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New Yorkers Ray (Murphy) and Claude (Lawrence) head south on a moonshine run to pay off a debt to a bootlegger (James). Along the way, ther're framed for murder and sentenced to life on a Mississippi prison farm. Through the years, the two develop a deep, but insult-filled friendship while adjusting to prison life and harboring dreams of freedom. Murphy and Lawrence click well as a comic team, and the movie is best when it stays out of their way. The institutionalized racism of the setting is treated superficially, with the prison appearing to be, despite the slave-like work and gun-toting guards, not an entirely horrible place to live.

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Available on Running time 108 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Comedy Drama, American South, Men in Prison, Great Depression, Baseball, The Wrong Man, Buddies, Flashback
Screenplay
Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone
Cast
Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Ned Beatty, Cicely Tyson, Clarence Williams, Obba Babatunde, Bernie Mac, Michael "Bear" Taliferro, Miguel A. Nunez, Bokeem Woodbine, Barry (Shabaka) Henley, Brent Jennings, Guy Torry, Lisa Nicole Carson, O'Neal Compton, Poppy Montgomery, Ned Vaughn, R. Lee Ermey, Nick Cassavetes, Noah Emmerich, Anthony Anderson, Rick James
Cinematography
Geoffrey Simpson
Director
Ted (Edward) Demme
Music
Wyclef Jean

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