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Once in the life (of drug dealing and organized crime), can anyone get out? During a brief jail stay, two half-brothers, who have rarely seen each other while growing up, connect. One of... See more »

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Tony
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Ruffhouse
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Buddha
Dominic Chianese Jr. ...
Freddie Nine Lives
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Chino (as Tiger Chen)
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Manny Rivera
Andres Titus ...
Hector (as Andres 'Dres' Titus)
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Torch
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20 / 20 Mike
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Cab Driver
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Sgt. Kneeley
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Mike Murphy
Timothy W. White ...
Little Billy (as Tim White)
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Jackie
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Little Mikey
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Pizzaman
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Maxine
Huey Morgan ...
Carlos
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Precious
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Strip Club Patron (uncredited)
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Plainsclothes Cop (uncredited)

Directed by

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Laurence Fishburne

Written by

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Laurence Fishburne ... (play "Riff Raff")
 
Laurence Fishburne ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Keith Abell ... associate producer
Ray Angelic ... line producer
David L. Bushell ... producer (as David Bushell)
Steve Carlis ... executive producer
Donald C. Carter ... executive producer
The DaPuzzo Family ... associate producer
Peter T. DaPuzzo ... associate producer
Joseph J. DiMartino ... associate producer
Laurence Fishburne ... producer
C.J. Follini ... co-producer
Larry Meistrich ... executive producer
Helen Sugland ... producer

Music by

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Branford Marsalis

Cinematography by

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Richard Turner ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Bill Pankow

Editorial Department

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Elwaldo Baptiste ... post-production intern
Patricia Bowers ... assistant editor
Nick Dibeneditto ... negative cutter (as Nick Di Beneditto)
Fred Heid ... color timer
Christopher Kenneally ... post-production coordinator
Joe Violante ... dailies advisor
Byron Wong ... apprentice editor
Paul Leonardo Jr. ... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Andrew Weisblum ... assistant film editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Bonnie Timmermann

Production Design by

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Charley Beal

Art Direction by

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Diann Duthie

Set Decoration by

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Paul Cheponis
Jordan West

Costume Design by

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Darryle Johnson

Makeup Department

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Evelyne Noraz ... additional makeup artist
Deborah Taylor ... key makeup artist
Kenneth Walker ... key hair stylist (as Ken Walker)
Taurance F. Williams ... additional hair stylist (as Taurance Williams)

Production Management

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Jamey Pryde ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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William Paul Clark ... first assistant director
Pilar Savone ... second assistant director
Peter Thorell ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Bob Arietta ... scenic painter
Alison Benson ... shop assistant
Pamela Berkeley ... camera scenic artist
James Bokor Sr. ... construction grip
Keith Bokor ... construction grip
Chris DesMarais ... property master
Bruce Eric Dunkins ... art department assistant
Gail Fuller ... camera scenic artist
Marcial Garlitos ... shop craftsman
Kenneth Hammer ... construction coordinator (as Ken Hammer)
Robert Keller ... shop craftsman
John Krause ... construction grip
Frank Love ... shop craftsman
Mike Murphy ... leadman (as Michael Murphy)
Janine Pesce ... assistant property master
Mark Sexton ... storyboard artist
Rodney Sterbenz ... on-set dresser
Peter Vietro-Hannum ... construction grip (as Peter Vietro-Hanun)

Sound Department

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Thomas Brandau ... sound mixer (as Tom Brandau)
David Briggs ... assistant sound editor
Nancy Cabrera ... foley artist
Eric A. Christoffersen ... consultant: dolby sound
Mik Cribben ... boom operator
Patrick Dundas ... foley recordist
Harriet Fidlow ... adr editor
Matthew Fleece ... adr engineer (as Matt Fleece)
Brian Langman ... foley editor
Marc Laub ... dialogue editor
Terrance Laudermilch ... sound recordist (as terence Laudermilch)
Hal Levinsohn ... adr editor
Nadine Finzi Maybruck ... assistant sound editor
Eric McAllister ... assistant sound editor
Branka Mrkic ... adr editor
David Novack ... adr engineer
Patricia Nuñez ... assistant sound editor (as Patricia Nunez)
Giancarlo Petroni ... re-recording mixer
Jacob Ribicoff ... dialogue editor
Ahmad Shirazi ... supervising sound editor
Michael Shore ... dialogue editor
Stuart Stanley ... supervising sound editor
Peter Waggoner ... re-recording mixer
Amy Waldron ... assistant sound editor

Stunts

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Brian Smyj ... stunt coordinator
Jalil Jay Lynch ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jared Abrams ... camera loader
Rico Omega Alston ... video assist operator (as Rico Aston)
Alan Blagg ... grip
Hugo Bonilla ... grip
Dave Bryant ... dolly grip
Leroy Chen ... camera loader
Angelo Cicero ... electrician
Stephen Consentino ... steadicam operator: Washington D.C. (as Steve Consentino)
Sean Crawford ... camera intern (as Sean P. Crawford)
Chris Drechsler ... electrician (as Chris Dreschler)
Jason Elfe ... grip
George Harrington ... best boy electric
Pedro Hernández ... key grip (as Pedro Hernandez)
Sarosh Hussain ... second assistant camera (as Sarosh Hussein)
Gary Kahan ... electrician
James Keady ... electrician
Dan Kinsley ... electrician
Francis Leach ... best boy grip
Bill LeClair ... grip
Deborah Lipman ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Serge Mihajlov ... shop electrician (as Sergei Mihajlov)
Gene Page ... still photographer
Darren Ryan ... 24 frame video operator
Abe Schrager ... camera operator: "a" camera
Donald W. Schreck ... gaffer
Jonas Steadman ... first assistant camera: a
Hector Toledo ... grip
David S. Tuttman ... camera operator: "b" camera (as David Tuttman)
Edward Williams ... grip
Aurelia Winborn ... first assistant camera: "b" camera

