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Once In The Life

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Actor Laurence Fishburne makes his debut as a director in this urban drama adapted from his one-act stage play Riff Raff. 20/20 Mike (Fishburne) and his half-brother Torch (Titus Welliver) bump into each other under less than ideal circumstances -- both are in jail, Mike on parole violation and Torch for theft. Torch is a heroin addict who has trouble financing his habit, so when Mike says he has a plan to make some quick money, Torch is more than eager to help. Mike and Torch try to swindle Hector (Andres "Dres"...
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Overview

Actor Laurence Fishburne makes his debut as a director in this urban drama adapted from his one-act stage play Riff Raff. 20/20 Mike (Fishburne) and his half-brother Torch (Titus Welliver) bump into each other under less than ideal circumstances -- both are in jail, Mike on parole violation and Torch for theft. Torch is a heroin addict who has trouble financing his habit, so when Mike says he has a plan to make some quick money, Torch is more than eager to help. Mike and Torch try to swindle Hector (Andres "Dres" Titus), who works with his uncle Freddie Nine Lives (Dominic Chianese Jr.) as a bagman for drug kingpin Manny Rivera (Paul Calderon). While Mike and Torch are able to grab a large cache of money that Hector is carrying for Manny, the plan soon goes haywire and Hector and his men suffer heavy casualties. Mike and Torch go on the lam, while Manny's henchmen find Freddie and beat a confession out of him -- in which he names Mike and Torch as the thieves. Manny wants his money back and hires an enforcer named Tony (Eamonn Walker) to find Mike and Torch and get the cash. To insure that Tony doesn't waste time, Manny holds Tony's wife (Annabella Sciorra) captive until the money is returned. Noted jazz artist Branford Marsalis composed the film's original music score.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/27/2001
  • UPC: 031398761723
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 63,299

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laurence Fishburne 20/20 Mike
Titus Welliver Torch
Eamonn Walker Tony
Dominic Chianese Freddie Nine Lives
Paul Calderon Manny Rivera
Gregory Hines Ruffhouse
Annabella Sciorra Maxine
Michael Paul Chan Buddha
Madison Riley Precious
Tiger Chen Chino
Technical Credits
Laurence Fishburne Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Keith Abell Associate Producer
Charley Beal Production Designer
Thomas Brandau Sound/Sound Designer
David L. Bushell Producer
Stephen Carlis Executive Producer
Donald C. Carter Executive Producer
Paul Cheponis Set Decoration/Design
William Paul Clark Asst. Director
Barry Cole Musical Direction/Supervision
Darryle Johnson Costumes/Costume Designer
Branford Marsalis Score Composer
Larry Meistrich Executive Producer
Bill Pankow Editor
Helen Sugland Producer
Bonnie Timmermann Casting
Richard Turner Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Scene Index
0. Scene Index
1. Main Credits [4:12]
2. Manny [3:17]
3. 20/20 [3:09]
4. Brothers [2:46]
5. Promises [5:12]
6. Cell Mates [2:24]
7. Product [3:37]
8. Reaching Out [2:55]
9. Choices [2:55]
10. First Time. [3:19]
11. Rats [3:47]
12. Bleeding [2:45]
13. Life Story [3:05]
14. Accident [3:57]
15. Business [3:14]
16. Levity [2:39]
17. Foolishness [3:48]
18. Godfather [3:55]
19. Trust [5:00]
20. Dope [4:13]
21. Belief [3:18]
22. Family [2:57]
23. Player [3:59]
24. Beginning [3:41]
25. Withdrawal [3:47]
26. Nothing [3:06]
27. Overdose [4:35]
28. Falling [4:50]
29. First Degree [4:05]
30. End Credits [4:06]
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