High Life (film)

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High Life
High Life poster small.jpg
Directed by Gary Yates
Produced by
Written by Lee MacDougall
Music by Jonathan Goldsmith
Distributed by Union Pictures
Release date
  • 17 February 2009 (2009-02-17) (Berlinale)
  • 15 January 2010 (2010-01-15) (Canada)
Running time
80 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

High Life is a 2009 Canadian film based on the stage play by Lee MacDougall, written by Lee MacDougall and directed by Gary Yates.[1] Starring Timothy Olyphant, Stephen Eric McIntyre, Joe Anderson and Rossif Sutherland, High Life is a comedic heist movie from the flip-side of the '80s consumer dream.[2]


Set in 1983, just after the birth of the Automated Teller Machine, High Life is a story of kinship, loyalty and honour amongst thieves. In a busy downtown hospital, a visit from his former sociopathic cellmate Bug (Stephen Eric McIntyre) has led to Dick (Timothy Olyphant) being fired from his job as a hospital janitor. Unemployed and in need of fast cash Dick gets the idea to rob one of the brand new ATMs, to "buy a little self-respect," announces Dick to Bug and the team. Enter the charismatic, criminally-minded Donnie, (Joe Anderson) and the front-man, the sexy, sleepy-eyed charmer Billy, (Rossif Sutherland) and all of the pieces are in place.[3] "It's a precision job," says Dick the night before the heist: "No violence."

Things do not go according to plan and the unfolding catalogue of disasters that confronts Dick is enough to test any friend’s loyalties as they bungle their way toward a pipe-dream of quick riches. Alternately tragic and hysterical, High Life's perfect plan ends up anything but when one of the bank's employees double-crosses them all. Set against the nostalgic back-beat of Three Dog Night, Creedence Clearwater Revival and a raft of April Wine,[4] High Life's high-wire tension unfolds with calamitous results.




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