Apparently, everyone seeing the trailer can say that this is another Eddie Murphy movie, and more than that, it got Martin Lawrence in it. I can say that this is the best movie with Eddie Murphy I’ve ever seen. I like his acting and his talent, even if he starred in a lot of flops as well. This one, Life, is a profound drama with a rating which is less than deserved. I’m afraid people expected a comedy, maybe quite a typical Murphy comedy, and they were disappointed by watching a serious movie with comedic sequences.
Rayford Gibson (played by Murphy) is a hustler and Claude Banks (played by Lawrence), is an average guy who recently was accepted to work as a bank teller. They happened to be in the same club, and to use the toilet at the same time. With a cheap scam, Murphy picked Lawrence’s wallet and the action begun. It was 1932, a year before Prohibition was abolished, and they both have to face “Spanky”, the club owner, for different reasons; Murphy owned him money from former “deals” and Lawrence couldn’t pay his table bill. He came to the club with his fiancee, to celebrate his job acceptance. Now, Spanky‘s thugs were on the verge to kill the poor guy. Feeling guilty for snatching the wallet, therefore representing the reason Lawrence was tortured before his eyes, Murphy arrange a deal with “the boss”. They were to do some boot-legging from him, and Lawrence would be the driver.
After some unfortunate adventures in the land where black people were themselves prohibited, they end up in The Mississippi State Penitentiary, a labor camp with no fences but not less dangerous. Being innocents, they strive to escape and the movie shows how good people they were after all. Eventually they become friends.
This wonderful and emotional movie, stars Eddie Murphy as Rayford “Ray” Gibson, Martin Lawrence as Claude Banks, Ned Beatty as Dexter Wilkins, Nick Cassavetes as Sergeant DillardBernie Mac as Jangle Leg, Miguel A. Núñez Jr. as Biscuit and a few others as well. It was released in 1999, has just a 6.6 imdb rating (very bad), 108 minutes, has been directed by Ted Demme (Beautiful Girls – 1996, Blow – 2001) ,and written by Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone.
[all pictures are from imdb]
Here you have the Theatrical Trailer. It certainly doesn’t do right for this wonderful movie.
I like Eddie Murphy. It is not obvious here, because I haven’t put my mind yet to write everything on this blog, but it’ll happen. This is the first movie where I noticed Martin Lawrence. So I have looked for more and I found another four or five, but I’ll be safer with three. Stay tuned!
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