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Cast overview, first billed only:
José Pérez ...
Rainy (as Jose Perez)
Dar Robinson ...
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Don Moyer ...
Lionel (as Don L. Moyer)
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Tourist at Bar
Phanie Napoli ...
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Ernest 'Stick' Stickley returns from prison, and very soon he gets involved with his old friend in a drug-running deal that goes sour. Hired by a rich investor, he tries to walk the line, but trouble follows him throughout as he tries to collect a debt and make up for lost time with his daughter. Stick also finds a new flame with a financial wiz and gets set to enjoy a new life, but Chucky and Nestor, the two hoods who owe him the debt, have other plans for Stick. Written by Nick <>

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It's his last chance. And he's going to fight for it.


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Release Date:

26 April 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jugando con fuego  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Elmore Leonard, screenwriter and writer of the novel upon which this film is based, apparently disowned it after Universal Pictures ordered extensive re-shoots. Leonard was very critical of star/director Burt Reynolds for what Leonard perceived as Reynolds' not fighting Universal hard enough to prevent the studio from doing it. See more »


Mokie's revolver has no bullets when he shoots Cornell and when he holds it on Stick. See more »


Barry Braham: What's a boomerang that dosen't come back ?It's a Stick.
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References Short Eyes (1977) See more »


Harbor Lights
Written by Jimmy Kennedy (as J. Kennedy) and Will Grosz (as H. Williams)
Performed by Monica Lewis
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Burt Reynolds returns as Stick!
15 December 2001 | by (Northeastern US) – See all my reviews

This movie is based on Elmore Leonard's novel of the same name, but for those looking for the novel while waiting for the movie to reappear on television or on order from Amazon, don't bother, unless you're a fan of Elmore Leonard's work. While Mr. Leonard should be given more than due credit for his adaptation to movie, the real work was done by Mr. Reynolds, who plays the character true to form.

I have to admit that one reason I love this film is because of its leading lady. Ms. Bergen seems to be able to play her own character in this film, rather than playing off Burt's character. Two of the best scenes are the one where she sums up the movie producer's porposal as fraud, and of course the intimate scene in her bedroom with Burt's character.

I am old enough to remember when this movie came out in the theaters. One review in a popular men's magazine at the time panned the movie, largely faulting Burt's performance (as I interpreted the review). Having been a fan of Mr. Reynolds films for many years, I was glad to see that he didn't seem to take such reviews to heart at the time, and continues to entertain us, even today.

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