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Uwe Boll (written by)
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A heated game of poker causes three men incarcerated for nonviolent offenses to brutalize their cellmate before taking drastic measures in order to cover up their crime. | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Directed by
Uwe Boll 
 
Writing credits
Uwe Boll (written by)

Produced by
Uwe Boll .... producer
Dan Clarke .... producer (as Daniel Clarke)
Michael Grudman .... associate producer
Jonathan Shore .... executive producer
Matthias Triebel .... executive producer
Shawn Williamson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jessica de Rooij 
 
Cinematography by
Mathias Neumann (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Thomas Sabinsky 
 
Production Design by
Shane Vieau 
 
Set Decoration by
Shane Vieau 
 
Costume Design by
Aieisha Li  (as Aieisha Li Louis)
 
Makeup Department
Tanya Howard .... key makeup artist
Leah Schweiger .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Dan Clarke .... production manager (as Daniel Clarke)
Jonathan Shore .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bryan C. Knight .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Eric 'Rico' Hargreaves .... carpenter (as Eric Hargreaves)
Christine Houtman .... scenic painter
Robert Houtman .... head painter
Jeff Jordan .... lead carpenter (as Geoff Jordan)
Clive Joslin .... carpenter
Jesse Joslin .... construction coordinator
Keith McCulloch .... foreman
Tyler Page .... property master
Barry Rennie .... carpenter
Michael Sullivan .... scenic painter
Kennedy Telford .... dresser
 
Sound Department
Kevin Belen .... sound re-recording mixer
Simon Bright .... boom operator
Maarten Buning .... additional sound design
Ken Cade .... sound designer
Hugo DeLaCerda .... sound re-recording mixer (as Hugo De La Cerda)
Graeme Hughes .... sound re-recording mixer
Jordan Ivey .... backgrounds editor
Jason Mauza .... foley editor
Mark Noda .... sound mixer
Kevin Townshend .... dialogue editor
 
Special Effects by
Jak Osmond .... special effects coordinator
 
Stunts
Ed Anders .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stefan Burianyk .... best boy grip
T.C. Chapman .... gaffer (as Tracey [TC] Chapman)
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer
Leigh Jenkins .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Russell Lewis .... lamp operator
Jason Lexa .... best boy electric
Marty Naucler .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Vince Phillips .... key grip
Jim Stacey .... camera operator: "a" camera
Scott Wallace .... video assist operator
 
Editorial Department
David Armstrong .... lab timer
Deirdre Bennett .... digital intermediate producer: Technicolor Creative Services, Vancouver (as Deirdre Kelly)
James Cowan .... digital intermediate manager: Technicolor Creative Services, Vancouver
Michelle Grady .... account executive: Technicolor Creative Services, Vancouver
Jay Harada .... digital intermediate editor: Technicolor Creative Services, Vancouver
Kate Kroll .... post-production coordinator
Rhys Lloyd .... digital intermediate producer: Technicolor Creative Services, Vancouver
Ken MacKenzie .... imaging technician: Technicolor Creative Services, Vancouver (as Ken Mackenzie)
Warren Mazutinec .... first assistant editor
David Robinson .... titling: Technicolor Creative Services, Vancouver
Thor Roos .... digital intermediate colorist: Technicolor Creative Services, Vancouver
Michael Shapcotte .... digital intermediate systems administrator: Technicolor Creative Services, Vancouver
 
Transportation Department
Gordon Alyward .... transport coordinator (as Gord Alyward)
 
Other crew
Denise Bonney .... legal assistant
Joel Bradley .... first assistant production coordinator
Joseph S. Condon .... security (as Joe Condon)
Sarah Crawford .... post-production accounting: Pitchblack Pictures
Samantha Diep .... corporate accountant: Pitchblack Pictures
Karyn Edwards .... production attorney (as Karyn Edwards LL.B.)
Claude Forest .... insurance provider: Multimedia Risk
Marc Fredette .... office assistant: Pitchblack Pictures
Kelly Fry .... craft service
Kelly Fry .... first aid
Marilyn Liu .... vice president of finance: Pitchblack Pictures
Terry Mackay .... location manager (as Terry MacKay)
Margo MacPherson .... assistant: Shawn Williamson
Melissa Malone .... legal assistant
Jessie McAllan .... director of operations: Pitchblack Pictures
Emma Murray .... office assistant: Pitchblack Pictures
Michael Nachoff .... material servicing
Justin Richardson .... production assistant
Joey Setter .... production coordinator
Joecy Shepherd .... script supervisor
Tania Susi .... production accountant
Ki Wight .... director of development: Pitchblack Pictures
 

