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Never Die Alone (2004)

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A drug kingpin's return home touches off a turf war.

Director:

Ernest R. Dickerson (as Ernest Dickerson)

Writers:

Donald Goines (novel), James Gibson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
DMX ... King David
Michael Ealy ... Michael
Drew Sidora ... Ella
Antwon Tanner ... Blue
Robby Robinson Robby Robinson ... Man in Apartment
Luenell ... Jasper (as Luenell Campbell)
David Arquette ... Paul
Clifton Powell ... Moon
Wealthy Linn Gener Wealthy Linn Gener ... Asian Girl
Jeff Sanders Jeff Sanders ... Sentry Guard #1
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Rockie
Shakira Vanise Gamble Shakira Vanise Gamble ... Co-Worker
Big Daddy Wayne Big Daddy Wayne ... Red
Damion Poitier ... Alvin
Eric Payne ... Orderly
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Storyline

A film noir centering around a hard-boiled, stylish kingpin drug dealer, called King David, who returns to his hometown seeking redemption--but ends up only finding violent death. King David's final moments are spent with Paul, an aspiring journalist who knew him for just a few minutes; yet King David would forever more have an impact on Paul's life. Half preacher, half Satan, and all street smarts, King David had recorded the story of his exploits on audiotape, leaving behind an often-poetic sermon on villainy and its consequences. The tapes reveal that the cycle of violence and retribution, which his actions have spawned, has come back to him, full circle, as he suspected they might all along. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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No king rules forever.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Fox Searchlight

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chronique mortelle See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,089,993, 28 March 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,644,575, 6 June 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is based on a book written by Donald Goines. Same title. See more »

Quotes

King David: We reap what we sow, that's what the bible says. Payback's a muthafucka, I think James Brown said that. Same shit, we all know the story... or at least we pretend that we do...
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Connections

References Scarface (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Vivaldi: Nisi Dominus R608: 4. Cum Dederit (Andante)
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Brandenburg Orchestra of Australia
Conducted by Paul Dyer and featuring Andreas Scholl - Tenor
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophone GmbH, Hamburg
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Decent flick
17 January 2006 | by tricksixxxSee all my reviews

I watched this movie expecting nothing. I was actually surprised by how good DMX could pull off his role as the King. This movie really shows the gritty, nasty truth of drug induced violence. There are no good people in this film, and there are no heroes to speak of. There are just ugly, evil, menacing things and people sewn completely through any attempt at good morals. This movie definitely hold no bars on how far it goes. It shows practically rape, murders of innocents, hard drugs, and intentionally making someone you love addicted to heroin. DMX truly shows the King as an evil and god-awful person and by the end of the movie, it is quite satisfying to connect it to the beginning. I can't say this is a great movie because there aren't any redeeming values to it, and there is really no point in it. It does however chill your bones in it truthfulness, and sparks an issue that can be debated after the movie is complete. Decent job guys, but give us a point and a good guy in there! 6/10


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