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Always Outnumbered (1998)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 21 March 1998
The former prisoner tries to save another's child from repeating of his way.

Director:

Michael Apted

Writers:

Walter Mosley (book), Walter Mosley (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Fishburne ... Socrates Fortlow
Daniel Williams Daniel Williams ... Darryl
Bill Cobbs ... Right Burke
Natalie Cole ... Iula Brown
Laurie Metcalf ... Halley Grimes
Alan Wilder ... Anton Crier
Cicely Tyson ... Luvia
Bridgid Coulter ... Corina M'Shalla
Bill Nunn ... Howard M'Shalla
Isaiah Washington ... Wilfred
Bill Duke ... Blackbird Wills
Kevin Carroll ... Pegus
Jamaal Carter Jamaal Carter ... Phillip
John Toles-Bey ... Stoney Wiley
Brooke Marie Bridges ... Winnie M'Shalla
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Storyline

In Los Angeles, the hot-tempered collector of cans Socrates "Socco" Fortlow is an ex-con that has served a long sentence for killing a man and a woman. Now he is trying to build a new life and find a job. However he is discriminated against his age, color and background. His only friend is Right Burke, who is dying of cancer. He also helps a young woman that is having problems with her husband. When Socco meets the boy Darryl, he finds that Darryl lives with a foster family that does not take care of him. Further, he has just witnessed the murder of another boy by a small-time criminal. Socco helps the boy to grow-up while helps Burke and tries to find work at a supermarket. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In every man's soul hides a hero.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, and some sexuality and violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The cap that Socrates wears throughout the movie reads "90291", the zip code corresponding to the Los Angeles suburb of Venice (roughly 15 miles west of where this movie takes place). The M'Shalla family moves to Venice at the end of the movie after Howard gets a job offer there. See more »

Quotes

Right Burke: [In narration] Socrates Fortlow. His mother named him Socrates because it was a wise man's name. She couldn't teach him how to write, but she could give him the name of someone smart.
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Soundtracks

Chain of Fools
Written by Don Covay (as Dan Covay)
Published by Fourteenth Hour Music Inc., Promptu
Performed by Aretha Franklin
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A superior film with a meaningful message
24 June 2001 | by snake77See all my reviews

This can be a tough video to find, but when I finally did it turned out to be well worth the effort. This is a great film, it rates right up with "Citizen X" as one of the best made for HBO movies. Laurence Fishburne is terrific as Socrates Fortlow, an ex-con living in inner L.A. and attempting to carve a new life for himself while just barely getting by. Fishburne gives the character real grit, anger, and pride, but most of all he shows us a man who is committed to living life honorably after making some very serious mistakes. You can feel the frustration of a man who is trying to live right in a world that is seldom fair, but he won't give in to the temptation to make an easy buck or to compromise his principles. The film is presented as a series of intertwining stories about the people in Fortlow's life, and the other actors in the film are superb - there is never a moment that doesn't feel real. The stories all have meaning - love, prejudice, empathy, sorrow, friendship, honor and death. It's not often that a film says this much without seeming to, and it's not often you see a film this moving. If your video store doesn't have it, be like Socrates and just keep coming back and protesting loudly until they do.


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