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, ...
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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
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 »
In the opening credits, the train seen is on the Florida East Coast Railroad, headed southbound into Miami; a few seconds later, he jumps from a different boxcar, from a northbound Seaboard Coast Line train just north of the Intracoastal Waterway drawbridge in Fort Lauderdale, 30 miles away. See more »
Fairly routine Burt Reynolds action film ................
"Stick' is a fairly routine Burt Reynolds action film. I was never convinced that Reynolds motivation, revenging the death of his drug runner friend, felt warranted. The villains are highlighted by a brutal albino, and Charles Durning wearing a ridiculous wig. Cartoon like violence detracts, and were it not for some welcome humor associated with George Segal's flamboyant character, the movie would be totally forgettable. Candice Bergen as Reynolds love interest is cold as ice, and never convincing in her role as a financial adviser to Segal. The choppy editing and lack of any suspense further detracts. I would say that "Stick" is watchable but has little to recommend it. - MERK
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