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No Way to Live (2016)

TV-14 | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 2017 (USA)
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An interracial teenage couple in the 1950's American South, rob and steal to escape their oppressive town, but when violence erupts they are forced to confront their own dark secrets.





Cast overview, first billed only:
Freya Tingley ... Nora Thompson
Tom Williamson ... Monty
Timothy V. Murphy ... Detective Frank Giddins
Paul Rae ... Earl Thompson
Justin Arnold ... Big Jim
Larry Fessenden ... Jerry
Carla Toutz ... Celia Weaver
Chris Reed ... Cain (as Christopher Douglas Reed)
Ryan Harper Gray ... Detective Bradford
Bonnie Root ... Bea
Duane R. Shepard Sr. ... Bert Derby
Jocelyn Ayanna ... Gladys
Simone Baker ... Young Girl
Mae'son Sharp Mae'son Sharp ... Young Boy
Maria Olsen ... Cain's Mom


It's 1958 Florida and a young girl named Nora is in an unfortunate situation. Her mother is dead, daddy has raped her ever since, and she has been financially trapped. But then this colored boy Monty, selling vacuum cleaners, takes an interest in her. To the point that, even with her daddy pointing a shotgun at him, he returns again. For, unbeknownst to her, she is a familiar face. Written by wherever-i-look

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Crime | Drama | Thriller



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Absolute Must See!
22 July 2017 | by johnlarkin-07290See all my reviews

No Way to Live is a thrilling and memorable film experience.

I rented this film on Amazon because I liked the title. It turned out to be a superbly made suspenseful period noir filled with plenty of twists and turns you'll never see coming.

It's visual flair hearkens back to the classic Douglus Sirk Melodramas of the 50's but the film manages to take what was once old and make it new and fresh again.

The soundtrack flips between period 50's rock and a haunting orchestral score that will keep you engaged and on the edge of your seat.

But the heart of this film are the electrifying performances by Freya Tingley and Tom Williamson, who play an interracial couple on the run in the segregated American South.

Their on screen chemistry is as good as it gets and It was refreshing to see such fleshed out characterization that is all too often missing in today's modern film world.

I'll be looking forward to revisiting this film many times in the years to come.


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