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Always Outnumbered (1998)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 21 March 1998
A former prisoner tries to save a neighbor child from repeating of his way.

Director:

Michael Apted

Writers:

Walter Mosley (book), Walter Mosley (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Fishburne ... Socrates Fortlow
Daniel Williams Daniel Williams ... Darryl
Bill Cobbs ... Right Burke
Natalie Cole ... Iula Brown
Laurie Metcalf ... Halley Grimes
Alan Wilder ... Anton Crier
Cicely Tyson ... Luvia
Bridgid Coulter ... Corina M'Shalla
Bill Nunn ... Howard M'Shalla
Isaiah Washington ... Wilfred
Bill Duke ... Blackbird Wills
Kevin Carroll ... Pegus
Jamaal Carter Jamaal Carter ... Phillip
John Toles-Bey ... Stoney Wiley
Brooke Marie Bridges ... Winnie M'Shalla
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Storyline

In Los Angeles, the hot-tempered collector of cans Socrates "Socco" Fortlow is an ex-con that has served a long sentence for killing a man and a woman. Now he is trying to build a new life and find a job. However he is discriminated against his age, color and background. His only friend is Right Burke, who is dying of cancer. He also helps a young woman that is having problems with her husband. When Socco meets the boy Darryl, he finds that Darryl lives with a foster family that does not take care of him. Further, he has just witnessed the murder of another boy by a small-time criminal. Socco helps the boy to grow-up while helps Burke and tries to find work at a supermarket. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In every man's soul hides a hero.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, and some sexuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The cap that Socrates wears throughout the movie reads "90291", the zip code corresponding to the Los Angeles suburb of Venice (roughly 15 miles west of where this movie takes place). The M'Shalla family moves to Venice at the end of the movie after Howard gets a job offer there. See more »

Quotes

Socrates Fortlow: A boy should be hungry
Darryl: Fuck that supposed to mean?
Socrates Fortlow: It means somethings missing and hungry tells you what it is.
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Connections

Spin-off The Right Mistake See more »

Soundtracks

Play the Blues
Written by Byther Smith
Published by Happy Valley Music, BMI
Performed by Byther Smith
Courtesy of Rounder Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Gilding the lily
30 June 2002 | by som1950See all my reviews

Laurence Fishburne is superb as Socrates Fortlow in the HBO movie of Walter Mosley's adaptation of his first book of Fortlow stories. Mosley wove his stories together fairly well in the screenplay. The quest for a job, the serious undertaking of mentoring Darryl, dealing with the dealer/mugger and with the car-jacker are cinematic. Daniel Williams' portrayal of Darryl as a vulnerable discarded child who has to act tough is very, very good. The friendship with Right Burke (Bill Cobbs) is plausible, but having "Right" narrate the film seems unnecessary to me. We can see in Fishburne's performance the kind of many Socrates is without Right telling us how heroic he is.

The relationships with women are less convincing, or at least less compelling. I don't remember what Luvia (Cicely Tyson) has against Socrates. His relationship with Iula Brown (Natalie Cole) lacks chemistry (and screen time).


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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