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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 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

Henry Gibson, who has a brief silent cameo near the end of the film as the funeral home director who steals King David's watch and ring, is the father of screenwriter James Gibson. 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 »

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Written and Performed by Martin Blasick
Courtesy of Lavish Music
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Interesting concept ......
27 March 2004 | by webcrawlerSee all my reviews

.....but it just misses the mark here. I have been a fan of Donald Goines novels since I was a teen. I have often wondered why so-called gangsta rappers of our generation have glorified fictional icons like Scarface (Al Pacino) when there are better real life examples of hardcore gangstas like Donald Goines and Iceberg Slim who wrote about their turbulent lifestyles in graphic, candid detail in several real-life novels. When I heard about NDA I was excited that maybe someone had finally picked up the ball. Too bad this film falls just short of the mark. It tries very hard to lock onto a theme but comes across as disjointed and rambling. DMX aka Earl Simmons produced, as well as, starred in this flick. DMX's gruff demeanor is well suited for the Donald Goines anti-heros, but he needs to work on the acting skillz a bit. A very good supporting cast of known and not-so-well known actors. All in all I would say that this film is just a small step above the flick Belly -- just a little more violent and very crude. 2 out of 5 stars.


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