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The Life (2004)

Two Canadian cops start videotaping the drug scene in Vancouver.

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Lynne Stopkewich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Greenwood ... Arnie
Brian Markinson ... Tony
Alisen Down ... Crystal
Nancy Sivak Nancy Sivak ... Rose
Terry Chen ... Daryl
Ian Tracey ... Matt
Duncan Fraser ... McTavish
John Cassini ... Victor Pinto
Katharine Isabelle ... Amber Reilly
Nicholas Campbell ... John Reilly
James Crescenzo James Crescenzo ... Constable (as Jim Crescenzo)
Jada Stark Jada Stark ... Crack Addict #1
Glen Gould ... Crack Addict #2
Tim Fanning Tim Fanning ... Bagpiper
Melanie Blackwell ... Suzie
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Storyline

Arnie and Tony are partnered Vancouver police officers. They were raised in the Downtown Eastside, where they now walk the beat. The Downtown Eastside is now the poorest neighbourhood in Canada and is riddled with open drug use. They want to be a small part of the neighbourhood's redemption. The current mentality on the force regarding the drug war is to "arrest the dealers, chase the addicts and pretend it's getting better". Using an addict in person at a high school outreach talk gives Arnie and Tony the idea to film real people telling real stories about life in the neighbourhood as an effective way to get the message out to kids about the dangers of even trying drugs. The video ruffles some feathers both amongst the addicts and the police force. Arnie and Tony take it hard when one of the regulars of the neighbourhood and a key part of the video dies; they feel they need to do something grand to acknowledge the lives of the forgotten. Written by Huggo

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Two cops, two choices... look the other way or break the rules...

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2005 (USA) See more »

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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Rough Side of the Mountain
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Arranged by Chris Haddock, Simon Kendall
Performed by Kim Hawthorne (vocals), Chancz Perry (background vocals), Simon Kendall (organ & piano)
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Excellent movie. I can't say enough good things about it.
4 November 2007 | by DahliaBabeSee all my reviews

Hi-ee everyone reading this,

Being a Transsexual escort in Montreal, Quebec, i have only heard of Vancouver's Downtown East Side. I never knew what it was like. No idea at all.

I saw "The Life" on TV last night and i was totally in awe. It is an amazing movie. It made me cry too, i was so touched. After seeing this film, i feel like i was actually there, in person. The acting is great, the setting is as dreary as the place can be. I can only wish that the Vancouver Police Force officers are really as caring and sensitive to these people in real life as they were in this movie. I wondered also if these people acting as junkies were real-life junkies. That's how good this film is, and realistic, too.

Much love.

Dahlia Babe Ailhad

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