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Gridlock'd (1997)

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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 <bogursky@erols.com>

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Life is a traffic jam. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Bokeem Woodbine, Tupac Shakur asked Lucy Liu for a date but she turned him down. See more »


Supposed to be Detroit but in one outdoor scene you can see the outline of mountains in the background. 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 »


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Spellbinding! Like watching a biopic about my own street-junkie days!
30 October 1999 | by (San Juan, Puerto Rico) – See all my reviews

From the very first to the very last scenes of this film, I sat immobile, bug-eyed, and completely agog at the sight of my own painfully hopeless experience as a strung-out junk zombie. And I wonder: why did they never screen this film for us in rehab? Not only is "Gridlock'd" an exciting, intelligent, and visually riveting film, it is also dead on the money in its depiction of the excruciating emotional, spiritual, and material bankruptcy of a junkie's living death. Stretch and Spoon are well fleshed-out characters with which I can identify in almost every aspect, and are beautifully portrayed by Shakur and Roth. The true genius of this story is that, despite its grim and uncomfortably blunt treatment of its subject matter, it manages to convey a message of hope that no matter how deeply entrenched in addiction one may be, one CAN break the shackles of substance abuse and realize that one's life is worth saving.

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