Once in the Life

Synopsis: 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?
Genre: Crime, Drama
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

picked me up-- refused to take me

to my destination. Cab driver: No.

My off-duty light was on. This guy got in while I'm stopped

at a red light. Liar. The man

is lying. All right.

Shut up! Shut up! Before I fucking

smack you. You want to fill out

a complaint? I need your name. Michael Williams. What's the problem,

officer? No problem at all. I just have to ask you

a few questions. That's all. What kind

of questions? Just some routine

questions, sir, starting with

your name. I told you before.

Michael Williams. Michael Williams Leon? No, no. Lay-on. What about

my complaint? We'll get to that

in a minute. Date of birth,

October 31, 1967? What's this about? This is about

you, nitwit. Michael Williams Leon? You got a list

of prior arrests dating back 10 years,

but who's counting? I didn't do nothing. Not today, but you

did a bullet on riker's a couple of years ago, and that's

the good news. You want to hear

the bad news? You ain't been to see

your p.O. In two months. Now you know what

that means, don't you? He misses me? Woman: Move it. All you got to do

is call on him. I was going

to see him. Look, don't I at least

get a phone call? I got

something better. Williams!

Come here! I got someone here

I want you to meet. Daddy? What? What? Billy, stay here,

all right? Just going to stay

in the car? All right.

Stay here. Jackie.

Jackie! Hey! Come on, Jackie.

Hey. Hey, come on. Man:

There. Hey, Mikey. Give your daddy

a kiss. Come over here.

Come on. Excuse me, but you

haven't seen this kid but twice

since he's been born. Now all of a sudden,

you want to come around here and play daddy? Jesus,

he's my kid, too, for Christ's sakes.

Come on. That's not what

you said to me when I told you

that I was pregnant. F*ck you, Billy. Whoa! Why you got

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Laurence Fishburne

Laurence John Fishburne III (born July 30, 1961) is an American actor, playwright, producer, screenwriter, and film director. He is known for playing Morpheus in The Matrix trilogy, Jason "Furious" Styles in the 1991 drama film Boyz n the Hood and Tyrone "Mr. Clean" Miller in the 1979 war film Apocalypse Now. For his portrayal of Ike Turner in What's Love Got to Do With It, Fishburne was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. He won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in Two Trains Running (1992), and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in TriBeCa (1993). Fishburne became the first African American to portray Othello in a motion picture by a major studio when he appeared in Oliver Parker's 1995 film adaptation of the Shakespeare play. Fishburne starred in several cult classics, including Deep Cover and King of New York. From 2008 to 2011, he starred as Dr. Raymond Langston on the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and from 2013 to 2015 starred as Special Agent Jack Crawford in the NBC thriller series Hannibal. In 2013, he portrayed Perry White in the Zack Snyder-directed Superman reboot Man of Steel and in 2016 reprised his role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Fishburne played Bill Foster/Goliath in the film Ant-Man and the Wasp, released in 2018 as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. more…

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