Gridlock'd (1997)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  29 January 1997 (USA)
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After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Woodson
Blind Man
Cop #1
Eric Payne ...
Cop #2
D-Reper's Henchman
James Shanta ...
Patrolman #1
Jim O'Malley ...
Patrolman #2
Officer #1


After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, as they are shuffled from one office to another while being chased by drug dealers and the police. Written by Andy Bogursky <>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for graphic drug use, pervasive strong language, some violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 January 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az utolsó belövés  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,603,049 (USA) (31 January 1997)


$5,479,037 (USA) (21 February 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vondie Curtis-Hall originally offered the part of Spoon to Laurence Fishburne. But Curtis-Hall could not afford Fishburne's salary. The part was also offered to Don Cheadle and Forest Whitaker. See more »


When main characters are in the diner for "breakfast", the TV news broadcast from the kitchen shows the announcer doing station identification as "KMT" ... they're supposed to be in Detroit, east of the Mississippi River, where station IDs start with a "W" ... stations west of the Mississippi start w/ a "K". See more »


[first lines]
Alexander 'Stretch' Rawland: I'm thinking about getting a penis implant.
Ezekiel 'Spoon' Whitmore: Get the fuck out of here.
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Crazy Credits

For Tupac "One Love" R.I.P. See more »


Edited into The N Word (2004) See more »


Joy To The World
Arranged by Robert J. Walsh
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Sober, in-your face reflection of reality mixed with dark comedy.
16 July 2003 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

Recently I saw `Gridlock'd' on BET, in edited format - however I enjoyed this movie great deal. On one hand, it describes the unpredictable and often dangerous lives of drug addicts - dealing with murder, overdoes, unemployment, STDs, etc. - in doing so it once again explicates the consequences of substance abuse. On the other hand - it depicts the absurdity of government bureaucracy and healthcare system in USA. Although being Canadian myself and enjoying privileges of "free" healthcare, one can still relate to the misfortunes of this movie's protagonists in their search to end their deadly habit - in their losing fight against "the system". Acting is expectedly good - Tim Roth does his usual swaggy/ cool style, even with his character's boundaries; while the viewer enjoys one of the last appearances by the "fallen soldier", controversial rapper Tupac Shakur, whose main fascination was dealing with social issues such as the themes of this movie. Some interesting cameos too, not to spoil, I won't elaborate. Even watching edited version, I figured out that there is high amount of profanities and violence involved - however, I believe that is prudent to explicate the social issues of this movie. Good acting, believable/dynamic story; and although not a family movie, a definite "must" to any (PG14+) movie fan.


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