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Life
Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence




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Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence team up for a prison comedy underlined by serious social commentary. Rayford Gibson (Murphy), an opportunistic con man, and Claude Banks (Lawrence), an ambitious bank teller, are complete opposites who cross paths in 1930s Harlem. In order to pay off their debts to a local crime lord, the mismatched pair travel into the Deep South on a moonshine delivery only to be framed for murder by a racist Southern cop. Sentenced to life in a Mississippi state prison, the bickering duo spend the next 60 years trading barbs and planning their escape, at the same time forming an unlikely but touching friendship.

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Overview

Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence team up for a prison comedy underlined by serious social commentary. Rayford Gibson (Murphy), an opportunistic con man, and Claude Banks (Lawrence), an ambitious bank teller, are complete opposites who cross paths in 1930s Harlem. In order to pay off their debts to a local crime lord, the mismatched pair travel into the Deep South on a moonshine delivery only to be framed for murder by a racist Southern cop. Sentenced to life in a Mississippi state prison, the bickering duo spend the next 60 years trading barbs and planning their escape, at the same time forming an unlikely but touching friendship.

Main Cast & Crew

Ted Demme - Director
Eddie Murphy
Martin Lawrence
Obba Babatunde
Lisa Nicole Carson
Nick Cassavetes
Noah Emmerich
Poppy Montgomery
Miguel A. Nunez Jr.
Guy Torry
Clarence Williams III

 

Details

DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 100
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192055928
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (strong language and a shooting)
  • Release Date: October 1999

Related Categories:
Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Theatrical Release
Prison
Crime

 

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Reviews:
"...[The stars'] rapport is the very soul of LIFE....It may be Lawrence's [best film]..." - 10/22/1999 Entertainment Weekly, pp.92-3


"...Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Murphy are an entertaining team..." - 04/16/1999 New York Times, p.E9


"...LIFE is a well-written, beautifully cast and very funny buddy movie that perfectly matches the talents of its two leads..." - 06/01/1999 Box Office, p.68


"...The movie is ribald, funny and sometimes sweet, and well acted by Murphy, Lawrence and a strong supporting cast..." - 04/16/1999 Chicago Sun-Times, p.31

 

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