Life (1999)

Director: Ted Demme

Writer(s): Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Obba Babatundé, Nick Cassavetes, Anthony Anderson, Barry Shabaka Henley, Brent Jennings, Bernie Mac, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Michael Taliferro, Guy Torry, Bokeem Woodbine, Ned Beatty, Lisa Nicole Carson, O’Neal Compton, Noah Emmerich, Rick James, Clarence Williams III, Heavy D, Bonz Malone, Ned Vaughn, R. Lee Ermey, Sanaa Lathan, Allyson Call, Poppy Montgomery, James D. Brubaker, Walter K. Jordan, Brooks Almy, Hal Havins, Hildy Brooks, Kenn Whitaker, Ernie Lee Banks, David Alexander, Johnny Brown, Armelia McQueen, Nate Evans, Todd Everett, Don Harvey, Venus DeMilo Thomas, Zaid Farid, Keith Burke, Kenneth White, Leonard O. Turner, Augie Blunt, Quantae Love, Sean Lampkin, James Emory Jr., Bill Gratton, Reamy Hall, George Hartmann, Zack Helvey, Haskell V. Anderson III, Kimble Jemison, Jordan Mahome, William S. Taylor, Jay Arlen Jones, Oscar Jordan, Jordan Lund, Ronald Moss, Betty Murphy, Walter Powell, Christophe Prévost, Dawn Robinson, Leon Sanders, Steve Boyles, Muhammad Ali, Jimi Hendrix, Martin Luther King, Elvis Presley, Shayne Benton, Sydney ‘Big Dawg’ Colston, Bridget Morrow, Leon Turner

Synopsis: In the mid-1990s, two inmates bury the burned bodies of two lifers at Mississippi’s infamous Parchman Farm; a third old-timer relates their story. They’d served 65 years for a murder they didn’t commit, framed by a local sheriff while buying moonshine whiskey for a Manhattan club owner to whom they owed money. In flashbacks we see this odd couple thrown together (Ray is a fast-talking con man, and Claude is a serious man about to start work as a bank teller), the loss of Ray’s watch (sterling silver, from his daddy), the murder and trial, the hardships of Parchman, and the love-hate relationship of Claude and Ray as they spend 65 years bickering and looking for a way to escape.

Release Date: April 16, 1999 (USA) | Length: 108 min | Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama | MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong language and a shooting.

 

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