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Always Outnumbered (1998)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 21 March 1998
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 ... See full summary »

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.

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Drama

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Vonte Sweet starred with Laurence Fishborne in Boyz N The Hood (1991) and with Billy Duke in Menace II Society (1993). See more »

Quotes

Right Burke: [In narration] Socrates Fortlow. His mother named him Socrates because it was a wise man's name. She couldn't teach him how to write, but she could give him the name of someone smart.
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Spin-off The Right Mistake See more »

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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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Timeless and classic; a hidden gem
2 June 2004 | by maestro607See all my reviews

I won't go into details of the storyline, as you can read that from other reviews. I will say that this is one of the best dramatic films I've seen that most haven't even heard of. It is a very moving story with many underlying plots that come together well and each stand out to be noticed. The acting was Grade A from everyone casted, the messages (and there were many) are relevant and stirring, and there just aren't enough good things to say about this film. I think that Larry Fishburne is one of our better black actors, I believe better than Denzel based on the variety of characters that Fishburne has played over the years, and this may have been his best work. His character and his acting is that strong in this film. If you've seen the movie "Pitch Black" with Vin Diesel (now that they've made a sequel 4 years later), you know that it was a slow, kind of boring movie, but Vin played his character Riddick with such coolness that his role made the flick. Fishburne does the same outstanding performance, but unlike Pitch Black, everything else about Outnumbered was strong in supporting the lead character. An excellent film that I would highly recommend.


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