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Lift (2001)

Niecy lives in inner-city Boston but works at an upscale mall. Ambitious, intelligent, stylish, and a proficient shoplifter of clothes and credit cards, she's lured into a diamond heist. She'll find that crime pays - 'til the payback.

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DeMane Davis (screenplay), DeMane Davis (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kerry Washington ... Niecy
Lonette McKee ... Elaine
Eugene Byrd ... Angelo
Barbara Montgomery ... France
Samantha Brown Samantha Brown ... Camille
Sticky Fingaz ... Quik
Todd Williams ... Christian
Jacqui Parker Jacqui Parker ... Aunt Lily
Naheem Allah Naheem Allah ... Uncle Michael
Susan Alger Susan Alger ... Shelly
Annette Miller ... Miss Kearns
Sean Conant Sean Conant ... Mac
Georgia Lyman ... Kira
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matty Blake ... Police Officer
Bo Cleary Bo Cleary ... Police officer
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Storyline

This feature takes us into the world of "boosters" or shoplifters where a charismatic, intelligent young female booster from a dysfunctional family, notably her mother and grandmother, engages in the illegal occupation of shoplifting. A non-stereotypical view of how problematic family relations fed her foray into a criminal profession. Written by L. J. Allen-2

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Crime pays... 'til the payback.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and drug content
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Goofs

Following the funeral when Niecy is arguing with her mother at France's, the bag on the table is up, down, and up from cut to cut. See more »

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Written and Performed by Dujeous
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Inspired and remarkable. Put simply--this film is breathtaking.
9 February 2001 | by bwilliams-1See all my reviews

If I never see another film, my thirst for sincere and captivating performances will be quenched by the shining Ms. Washington and the amazing Barbara Montgomery. This film, despite its rather gloomy setting, is eventually all about redemption and hope. The stories of those in Lift are noble, real narratives about love, courage, and transformations. This powerful film makes a fitting and powerful commentary about the dangers of materialism and about internalizing mainstream (read: white) notions of beauty and worth, especially for those in the African American community.


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