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Life Is Hot in Cracktown (2009)

R | | Crime, Drama | 26 June 2009 (USA)
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Various stories of how crack cocaine has infiltrated the inner-city streets.


Buddy Giovinazzo


Buddy Giovinazzo (based on his novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Evan Ross ... Romeo
Stephanie Lugo Stephanie Lugo ... Debbie
Maurice Blake Maurice Blake ... Brazil
Omar Regan ... Cremont
Jeffrey Lorenzo ... Soby
Victor Rasuk ... Manny
Tony Plana ... Lou
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Betty McBain
Melissa Wilfley ... Fay
Ten Travis ... Ceasar
Shannyn Sossamon ... Concetta
Gavin and Noah Enriquez Gavin and Noah Enriquez ... Ramon
Elena Franklin ... Melody Amber
Marci Canipe Marci Canipe ... Melody's Mom
Quddus ... Terrance (as Quddus Philippe)


Various stories of how crack cocaine has infiltrated the inner-city streets.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Be cool. You're so cool. Life is cool in Cracktown.


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, rape, drug content throughout, graphic sexuality, nudity and pervasive language

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


The dude that robs Manny the first time is Carmine Giovinazzo (Detective Danny Messer from CSI: NY (2004)), cousin of the director, Buddy Giovinazzo. See more »


Benny: Marybeth, I know what I am. Don't think for a second that I don't, 'cus I do. Like when I hear you and Ridley talking to some of the other girls, things yous able to talk about
Benny: you're smart, you got schooling, you know things. Me, what do I know... I know that being with me must be like being with a retard. I look in the mirror sometimes, I wonder what you're doin with me. I know you do, too. When the day comes, you find somebody better, 'cus one day that will happen, I ain't gonna give ...
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References Bubble Bobble (1986) See more »

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Bleak portrayal of poverty and misery
18 May 2015 | by dworldeaterSee all my reviews

As a fan of writer/director Buddy Giovanno's bleak low budget horror classic Combat Shock, I sought out this film looking for more of his work. While Life Is Hot... is a drama and Combat Shock is a tweeked out horror film, they do share some similarities. Both films are bleak, depressing and urban. Like Crash this movie links together various characters from this story. However all of these characters all live in the same neighborhood and each has their own set of problems. Buddy humanizes these undesirables and shows many different sides to their everyday existence. The most sympathetic characters in this picture are Marybeth and Benny , a pre op transsexual streetwalker hooker and her hood burglar boyfriend. The least likable of the bunch is Romeo, a ruthless gangbanger on borrowed time. While this little indie film won't appeal to much of a mainstream audience, it has a lot more substance than some of those films that draw people in droves and do huge business. Life Is Hot in Cracktown shows the dark underbelly of urban America in a new light and fresh perspective. Anyone can fall on hard times and the film shows the hopelessness and misery that is a harsh reality for many people. The film is gritty and uncompromising and very real in its approach and vision. Performances are excellent as well. For me the film is a humbling experience. I am thankful that I did not grow up in this environment and that I did'nt have to shake the roaches from my clothing, then go out and hustle so me and my kid sister can eat.

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Release Date:

26 June 2009 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)
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