6.5/10
1,341
40 user 6 critic

The Stickup (2002)

R | | Action, Crime, Mystery | May 2002 (USA)
It's a quiet little town where nothing happens - until the day the bank is hit for half a million dollars by a thief wearing a clowns mask.

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $4.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

I Witness (2003)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After 27 bodies are discovered in a collapsed tunnel in Tijuana, a man tries to unravel the mystery before becoming the next victim.

Director: Rowdy Herrington
Stars: Jeff Daniels, James Spader, Portia de Rossi
Dream Lover (1993)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A successful businessman tries to uncover what is wrong with his wife.

Director: Nicholas Kazan
Stars: James Spader, Mädchen Amick, Fredric Lehne
White Palace (1990)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Max Baron (James Spader) is a 27-year-old high-flying advertising executive still recovering from the death of his wife. One night he is in a bar when he meets Nora Baker (Susan Sarandon), ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Mandoki
Stars: Susan Sarandon, James Spader, Jason Alexander
Bad Influence (1990)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Michael, a wimpy young executive, is about to get pulverized by a jealous boyfriend in a bar when a handsome, mysterious stranger steps in--and then disappears. Later that night, while ... See full summary »

Director: Curtis Hanson
Stars: Rob Lowe, James Spader, Lisa Zane
Jack's Back (1988)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A serial killer in Los Angeles celebrates Jack the Ripper's 100th birthday by committing similar murders and only one has a chance of stopping him.

Director: Rowdy Herrington
Stars: James Spader, Cynthia Gibb, Jim Haynie
Tuff Turf (1985)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The new kid in school must battle a gang of street toughs after stealing the gang leader's girl.

Director: Fritz Kiersch
Stars: James Spader, Kim Richards, Paul Mones
Critical Care (1997)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Werner Ernst is a young hospital resident who becomes embroiled in a legal battle between two half-sisters who are fighting over the care of their comatose father. But are they really ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: James Spader, Kyra Sedgwick, Helen Mirren
True Colors (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Best friends from law school to election night, their friendship is sorely tested when one learns of another's betrayal.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: John Cusack, James Spader, Imogen Stubbs
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

When a young man accidentally kills someone, he is plunged into a rich man's world of blackmail, betrayal, adultery and ...murder.

Director: Rich Cowan
Stars: Matthew Davis, James Spader, Aidan Quinn
Storyville (1992)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

While investigating his own blackmailing, a young politician uncovers his family's deep secrets.

Director: Mark Frost
Stars: James Spader, Joanne Whalley, Jason Robards
The Watcher I (2000)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

David Allen Griffin is a cool killer- time and time again, he chooses a female victim, studies her for weeks till he knows her routine to the smallest detail, makes meticulous preparations ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Charbanic
Stars: James Spader, Keanu Reeves, Marisa Tomei
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A bachelor afraid of marriage angers his long-time girlfriend by buying a splendid townhouse just for himself, only to find it haunted by the ghosts of a famous theatrical couple, who teach... See full summary »

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: James Spader, Polly Walker, Michael Caine
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Natalie Wright
...
Ray DeCarlo
...
FBI Agent Rick Kendall
...
Lt. Vincent Marino
...
Mike O'Grady (as Alfred E. Humphreys)
...
Arlen Morris
...
Roy Freeman
...
Steve Spizak
...
Tommy Meeker
...
Harris
Cindy Maines ...
Female Teller
...
Dr. Alvarez
...
Farm Woman
Chief Leonard George ...
Chief Samson Redcloud (as Leonard George)
Edit

Storyline

It's a quiet little town where nothing happens - until the day the bank is hit for half a million dollars of Indian casino money by a thief wearing a clowns mask. From here the story follows a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse between bank robber and former cop Parker (James Spader) and small-town police officer Ray DeCarlo (David Keith) determined to catch him. Parker doesn't help himself by holing up with a nurse who happens to be DeCarlo's former wife. Throw in a rookie FBI agent, Indians who want their money back, some former friends of Parker who are not so friendly anymore and his fate seems sealed. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

May 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Stick Up  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

During the drug raid Officer Steve Spizak uses his left hand on the shotgun trigger as if he was left handed but during the later lakeside cabin shootout he is using the shotgun as if he was right handed. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
finally, a very meticulous thriller-with-a-twist
19 February 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An apparently disturbed/depressed loner is on the run after a daring bank heist. He meets a woman who sympathizes with his vulnerability and they begin a relationship which becomes jeopardized when she comes to suspect that he is the murderous stickup man. To say more could jeopardize your enjoyment of this movie.

I had sadly resigned myself, before viewing this flick, to the fact that the the chances of finding a good mystery or thriller any more are close to nil. Writing tends to be dreadful, story lines implausible and hackneyed, and the obligatory twists and "surprises" either predictable or preposterous. But here we have a nicely written and very cleverly constructed thriller-mystery whose twist is unexpected and ingeniously constructed. The technique of ongoing narrative flashbacks is most often clumsy and confusing. But in this movie the same technique is very meticulously realized and is essential to the bend in the story line that the film depends on for its punch as an exceptionally engaging thriller.

And don't be put off by the somewhat deliberate pace of the first third of the film. It's crucial to what this movie is about. Given the dismal standards that prevail in this film genre, I say this one merits a 10 out of 10.


30 of 31 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?