Casting Department

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Karen E. Etcoff ... extras casting
Liz Giles ... casting intern
Stephen Vincent ... casting assistant (as Steve Vincent)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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John Corbo ... assistant wardrobe supervisor
Deirdra Elizabeth Govan ... wardrobe supervisor (as Deirdra Govan)
Asiel Kneeland ... wardrobe intern
Kim Wilcox ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Charlynne J. Hopson ... assistant location manager (as Charlynne Hopson)
Patrick Lievano ... location assistant
Kim Ann Mahoney ... additional location assistant (as Kim Mahoney)
Santiago Quinones ... location manager

Music Department

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Rocky Bryant ... musician: drums
Joey Calderazzo ... musician: piano
Phil Carson ... executive in charge of music: TSR Records
Barry Cole ... music supervisor
Christopher Covert ... music supervisor
Dave Fiuczynski ... musician: guitar
James Flatto ... music editor (as Jim Flatto)
Rob Hunter ... score recording engineer
Branford Marsalis ... conductor / music programmer / musician: soprano saxophone / orchestrator
Gillian Morris ... assistant music supervisor
Eric Reevis ... musician: bass

Transportation Department

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William Beggi ... driver
Thomas Cassella ... driver
James Charleston ... driver
Thomas Claffey ... driver
John Collins ... driver
Michael Cusik ... driver (as Michael Cusick)
Peter DiDomenico ... driver (as Peter DiDomencio)
William Dosch ... driver
George Holtzer ... driver
Michael Kennedy ... driver
Elias Langguth ... driver
Larry 'Reg Dunlop' McGee ... transportation co-captain
Brett Michael ... driver
Timothy P. Slevin ... driver (as Timothy Slevin)
Kenneth Swanson ... driver
Billy Weissler ... driver
Tom Weissler ... transportation captain (as Tommy Weissler)

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J. Alberto ... adr loop group
James Block ... post-production accountant: East Coast Post
Eva Z. Cabrera ... script supervisor
Jose M. Cabrera ... key set production assistant
Rafael Cabrera ... adr loop group
Blanca Camacho ... adr loop group
Jamie Cohen ... product placement and clearances: Gun For Hire Resources
Gilbert Cruz ... adr loop group
Lisa Diamond ... post-production accountant: East Coast Post
Brian Dorsey ... craft service
Erika Elizondo ... set production assistant: second unit
Gary B. Encarnacion ... set production assistant: second unit
Marjorie Ergas ... production secretary
Gennadiy Feldman ... set production assistant
Lemuel Fishburne ... set production assistant
Lateefah Fleming ... assistant: Mr. Sugland, New York
Rachel Fox ... legal services
David 'Skip' Glew ... set production assistant
Craig Anthony Grant ... stand-in
Susan Hartmann ... assistant: Mr. Bushell
Mark Anthony Henry ... adr loop group
Sandra Hodge-Hampton ... assistant: Mr. Fishburne (as Sandra Hodge) / asst. to laurence fishburne (as Sandra Hodge)
Jon M. Johnson ... parking coordinator (as Jon Johnson)
Audrey Kendrick ... assistant: Mr. Sugland, Los Angeles
David Kramer ... adr loop group coordinator
David H. Kramer ... adr loop group
Christine La Monte ... unit publicist: Rogers & Cowan (as Christine LaMonte)
Peter Leitner ... stand-in
Alan Nierob ... unit publicist: Rogers & Cowan
Robert Ortiz ... production coordinator (as Rob Ortiz)
'Lee' George Quinones ... title designer (as Lee Quinones)
Sandy Rice ... unit publicist: Rogers & Cowan
Che Roacher ... office production assistant (as Ché Roacher)
Phil Rodowsky ... dialogue: continuity and spotting script: On-Core Productions
Todd Rodowsky ... dialogue: continuity and spotting script: On-Core Productions
Christopher I. Russell ... production auditor
Mark Silver ... unit publicist: Rogers & Cowan
Jae Stein-Grainger ... assistant production auditor
Darren Toon ... set production assistant
Nichelle 'Nikki' Walker ... office production assistant
Joseph Keideth ... security: Mr. Fishburne (uncredited)

Thanks

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Roscoe Lee Browne ... thanks
Austin Pendleton ... thanks
Lynne Thigpen ... thanks (as Lynn Thigpen)

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Plot Summary

Once in the life (of drug dealing and organized crime), can anyone get out? During a brief jail stay, two half-brothers, who have rarely seen each other while growing up, connect. One of them, called 20/20 Mike because he can sense people nearby, concocts a scheme in which the two of them will steal some dope from young couriers. The heist goes awry when Billy, the junkie brother, shoots the victims of the theft. The brothers hole up in an abandoned building, and 20/20 Mike seeks help from an old cell mate, Tony, whom he thinks is out of the life. It turns out that they have stolen Tony's dope, and Tony's boss wants the two thieves dead. Is there any way out? Written by

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Taglines You're either in, or you're gone. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Mit aller Härte (Germany)
  • Compromiso de sangre (Spain)
  • Веднъж в живота (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Egyszer az életben (Hungary)
  • 20/20 Target Criminale (Italy)
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  • 107 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $28,358, 29 Oct 2000

Did You Know?

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Trivia Laurence Fishburne's directorial debut. As of 2014, he has made no other directorial efforts besides this. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Misfire: The Rise and Fall of the Shooting Gallery (2013). See more »
Soundtracks Fearless Misery See more »

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