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Once in the Life (2000)

Eamonn Walker , Laurence Fishburne , Laurence Fishburne  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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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: #420,328 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Once in the Life" on IMDb

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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.

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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-see for Titus Welliver fans May 1, 2001
By Me
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Movie - I suggest you take a look 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Once in the Life March 11, 2010
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Street Art - Live And In Color July 11, 2004
By W. Cook
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars OH BOY! 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!

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5.0 out of 5 stars once in the life 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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4.0 out of 5 stars must see!! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dark, Engaging Character Study,
This is a gritty movie starring the beautiful underrated actress: Annabella Sciorra. The performances are real. The plot could be better. It is a good movie. I would recommend it.
Published 19 days ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Once In The Life
I have not yet veiwed the DVD, but I like Lawrence Fishburn, so it should enjoyable once I do watch it.
Published 17 months ago by Wendy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
So far so good, haven't watched the entire movie as of yet but Larry has went back to playing the same type of parts before he started calling himself Laurence
Published 19 months ago by NANG
1.0 out of 5 stars Better To See On Cable
Not worth the money to but or rent. Laurence Fishburne an impeccable actor but crappy movie. This is why it was returned
Published 20 months ago by Liz Gee
4.0 out of 5 stars Very intriquing
I bought this movie because I wanted to see more acting from Eamonn Walker. I first saw him in "Cadillac Records." Good movie.
Published 21 months ago by R. Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
enjoyed the hell out of this movie. surprises at every turn. sat on the edge of my seat for most of it.
Published 23 months ago by melissa bartmess
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected gem
I was pleasantly surprised with the look and feel of the movie. I think Mr. Fishbourn directing and acting was very good. Read more
Published on October 23, 2012 by Verbal Kentz
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Pretty deep movie, one of Laurence Fishburne best. Deep Cover is another movie you would enjoy with him in it.
Published on May 7, 2010 by Amazon Customer
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