Life is Hot in Cracktown

Overview

Based on writer/director Buddy Giovinazzo's novel of the same name, Life Is Hot in Cracktown explores how crack cocaine infiltrated the streets of urban America by following the journeys of four people whose lives are on a tragic collision course. Pre-op transsexual Marybeth Kerry Washington is working as a prostitute in order to save enough money to make her transformation complete. She lives with her lover, Benny, a small-time burglar, whom she hopes to marry after her final operation. Meanwhile, Manny Victor ...
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Overview

Based on writer/director Buddy Giovinazzo's novel of the same name, Life Is Hot in Cracktown explores how crack cocaine infiltrated the streets of urban America by following the journeys of four people whose lives are on a tragic collision course. Pre-op transsexual Marybeth Kerry Washington is working as a prostitute in order to save enough money to make her transformation complete. She lives with her lover, Benny, a small-time burglar, whom she hopes to marry after her final operation. Meanwhile, Manny Victor Rasuk is busy pulling double shifts while his wife, Concetta Shannyn Sossamon, cares for their sickly infant son in their run-down apartment. By night Manny works at a 24-hour bodega frequented by junkies, drug dealers, and prostitutes, and by day keeps the peace as a security guard at a welfare hotel. One of the residents at that hotel is Willy, a ten-year-old boy who lives with his mother Illeana Douglas and her abusive boyfriend. Willy begs for money on the street so he and Susie can get some fast food. But it's dangerous out there, because volatile gangster Romeo Evan Ross is still searching the streets for his brother's killer, and he won't hesitate to terrorize anyone unfortunate enough to cross his warpath. Lara Flynn Boyle, Brandon Routh, Desmond Harrington, and RZA co-star.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Deleted scenes
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/2009
  • UPC: 013137224294
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Rating:

  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Director's Cut
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 31,251

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kerry Washington Marybeth
Victor Rasuk Manny
Evan Ross Romeo
Shannyn Sossamon Concetta
Lara Flynn Boyle Betty McBain
Brandon Routh Sizemore
Desmond Harrington Benny
RZA Sammy
Ridge Canipe Willy
Illeana Douglas Mommy
Vondie Curtis-Hall Dixon
Thomas Ian Nicholas Chad Wesley
Tony Plana Lou
Hope Olaide Wilson Girl in Closet
Edoardo Ballerini
Mark Webber
Carmine Giovinazzo
Richard Portnow
Technical Credits
Buddy Giovinazzo Director, Screenwriter
Lynn Brannelly-Newman Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Canterna Co-producer
William Fisch Executive Producer, Producer
Russell Jaeger Production Designer
Matter Music Score Composer
Braxton Pope Executive Producer
Larry Rattner Producer
Shilpa Sahi Editor
Lina Todd Casting
Tennessee Travis Co-producer
Kat Westergaard Cinematographer
Melissa Wilfley Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Life Is Hot in Cracktown
1. Opening Credits [:51]
2. Romeo [9:56]
3. Spare Some Change? [9:08]
4. A Different Cry [5:12]
5. Ridley's Surprise [5:21]
6. The Old Man [10:49]
7. Brothers [4:35]
8. Tracking Down Benny [12:31]
9. Token of Friendship [5:11]
10. Family [10:50]
11. Waiting for the Bus [1:04]
12. Mom's Sick [2:07]
13. Not Enough [4:21]
14. God We Need You [6:10]
15. Don't Leave Me [1:00]
16. End Credits [3:31]
1. Inspirations [3:21]
2. A Project Like This [3:16]
3. Working Couple [5:24]
4. Mommy Knows Best [2:11]
5. Romeo, Romeo [2:13]
6. Getting Out of Cracktown [2:29]
7. Compassion [2:48]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Life Is Hot in Cracktown
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      English 5.1
      English 2.0
      Spanish 2.0
   Special Features
      Last Exit Cracktown - Featurette
      Deleted Scenes
         Romeo and the Gang in the Bodega
         Romeo and the Gang at Home
         Concetta Gets a Visit from Her Sister
         Marybeth and Benny on the Bus
         Rough Cut Ending
      Life Is Hot in Cracktown Trailer
      Columbus Day Trailer
      Skeleton Crew Trailer
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