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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
Tom Towles ...
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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Good time to kick.. Bad day to pick. 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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1.85 : 1
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According to producer Damian Jones, Tupac Shakur was also making music videos and recording music every day after filming. The producers convinced Shakur to cut back on his musical activities because his exhaustion was affecting his performance. See more »


When Spoon and Stretch are running from the drug dealers, the mic is reflected in a window. 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 »


References La Haine (1995) 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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