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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Gross USA:

$9,066

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,066
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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: What do you want for Christmas?
Ray: [whispers] You.
April: What?
Ray: I want you for Christmas.
April: Good, because then I don't have to shop... and I'll be fun to unwrap.
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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 »

Connections

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

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A quietly enjoyable holiday treat...
26 October 2003 | by mhtylerSee all my reviews

Hi-life is a quiet movie. It has a combination of good acting, a pleasing script, and its completely unpretentious.

A good comparison would be to "Nobody's Fool" with Paul Newman, and in some ways this is a sort of urban version.

The characterizations are wonderful. Ray the bartender seems a rather hard unyielding type, but as the movie progresses we find out he's anything but unsympathetic.

Peter Reigert has a wonderful character part as a barfly-come-debt-enforcer who dishes out advice on women that he doesn't follow.

Charles Durning has a great little role as "Fatty", and I couldn't leave off discussing acting without mentioning the late Katrin Cartlidge, who gives a lovely performance as a lush with a crush.

All in all, even if you don't care for quiet little movies, put this one on the tube at Christmas time.


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