sound playback
Gregg Landaker ... re-recording mixer
Greg LaPlante ... digital mastering
Cliff Latimer ... adr editor
Linda Lew ... foley recordist
Greg W. Lowe ... adr recordist
Steve Maslow ... re-recording mixer
Mark Moseley ... custom looping
Dan O'Connell ... foley artist
Thomas J. O'Connell ... adr mixer
Paul N.J. Ottosson ... foley editor
Brion Paccassi ... sound recordist
Douglas Parker ... first assistant sound editor
Eric Pinckert ... apprentice sound editor
Hari Ryatt ... dialogue editor
Pernell L. Salinas ... apprentice sound editor
Victoria Rose Sampson ... foley editor
Solange S. Schwalbe ... foley supervisor
Rick St. Hilaire ... sound engineer
F. Scott Taylor ... second assistant sound editor
Winfred Tennison ... boom operator
Mark A. Tracy ... second assistant sound editor
Christopher T. Welch ... foley editor (as C.T. Welch)
John O. Wilde ... foley editor
Russell Williams II ... production sound mixer
Ronald L. Wright ... cable person
Daniel Yale ... sound effects editor (as Daniel Evan Yale)

Special Effects by

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Roy Augenstein ... special effects
Hal Bigger ... special effects
Robert E. Lamberth ... special effects
Robert L. Olmstead ... special effects foreman
Bruce Richter ... special effects
Daniel Sudick ... special effects coordinator
Roland Blancaflor ... foam department supervisor: Cinovation Studios (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Randall Balsmeyer ... visual effects
Bill Hansard ... rear projection effects
Petra Holtorf ... visual effects producer
Toby Wilkins ... Inferno artist: opening sequence, New Wave Entertainment

Stunts

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Mello Alexandria ... stunts
Jophery C. Brown ... stunts
Tony Brubaker ... stunts
Eric Chambers ... stunts
Lanier Edwards ... stunts
Troy Gilbert ... stunts
Irving E. Lewis ... stunts
James C. Lewis ... stunts
Gary Littlejohn ... stunts
Jalil Jay Lynch ... stunts
Rusty McClennon ... stunts
Buck McDancer ... stunts
Jeffrey McDancer ... stunts
Bennie Moore ... stunts (as Bennie E. Moore Jr.)
Alan Oliney ... stunt coordinator
Gary Price ... stunts
Stan Lee Rice ... stunts
Alphonse Walter ... stunts
Big Daddy Wayne ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Bob Allen Jr. ... rigging gaffer
John Beran ... dolly grip: "b" camera
Harry K. Garvin ... camera operator: "b" camera / steadicam operator
Mark Hryma ... camera operator: Wescam camera
Gregory Irwin ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
John Janusek ... key grip
Stephen Johnstone ... assistant chief lighting technician
Kenneth E. King ... rigging key grip (as Kenny King)
Rick Maddux ... best boy rigger
Bruce McBroom ... still photographer
Don McCuaig ... director of photography: second unit (as Donald M. McCuaig)
Duane Mieliwocki ... first assistant camera: second unit
Paul Murphey ... video assist operator
Patrick Murray ... gaffer
Louis Niemeyer ... assistant camera
Bill O'Drobinak ... camera operator
Travis Panarisi ... rigging
Jerry Patton ... camera loader
Michael C. Price ... dolly grip
Joe Ritter ... assistant Steadicam operator / first assistant camera: "b" camera
John P. Shine ... best boy grip
Richard Smock ... rigging gaffer (as Richard C. Smock)
Joy R. Stone ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Chuck Turner ... rigging grip
Carl A. Vidnic ... electrician
Neal Wilde ... grip

Casting Department

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Jennifer Bender ... extras casting
Carmen Cuba ... casting associate
Kevin Goldson ... extras casting
Craig Harris ... casting assistant
Carl Joy ... extras casting
Terry L. Lamfers ... casting administrator
Susan Maas ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Dawn Y. Line ... key costumer
Philip Maldonado ... costumer
Joe McCloskey ... key set costumer: men
Michele Michel ... costume illustrator
Maggie Morgan ... assistant costume designer
Jonny Pray ... set costumer
Kathleen Russo ... costumer: Martin Lawrence
Nava R. Sadan ... set costumer
Leticia Sandoval ... aging assistant
Kristi Skinner ... wardrobe accountant
James W. Tyson ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Brad Bell ... assistant location manager
Arlene Kehela ... supervising location manager
Peter Martorano ... assistant location manager
Ken Struck ... assistant location manager
David Thornsberry ... location manager

