Once in the Life

Once in the Life (2000)

  • Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
  • Release Date: 2000-10-27
  • User Rating: 5.7/10 from 5 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 47min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Shooting Gallery
  • Production Country: United States of America
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Once in the life (of drug dealing and organized crime), can anyone get out? During a brief jail stay, two half-brothers, who have rarely seen each other while growing up, connect. One of them, called 20/20 Mike because he can sense people nearby, concocts a scheme in which the two of them will steal some dope from young couriers. The heist goes awry when Billy, the junkie brother, shoots the victims of the theft. The brothers hole up in an abandoned building, and 20/20 Mike seeks help from an old cell mate, Tony, whom he thinks is out of the life. It turns out that they have stolen Tony's dope, and Tony's boss wants the two thieves dead. Is there any way out? Written by

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Writing Laurence Fishburne Screenplay
Directing Laurence Fishburne Director
Production Laurence Fishburne Producer
Writing Laurence Fishburne Writer
Production Bonnie Timmermann Casting
Editing Bill Pankow Editor
Costume & Make-Up Darryle Johnson Costume Design
Art Charley Beal Production Design
Production David L. Bushell Producer
Production Helen Sugland Producer
Camera Richard Turner Director of Photography
Sound Branford Marsalis Music
Costume & Make-Up Kim Wilcox Assistant Costume Designer
Directing Eva Z. Cabrera Script Supervisor
Camera Stephen Consentino Steadicam Operator
Camera Gene Page Still Photographer
Costume & Make-Up Kenneth Walker Key Hair Stylist
Art Diann Duthie Art Direction
Art Paul Cheponis Set Decoration
Art Jordan West Set Decoration
Art Bruce Eric Dunkins Art Department Assistant
Art Kenneth Hammer Construction Coordinator
Camera Abe Schrager Camera Operator
Camera David S. Tuttman Camera Operator
Camera Jonas Steadman First Assistant Camera
Camera Aurelia Winborn First Assistant Camera
Costume & Make-Up Deborah Taylor Makeup Artist