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  • Actors: Eamonn Walker, Laurence Fishburne, Gregory Hines, Michael Paul Chan, Dominic Chianese Jr.
  • Directors: Laurence Fishburne
  • Writers: Laurence Fishburne
  • Producers: C.J. Follini, David L. Bushell, Donald C. Carter, Helen Sugland, Joseph J. DiMartino
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A9GHJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,810 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Once in the Life" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Eamonn Walker, Gregory Hines, Laurence Fishburne, Dominic Chianese, Jr. A plot to rob a drug dealer leads to disaster for two half brothers. 2000/color/107 min/R.

Customer Reviews

Pretty deep movie, one of Laurence Fishburne best.
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Perfect dialogue without the typical clichés. This movie relied on the actor's talent and it was pulled off.
TREND700
I think Mr. Fishbourn directing and acting was very good.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Me on May 1, 2001
Format: DVD
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "Sam I Am" on December 29, 2009
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TREND700 on March 11, 2010
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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.
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Laurence Fishburne has displayed his talent as an actor in films since the mid 70's. He has memorable performances in the Matrix series and Apocalypse Now and less memorable in Cornbread, Earl, and Me. The point is he has done them and survived in the fickle world of film making.
Now Fishburne writes. This script is not to for the tender ear but if you want to take a walk in the world of the hoodlum and you want to take in style, this film is a delight. The characters are well developed and the plot pulls you right in the room with them.
Emmonn Walker and Titus Welliver put on very good performances as best friend and half brother. The fact that Titus is a white guy makes the half brother thing alittle humorous but it works really well.
The sets were downtown and colorful. The feel was beleivable but at the same time somewhat surreal. I loved the graffitti scenes while Tony was reciting poetry. It shouldn't have fit in a somewhat violent film about a drug steal gone bad; but it did.
Very fine film!
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By Fransheria R Cannon on January 21, 2014
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I purchased this movie because it had Laurence Fishburne in it. Please, do not waist your time, or your money on this one. 2-thumbs down!

Peace~
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By A Customer on October 18, 2013
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this is a great shakespeare feeling movie. fishburn acts great in shakespeare, but i'm prejudice, i love fishburn's work. he did produce and write this movie.
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By curtis cherry on August 29, 2013
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I loved that movie, i love fishbourn, i love gangster movies. At one time it was the way i lived my life, so i can relate.
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By Mboya Wood on June 5, 2013
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This DVD was worth every dime that was paid for it. Item was good. It was received within the time frame that was promised and service was spectacular.
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