Infuse your life with action. But what are we to make of their long decades together? After 'Can't-Get-Right' is released to play for the , Ray devises an escape but Claude refuses, upset with the fact that 'Can't-Get-Right' was released without them, leading to an argument that results in Ray and Claude going their separate ways. They both find themselves in big trouble with Spanky, the club owner Rick James , who is in the process of drowning Claude when Ray saves both their lives by talking them into a job: They'll drive a truck to Mississippi and pick up a load of moonshine. Demme has two nice touches for showing the passage of time: Prison inmates are shown simply fading from the screen, and in the early 1970s Claude gets to drive the warden into nearby Greenville, where he sees hippie fashions and his first afro haircut. That prison life has its consolations? But they run into trouble when a crooked lawman hits them with a phony murder charge. He intends to give them a , but dies of a before he can do so. Their characters are likable, their performances are touching, they age well, they survive.
Claude has his attorney cousin, Melvin, appeal against his conviction with his girlfriend Daisy's help, but it is denied, and shortly afterwards he finds out that Daisy has left him for Melvin. 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 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. Ray Gibson and Claude Banks are two New Yorkers in 1932 from two different worlds. It protects your sanity and you need to have boundaries.
In 1997 present day , Ray and Claude are elderly, aged 90 years, living in the prison's infirmary. 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. After all, they've earned it. But it doesn't work that way, and life goes on, decade after decade, while the real world is only hearsay. And yet the more you think about it, the more peculiar the movie seems. Please no more films like Beverly Hills Flop 3 and Holy Man! That apart from that unfortunate lifetime sentence, the white South was actually pretty decent to the two friends? It is the second film that Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence have worked on, the first being.
Ray remains the realist and compromiser, and Claude remains more hotheaded; the warden likes them both and eventually assigns them to his house staff. He was ranked 10 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. And it helps that enchantment of watching an actor. 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. The early scenes move well although why was it necessary to send all the way to Mississippi for moonshine, when New York was awash in bootleg booze during Prohibition? All of the duo's friends are gone either by death or release from prison, except for Willie, now confined to a wheelchair. They are both at a club called Spanky's when Ray picks Claude as his mark to pick-pocket. Don't wait for it to happen.
He was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984 and has worked as a stand-up comedian. That night, the infirmary catches fire, and they seemingly perish in the flames. Twenty-eight years later, in 1972, Ray and Claude are now 65 years old. Ray is a small-time and petty thief, and Claude, an honest, yet often selfish minded man, has just been accepted for a job as a bank teller at First Federal of Manhattan. With a story line as good as this one, it was up to Eddie to see how he could develop it.
Finally, a general point, which needs to be addressed, is that it is so strange how comedy films with far more substance, fail to do well financially. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. And their lives consist of episodes and anecdotes that make good stories--as when the white superintendent's daughter has a black baby, and the super holds the kid up next to every convict's face, looking for the father. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. The cheat is found dead; Claude and Ray are framed by the sheriff who actually killed him and given life in prison. Ray and Claude are given life sentences and shipped off to jail, where they must think of a way to prove their innocence and avoid the brutal guards while battling their biggest enemies -- their opposing personalities. I think it's important to keep your personal life to yourself as much as you can.
Ray and Claude, seeing an opportunity to freedom, try to convince the scout to help let them out as well, as they relate to 'Can't-Get-Right' and get him to play best. Murphy and Lawrence are so persuasive in the movie that maybe audiences will be carried along. Audiences surveyed by gave it a grade B+. The film concludes by revealing the two are again on good terms, living together in. Before they can get back to New York, a man named Winston Hancock , who cheated Ray in a card game with the help of a waitress, is murdered outside of a by the town's sheriff, Warren Pike , who frames Ray and Claude for the murder.
The film's format is a story being told by an elderly inmate about two of his friends, who are both of murder and given a in prison. Around 1944, 12 years later, aged 37 years old, they meet a inmate nicknamed 'Can't-Get-Right' , a talented player and likely was the one to impregnate the Superintendent's daughter when he discovered the baby is biracial. That without the unjust prison term, they would never have had the opportunity to enjoy such a friendship?. I just hope that Eddie Murphy continues in this same vein. The supporting cast includes , , , , , , , , and. They spend the next 65 years trying to escape from prison, while making new friends - Biscuit , Jangle Leg , Radio , Goldmouth , Cookie and Pokerface - and dodging guards Sergeant Dillard and Hoppin' Bob as their own friendship grows. It peaked at 10 on the and 2 on the and was certified platinum with over 1 million copies sold on June 18, 1999.
If this film had a flaw, I think this was it. The movie is ribald, funny and sometimes sweet, and well acted by Murphy, Lawrence and a strong supporting cast. Ray and Claude are given life sentences and shipped off to jail, where they must think of a way to prove their innocence and avoid the brutal guards while battling their biggest enemies -- their opposing personalities. Box-office takes from Murphy's films make him the 5th-highest grossing actor in the United States. During Prohibition, loudmouth Harlem grifter Ray Eddie Murphy and the no-nonsense Claude Martin Lawrence team up on a bootlegging mission to Mississippi that could bring them big bucks. There are no doubts regarding Eddie Murphy's acting ability, yet sometimes I think he sacrifices the script and his role for a cheap laugh when it's not really necessary. The heart of the movie, however, takes place in prison, where after an early scene of hard physical labor, life settles down into baseball games, talent shows and even, at one point, a barbecue.