Sheriff, Life Imprisonment, Flashback, Watch, Criminal
DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Color, Black and White
Prison Film, Buddy Film, Tragi-comedy
Prison Life, Miscarriage of Justice, Flight of the Innocent, Race Relations, Redemption, Social Injustice, Witnessing a Crime, Police Corruption
Sentimental, Humorous, Bittersweet, Ironic
Has Detailed Data (New)
10, 1, 2, 3
US Box Office
Country Of Origin
Life is a 1999 American comedy film written by Robert Ramsey & Matthew Stone and directed by Ted Demme. The film stars Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. The supporting cast includes Obba Babatundé, Bernie Mac, Anthony Anderson, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Bokeem Woodbine, Guy Torry and Barry Shabaka Henley. The film's format is a story being told by an elderly inmate about two of his friends, who are both wrongly convicted of murder and given a life sentence in prison. The film was the last R-rated role to date for Eddie Murphy, who has stuck mainly to family-friendly films since.
False-Conviction, Frame-Up, Inmate, Life-Sentence, Prison-Camp, Moonshine, Friendship, Flight of the Innocent, Miscarriage of Justice, Police Corruption, Prison Life, Race Relations, Redemption, Social Injustice, Witnessing a Crime, Poker, Prison, Southern U.S., African American, Pie, Surprise Ending, Profanity, Prison Violence, Pump Action Shotgun, Winchester Rifle, Repeating Rifle, Comic Violence, Violence, Bare Knuckle Fighting, Fistfight, Prison Fight, Bully, Great Depression, Held At Gunpoint, Friendship Between Men, F Word, Baseball, Bully Comeuppance, Obesity, False Accusation, Racist, Racial Injustice, Prison Labor, Prison Guard, Prison Farm, Prison Escape, Prison Cell, New York City, Jail, Fat Man, Escape Attempt, Death, Black Humor, Affection, 1990s, 1930s, Bootlegging, Bootlegger, Bootleg Liquor, Interracial Relationship, Segregation, Crop Duster, Racism, Bloopers During Credits
Wiki Bio Text
Comedians Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence team up for a story that wouldn't appear to have many immediate humorous possibilities -- two men serving life sentences in prison for a crime they did not commit. Life opens in Harlem in 1932, where Ray Gibson (Eddie Murphy) is a small-time con man in debt to Spanky, a gangster (Rick James). Ray spots would-be bank teller Claude Banks (Martin Lawrence) at a gambling spot and, figuring him for an easy mark, lifts his wallet -- only to discover Claude is broke. Ray and Claude's mutual need to raise some cash brings them together when Spanky offers them a job bringing back a load of moonshine from bootleggers in the deep south. However, things don't go well for Ray and Claude, and they're arrested by a sheriff in Mississippi who recently killed a man and needs someone on whom he can hang the charge. Since Ray and Claude are black, from out of town and have been caught red-handed with a load of illegal liquor, the sheriff figures they're easy pickings and frames them for the murder. Soon the two men are inmates in a Southern work camp, where they spend the next 55 years learning to get along with the other inmates, avoiding the wrath of the guards, seeing younger prisoners come and go and never losing hope that someday, somehow, their innocence will be proven and they'll be released. Life is the second screen pairing for Murphy and Lawrence, who also shared screen time in 1992's Boomerang, and was scripted by Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone from an original idea by Murphy. The supporting cast includes Ned Beatty, Clarence Williams III, Bernie Mac, Nick Cassavetes and R. Lee Ermey.
In the mid-1990s, two inmates bury the burned bodies of two lifers at Mississippi's infamous Parchman Farm; a third old-timer relates their story. They'd served 65 years for a murder they didn't commit, framed by a local sheriff while buying moonshine whiskey for a Manhattan club owner to whom they owed money. In flashbacks we see this odd couple thrown together (Ray is a fast-talking con man, and Claude is a serious man about to start work as a bank teller), the loss of Ray's watch (sterling silver, from his daddy), the murder and trial, the hardships of Parchman, and the love-hate relationship of Claude and Ray as they spend 65 years bickering and looking for a way to escape.
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The story of wrongfully convicted men (Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence) who discover the value of life after serving 65 years in prison.
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