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Once in the Life
Once in the Life
Actors: Eamonn Walker, Laurence Fishburne, Gregory Hines, Michael Paul Chan, Dominic Chianese Jr.
Director: Laurence Fishburne
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2001     1hr 47min

Separated for years with only a father in common street-smart brothers 20/20 mike and torch retreat to an abandoned new york building in the aftermath of a drug heist gone sour. But when mike summons his former partner ton...  more »


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Actors: Eamonn Walker, Laurence Fishburne, Gregory Hines, Michael Paul Chan, Dominic Chianese Jr.
Director: Laurence Fishburne
Creators: Laurence Fishburne, David L. Bushell, Donald C. Carter, Helen Sugland, Joseph J. DiMartino, Keith Abell, Larry Meistrich
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/27/2001
Original Release Date: 01/01/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2000
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 47min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

A must-see for Titus Welliver fans
Me | Germany | 05/01/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Finally an opportunity for Titus Welliver to let his exceptional skills as an actor sparkle. His portrait of Torch, 20/20 Mike's dangerous, scared and increasingly suffering brother, is so intense and captivating, it makes you forget that you are watching a movie. I don't know why he has not been considered for an Academy Award; he certainly would have deserved it.This is not an easy movie to watch, but the cast, the story and Laurence Fishburne's talent as a story-teller makes it a breathtaking experience for those who enjoy theatrical cinema."
Very Good Movie - I suggest you take a look
ARC | Jersey | 12/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I would suggest anyone take a look. You'll love the variety. The settings are real, there's lots of messages thrown at you with the camera, as well as a timelines through objects, clothes, cars. The point of views are essential and speaks to you or shall I say conveys a message. The dialogue asks you to entertain ideas, point of views, right & wrong and that middle ground, and even more.

It's exciting. It's a story and it's real.

The only other thing I will add is that if a person is not used to being around diverse groups of people, they might make the ignorant comment of saying certain things were unreal, such as a white boy and a half black half hispanic could share the same father, and live in the same hood. You might even question the head of the drug ring and if he would be amongs the people of the hood. But like I said, and like Laurence Fishburne said in, "Hoodlum," 'If you don't know, you don't know.'

But the things in the movie all come together to tell another hood story, but about ground men who were once in the life during their prime, and in the later years still run around trying to be in the mix of things. I wonder if Tony learned his lesson and will pull out, or if he will always be in the life, hmmmmm."
Once in the Life
Arnita D. Brown | USA | 03/11/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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. Perfect dialogue without the typical clichés. This movie relied on the actor's talent and it was pulled off. Laurence Fishburne was superb at playing a career petty criminal. Titus Welliver is fabulous as Fishburne's junky half-brother. I think the best acting in this movie came from Gregory Hines and Michael Paul Chan, they paired perfectly as two of Calderon's henchmen. Great crime drama with very good acting.