Prisonniers sans chaînes ( Canada (French title), France) Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned ( USA (DVD title)) Garantia de Vida ( Brazil) Liberdade Condicionada ( Portugal (video title)) Mit dem Rücken an der Wand ( Germany) Rage de survivre, La ( France) Socrates ( USA (working title)) Socrates Fortlow ( USA (working title)) Varjopuolella ( Finland) Viaies tarahes ( Greece (DVD title)) Zawsze góra ( Poland)
In Los Angeles, the hot-tempered collector of cans Socrates "Socco" Fortlow is an ex-con that has served a long sentence for killing a man and a woman. Now he is trying to build a new life and find a job. However he is discriminated against his age, color and background. His only friend is Right Burke, who is dying of cancer. He also helps a young woman that is having problems with her husband. When Socco meets the boy Darryl, he finds that Darryl lives with a foster family that does not take care of him. Further, he has just witnessed the murder of another boy by a small-time criminal. Socco helps the boy to grow-up while helps Burke and tries to find work at a supermarket.