7.2/10
1,897
27 user 3 critic

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)
Reviews
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Deep Cover (1992)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A uniformed cop is recruited by a drug enforcement agent to infiltrate a drug smuggling ring looking to expand its operation.

Director: Bill Duke
Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Jeff Goldblum, Lira Angel
Mi vida loca (1993)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Mousie and Sad Girl are childhood best friends in a contemporary Los Angeles poor Hispanic neighborhood. But when Sad Girl becomes pregnant by Mousie's boyfriend, a drug dealer named ... See full summary »

Director: Allison Anders
Stars: Angel Aviles, Seidy Lopez, Jacob Vargas
Hoodlum (1997)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Black gangsters in 1930 Harlem fights Dutch Schultz who is trying to horn in on their numbers racket.

Director: Bill Duke
Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Tim Roth, Vanessa Williams
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Street hustler Mike cooks up a drug rip-off with his estranged half-brother Torch. Simple robbery turns fatal bloodbath, so they hide out in a claustrophobic rat hole waiting for Mike's buddy Tony, who's "out of the life," or so he says.

Director: Laurence Fishburne
Stars: Eamonn Walker, Laurence Fishburne, Gregory Hines
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

This film describes the events surrounding a 1975 shootout at the Pine Ridge reservation in S. Dakota where two FBI agents were killed.

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Robert Redford, Norman Zigrossi, Robert Sikma
Witness Protection (TV Movie 1999)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In Boston, when the mobster Bobby "Bats" Batton is attacked by a killer at home and escapes, he finds that he has fallen in disgrace with his boss since someone has falsely betrayed him ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Pearce
Stars: Tom Sizemore, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Shawn Hatosy
Class Action (1991)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An attorney representing a traumatized accident victim finds that his opponent is a very familiar defense attorney - his own daughter.

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Gene Hackman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Colin Friels
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A single street vendor disguises herself for a dance contest, and pits her enemies against each other.

Directors: Rick Elgood, Don Letts
Stars: Audrey Reid, Carl Davis, Paul Campbell
School Daze (1988)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A not so popular young man wants to pledge to a popular fraternity at his historically black college.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell-Martin
Last Light (TV Movie 1993)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A killer on death row finds an unlikely friend in a prison guard.

Director: Kiefer Sutherland
Stars: Forest Whitaker, Kiefer Sutherland, Clancy Brown
Motives (Video 2004)
Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Motive is an edgy thriller that centers around Emery Simms, a highly educated and successful business tycoon who happens to be married to the quintessential wife Constance. Things go ... See full summary »

Director: Craig Ross Jr.
Stars: Vivica A. Fox, Shemar Moore, Golden Brooks
Motives 2 (Video 2007)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Well Simmons isn't dead, And Brandon in for a rude awakening And Connie. Don help his brother proves His innocent, and the big twist comes and change Everything and one......

Director: Aaron Courseault
Stars: Brian White, Vivica A. Fox, Sean Blakemore
Edit

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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

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

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

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: You and your friends did wrong, Daryl. Now, I'm just talking to you, one black man to another, alright, 'cause, see, if you don't know when you've done wrong, life ain't worth a damn.
See more »

Connections

Spin-off The Right Mistake See more »

Soundtracks

Chain of Fools
Written by Don Covay (as Dan Covay)
Published by Fourteenth Hour Music Inc., Promptu
Performed by Aretha Franklin
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One of the best
28 April 2006 | by mcneilfarleySee all my reviews

Great cast and great story. Characters are multi-faceted instead of one-dimensional. No clichés and not stereotypical. One of my favorites of Laurence Fishbourne's roles as Socrates Furtlow - a man who's had challenges but still remains strong. I'm surprised that I really like and believe Natalie Cole's performance - she's at her best (in acting department). Cicely Tyson and Bill Cobb are too real - you know a senior citizen just like them, don't you? A movie for my collection - worth seeing again and again and again. I'm a real fan of black movies that show the community - real but with it's positive attributes as well as its challenges - and how folks coming together - just being neighborly - can make a difference in the community. Should be a classic.


7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 27 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed