Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned [DVD] [1998]

Michael Apted directs Laurence Fishburne in Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, which comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo, and a Spanish soundtrack has been provided in Dolby Digital Mono. Subtitles are accessible in all three of those languages as well. Supplemental materials include biographies of the cast and crew. This is a fine disc from HBO/Rysher.
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  • Chapter selections
  • Languages
  • Subtitles
  • Cast & crew bios
  • Closed Captioned


Always Outnumbered
Michael Apted (Gorillas in the Mist) directed this Walter Mosley script adaptation of Mosley's short story collection, Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned. Ex-con Socrates Fortlow (Laurence Fishburne) returns to L.A., looks for work, becomes friends with Right Burke (Bill Cobbs), is told he's too old for a construction job, helps youngster Darryl (Daniel Williams), and romances cafe-owner Iula Brown (Natalie Cole). Socrates provides a moral uplift to the neighborhood, while Burke's voiceover narration has a Sunset Boulevard twist. The TV movie premiered March 21, 1998 on HBO. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Laurence Fishburne
    Laurence Fishburne - Socrates Fortlow
  • Bill Cobbs
    Bill Cobbs - Right Burke
  • Natalie Cole
    Natalie Cole - Iula Brown
  • Bill Duke
    Bill Duke - Blackbird Wills
  • Laurie Metcalf
    Laurie Metcalf - Halley Grimes

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