Music Department

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Emile Charlap ... music contractor / music preparation
Buck Damon ... music consultant
Andy Grassi ... score recordist
Sonny Kompanek ... conductor / orchestrator
Stephanie Murray ... score stage administrator
Allan K. Rosen ... superving music editor
Amanda Scheer-Demme ... music supervisor
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn
Patty von Arx ... music editor
Paul Wertheimer ... music recordist
Kevin Crehan ... music editor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Ed Arter ... transportation coordinator
Tina M. Arter-Duquette ... transportation dispatcher
Roger Bojarski Jr. ... driver: honeywagon
Louis Dinson ... driver
William P. Lafon ... driver: base camp generator
Mike Padovich ... transportation captain
Daniel Quick ... transportation captain
Sean C. Ryan ... driver
Fred Teague ... driver: cast
Russ Tolliver ... production driver
Michael Vieira ... driver
Ed Wirth ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Bohnie Avanzino ... title designer: New Wave Entertainment
Jerry Bestpitch ... wrangler
Susan Bierbaum ... script supervisor
Darryl Brunson ... stand-in: Mr. Lawrence
Virgil Carter ... photo double: Mr. Murphy
George Cawood ... title designer: New Wave Entertainment
Yolanda T. Cochran ... second assistant accountant (as Yolanda M. Thibodeaux)
Peaches Davis ... executive asst. to Martin Lawrence
Jessica Drake ... dialect coach
Jane Everett ... production coordinator
Fred Fein ... stand-in
Julius M. Fletcher ... production secretary
Ronald E. Hairston ... key craft service
Ryan Hintz ... post-production accountant
Pat Jackson ... studio teacher
Marisol Jiménez ... construction accountant
Jennifer Koenig ... second assistant accountant (as Jennifer Anne Koenig)
Tamara Maellaro ... set medic
Dina Mande ... title designer: New Wave Entertainment
Peter McKernan ... aerial coordinator
Michael Morgenthal ... first assistant accountant
Niamh Murphy ... textile artist
Stephanie Neroes ... production assistant
Stacy Parker ... assistant production coordinator
William Ramirez Jr. ... key craft service
Roger E. Reid ... stand-in: Mr. Murphy
Glen Richard ... production auditor
Deborah Ricketts ... archive researcher
Margo Romano ... second assistant accountant
Michael Rucker ... production assistant
Rodney Saulsberry ... adr/voice talent
Nina Saxon ... title designer: New Wave Entertainment
Deborah Simmrin ... unit publicist
George L. Tarrant Jr. ... production assistant
Aillene Taylor ... accounting assistant (as Aillene Laure Bubis)
Kevin Warendorp ... cast associate
Regina A. Warendorp ... exec. asst. to james d. brubaker
Michael Wat ... payroll accountant
Randy Webster ... personal assistant to Eddie Murphy
Brook Worley ... production assistant
Gabe de Kelaita ... set production assistant: sacramento (uncredited)

Thanks

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Leon Turner ... grateful acknowledgment

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Perpète (France)
  • Lebenslänglich (Germany)
  • Condenados a fugarse (Spain)
  • Venner for livet (Denmark)
  • Gyvenimas (Lithuania)
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Runtime
  • 108 min
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Box Office

Budget $80,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $20,414,775, 18 Apr 1999
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $73,521,587

Did You Know?

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Trivia When Ray and Claude are standing on a box of bottles, Claude mentions that a one of his toes has slipped into one of them. This actually happened during the take, but Martin Lawrence kept going, despite Eddie Murphy's laughing, which is genuine. See more »
Goofs About halfway through the film, the prisoners are watching a newsreel about World War II. After that, Can't Get Right arrives, and is scouted by the Pittsburgh Crawfords. The team existed from 1930-1938, three years before the US entered World War II. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Life/Hideous Kinky/EXistenZ/Goodbye Lover/Friends & Lovers (1999). See more »
Soundtracks Wake Up Everybody See more »
Crazy Credits Bloopers are shown during the closing credits. See more »
Quotes Goldmouth: Maybe I oughta eat *your* cornbread.
Rayford Gibson: Motherfucker, you can't have my cornbread. That's for damn sure. Cause if you try and take my cornbread, Part 2 of my killing spree is gon' begin up in here on your ass, right now. You thinking about my cornbread, better get the taste out your mouth. That's for damn sure.
Claude Banks: Ray, chill out...
Rayford Gibson: No, fuck him. Fuck that, 'cause I'm from New York City, goddammit. Nobody take no cornbread from me. That goes for anyone of you motherfucking farmers who wanna start some shit. You fuck around with me, there's gonna be consequences and repercussions.
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