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
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Fishburne's acting carries the day in this one, as he plays an ex-con, troubled by his conscience and the memories of his past misdeeds, striving to live a new life by a strict code. Basically the story of a man with a troubled past, trying to reinvent himself and redeem himself through helping others. Low production values, almost a made for TV type production, but worth a look for the performances and a glimpse into the rough life of the more marginalized in this society.