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Hi-Life (1998)

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Jimmy needs $900 to clear a gambling debt but a series of lies leads to Ray trying to raise the cash from friends who owe him money.

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Roger Hedden

Writer:

Roger Hedden
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Campbell Scott ... Ray
Moira Kelly ... Susan
Michelle Durning Michelle Durning ... Yale
Eric Stoltz ... Jimmy
Peter Riegert ... Minor
Charles Durning ... Fatty
Katrin Cartlidge ... April
Saundra Santiago ... Elena
Carlo Alban ... Ricky
David Aaron Baker ... Cliff
Daryl Hannah ... Maggie
Steve Gilger Steve Gilger ... Bar Patron
J. Tucker Smith ... Adrien (as Tucker Smith)
Elizabeth Van Dyke Elizabeth Van Dyke ... Charlotte
Christina Santiago Christina Santiago ... Twin #1
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Storyline

Jimmy has a gambling debt and uses a lie to get his girlfriend Susan to help him find $900. Susan uses another lie to get her bartender brother Ray to help, but Ray hates Jimmy. Ray wanders around the local bars collecting the money; Jimmy's looking for Ray and Susan's looking for Jimmy. If the wrong people meet, the lies will unravel. Written by Rob Hartill

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bar | debt | actor | abortion | christmas | See All (11) »

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A romantic comedy for the romantically challenged.

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Entrando na Maior Fria See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,773, 6 December 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,957, 20 December 1998
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

During the fight between Ray and Santa, Santa's hat is knocked off his head in the bar. When they continue the fight on the street Santa's hat reappears on the sidewalk. See more »

Quotes

April: It's time to put your dick on the chopping block.
Ray: Good mouth!
April: I'm trying to be more colorful.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, the carolers from the movie sing a few Christmas carols at the camera, then wish a Merry Christmas. See more »

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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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A Small Gem of a Christmas Movie
9 December 2005 | by disbarroSee all my reviews

"Hi-Life" is no Christmas blockbuster. It's a small, rewarding treat of a Christmas-in-NYC movie, and it's one of the few holiday movies I love to see every year. It's a slice-of-life (well, slice-of-one-night, really) film full of small, everyday characters, written smartly and played by first-rate character actors. The NYC setting is warm, colorful and nostalgic without being dated in the least... kind of like New York itself (okay, like some parts of NYC). So: if you don't enjoy that sort of thing, if you've gotta have big-name glamour, special effects, knee-slapping jokes, car crashes or heavy,"message" drama in order not to be bored - avoid this film. P.S., if you miss living in and hanging out around New York, see it, especially during the holidays.


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