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MPAA Rating - R

    107 Minutes


Original Release Date:
    Mar 27, 2001

    Laurence Fishburne

    Laurence Fishburne, Titus Welliver, Eamonn Walker, Dominic Chianese, Paul Calderon

Movie Summary
Actor Laurence Fishburne makes his debut as a director in this urban drama adapted from his one-act stage play Riff Raff. 20/20 Mike (Fishburne) and his half-brother Torch (Titus Welliver) bump into each other under less than ideal circumstances -- both are in jail, Mike on parole violation and Torch for theft. Torch is a heroin addict who has trouble financing his habit, so when Mike says he has a plan to make some quick money, Torch is more than eager to help. Mike and Torch try to swindle Hector (Andres Dres Titus), who works with his uncle Freddie Nine Lives (Dominic Chianese Jr.) as a bagman for drug kingpin Manny Rivera (Paul Calderon). While Mike and Torch are able to grab a large cache of money that Hector is carrying for Manny, the plan soon goes haywire and Hector and his men suffer heavy casualties. Mike and Torch go on the lam, while Mannys henchmen find Freddie and beat a confession out of him -- in which he names Mike and Torch as the thieves. Manny wants his money back and hires an enforcer named Tony (Eamonn Walker) to find Mike and Torch and get the cash. To insure that Tony doesnt waste time, Manny holds Tonys wife (Annabella Sciorra) captive until the money is returned. Noted jazz artist Branford Marsalis composed the films original music score. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide


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