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56 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
Much ado about Toothpaste…, 13 April 2009
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Now, I am familiar with the director's questionable reputation and I am aware that Uwe Boll bashing is quite a popular sport on Internet forums (heck, I also agree that most of his movies are utter rubbish), but there are a couple of remarkable things about this man's career that you can't possibly neglect and even have to admire in some strange sort of way. First of all, the man is a hard laborer. Few directors have released an average of four movies per year, especially when they also write and produce their own garbage. Secondly, Boll's repertoire is getting more and more versatile and accessible to wider audiences lately. Initially he specialized in adaptations of gory video games, but recently he made cynical comedies ("Postal") as well as action flicks ("Far Cry") and gritty thrillers ("Seed"). And then last but not least, the man is not ashamed to experiment, innovate and – if necessary – to blunder ingloriously. This newly released movie "Stoic", for example, all things considered it turned out a failure, but nevertheless a mild and intriguing one with still a whole lot of merits and praiseworthy factors. I feel I should start with a warning to the squeamish, as "Stoic" is a deeply unpleasant movie with an unceasingly guttural atmosphere and a large amount of inhumanly barbarous shock sequences. At the Fantastic Film Festival in my native country, where Uwe Boll and lead actor Edward Furlong came to introduce the film themselves, several people walked out of the theater because they couldn't cope with the harshness of certain bits of footage. I realize this works as a recommendation more than as a warning, but be advised this is not a movie for everyone. You'll notice during the opening sequences, or here on the film's website page as well, that nobody is credited for writing "Stoic". That is simply because there isn't a screenplay. Uwe Boll based the concept on true events as they occurred in a German prison in 2006 and only gave the most principal of instructions as his cast of four improvised all their lines and dialogs at the spot. This is obviously a risky undertaking, but admittedly it suits the tone of the film which is primitive and raw. Four petty criminals share a minuscule cell and spend most of their days playing poker and exchanging stories on how bad-ass they are. One day, a game of poker runs out of hand and the mentally weakest of the four – Mitch – loses a bet which ordered him to eat a complete tube of toothpaste. He stubbornly refuses and the other three team up against him. What starts out as a silly macho contest quickly escalates into a sick-spirited and vile series of humiliation, torture, vicious rape, mutilation and eventually inflicted suicide. "Stoic" is imaginatively structured, with interview scenes of the three culprits mixed with the footage of what actually happened inside those four prison walls. Initially the three convicts claim it was an ordinary case of suicide, but the truth gradually comes to the surface as they only want to protect themselves and begin to blame the other ones of having the lead. The main malfunction of this movie is that it actually has no reason of existence. It's an exploitative and unimaginably gratuitous piece of torture-porn without added psychological or socialist value whatsoever. Boll pretends to give an insight in human behavior, but basically only stills his own personal hunger for sleaze and violence. We only know the formula is based on true events, but this film draws its own conclusions that are unquestionably far more sensational and grotesque than what really happened. There clearly went very little research into this production prior to shooting, so it would be immensely hypocritical to label "Stoic" as a dramatic portrait of our modern day prison system. Nevertheless I don't want to criticize Mr. Boll's accomplishment any further, as he definitely improved a great deal when it comes to directorial skills and competence. You can sense that he was in control of his filming set and had the luck of working with four adequate young actors, including Edward Furlong and Sam Levinson. "Stoic" is a mean and uncomfortable film that I don't exactly intend to watch again any time soon, but it's undeniably a memorable and out-of-the-ordinary experience.

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