Always Outnumbered

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Socrates Fortlow (Laurence Fishburne) has just finished a stint in prison and settles into a new life in Los Angeles. Determined to live on the straight and narrow, Socrates looks for work but finds himself competing with younger, stronger men for menial jobs. He befriends his elderly neighbor, Right Burke (Bill Cobbs), and tries to help Darryl (Daniel Williams), a young boy in danger of ending up in prison. Socrates also starts a relationship with Iula (Natalie Cole) that quickly turns serious.

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Laurence Fishburne
Socrates Fortlow
Bill Cobbs
Right Burke
Natalie Cole
Iula Brown
Laurie Metcalf
Halley Grimes
Bill Nunn
Howard M'Shalla
Daniel Williams
Darryl
Bridgid Coulter
Corina M'Shalla
Laurence Fishburne
Executive Producer
Walter Mosley
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Critic Reviews for Always Outnumbered

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  • HBO came through with ''Always Outnumbered,'' which featured a coolly graceful performance by Laurence Fishburne as a heroic ex-convict.

    September 12, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Fishburne stands up well under the weight of all this symbolism. He is abetted in his dialogue with corrupted Platonic ideals by a crafty Cobbs, an exasperated Cole, a super-respectable Tyson, and Bill Nunn and Laurie Metcalf.

    February 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Always Outnumbered

  • Oct 19, 2009
    Oh this is an impossible film for me to review. It's based on one of my favouritest books, "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" by Walter Mosley and I like it so much, I can't view this film impartially at all. I might be recommending a made-for-tv-movie clunker here, I honestly can't tell, I'm just so pleased they put the big man up on the big screen... look, it's brilliant! Laurence Fishburne nails the role! Watch this film!! Sigh, ok, try to be impartial for one minute.... Always Outnumbered is a series of short stories (or one story with lots of bits to it) about fifty something ex-con Socrates Fortlow and the people he knows. Even though he doesn't wear a shiny costume and he can't fly, Socrates is a hero, though he'd not thank you for describing him like that, he's just trying to get by as best he can .... nope, I give up. Just read the book, ok? Or see the film. Or either. Or both! Watch it! It's brilliant!! etc etc
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  • May 16, 2007
    This aired on Australian television as: <i>Socrates</i>. I found the story very enthralling and down to earth, even if somewhat romanticised.<br><br><a href=/actor/laurence-fishburne>Laurence Fishburne</a> plays this hard, no BS character very well and carries the entire film with his performance.
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