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POWER: The Eddie Matos Story 

A teen drops out of school, joins a gang, and begins dealing drugs. Eventually, a gunshot wound confines him to a wheelchair.

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Bruce Harmon
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alexis Cruz ... Eddie Matos
Socorro Santiago ... Eddie's Mother
Troy Winbush ... Young M C
Joe Quintero Joe Quintero ... Jesus
Isaiah Washington ... O.G.
Nestor Serrano ... Teacher
Elizabeth Rodriguez ... Erika
Laurence Mason ... Sergio
Rafael Alvarez Rafael Alvarez ... Eddie's Father
Ray Aranha Ray Aranha ... Victor
Patricia Mauceri ... Lourdes
Erik Daniel Cruz Erik Daniel Cruz ... Eddie - 8 years old (as Erik Cruz)
Julian Leon Julian Leon ... Eddie - 2 years old
N'Bushe Wright ... Laurette
Jose Soto Jose Soto ... Friend
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A teen drops out of school, joins a gang, and begins dealing drugs. Eventually, a gunshot wound confines him to a wheelchair.

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Genres:

Drama | Family | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1994 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Short Life
29 January 2000 | by H5OSee all my reviews

Unlike Fresh (1994), New Jack City (1991), Catch Me If You Can (1989), or Scarface (1983), this short film details the life of Eddie Matos, who comes from a broken home, and becomes a drug dealer after dropping out of school at an early age. His typology of the innovator is similar to Fresh or Scarface, but his life is cut short. The quick money is there, but before the end, he ends up shot by Sergio, a rival drug dealer, and this event confines Matos to a wheelchair for life.

At the end of the short film, it's sad to see the real Eddie Matos in a wheelchair, a paraplegic, like Ron Kovic, since the quick money and lifestyle of a drug dealer is cut short. Everyone wants a six-figure income, and it's better earning a six-figure salary in the NBA rather than in the streets of New York.


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