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Stick (1985)

Released from prison, Stick meets up with a friend and joins him on a job delivering a bag. His friend gets killed in the setup. Stick gets away and is ready to forget all and see his daughter, but they won't forget.

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Burt Reynolds

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Stick
Candice Bergen ... Kyle
George Segal ... Barry
Charles Durning ... Chucky
José Pérez José Pérez ... Rainy (as Jose Perez)
Richard Lawson ... Cornell
Castulo Guerra ... Nestor
Dar Robinson ... Moke
Alex Rocco ... Firestone
David Reynoso ... Luis
Tricia Leigh Fisher ... Katie
Sachi Parker ... Bobbi
Don Moyer Don Moyer ... Lionel (as Don L. Moyer)
Joey Pouliot Joey Pouliot ... Tourist at Bar
Phanie Napoli Phanie Napoli ... Louisa Rosa
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Storyline

Ernest 'Stick' Stickley returns from prison, and very soon he gets involved with his old friend in a drug-running deal that goes sour. Hired by a rich investor, he tries to walk the line, but trouble follows him throughout as he tries to collect a debt and make up for lost time with his daughter. Stick also finds a new flame with a financial wiz and gets set to enjoy a new life, but Chucky and Nestor, the two hoods who owe him the debt, have other plans for Stick. Written by Nick <nickcage@mindspring.com>

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It's his last chance. And he's going to fight for it. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jugando con fuego See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,358,299, 28 April 1985

Gross USA:

$8,489,518

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,489,518
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in 1984, not released until 1985. See more »

Goofs

During the meeting with Mokie and the drug dealers early in the movie, the position of the puddles changes. See more »

Quotes

Ernest 'Stick' Stickley: I need to borrow the Rolls.
Barry Braham: Hey, you kill that Snow White son-of-a-bitch, you can have the Rolls!
Ernest 'Stick' Stickley: I might take you up on that.
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Alternate Versions

The UK video version was cut by 13 secs by the BBFC to remove footage of a cockfight during the opening credits. See more »

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Harbor Lights
Written by Jimmy Kennedy (as J. Kennedy) and Will Grosz (as H. Williams)
Performed by Monica Lewis
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Not Elmore Leonard's novel, but still enjoyable
30 August 2016 | by Roel1973See all my reviews

When I read the novel I had no problem picturing Burt Reynolds as the charming and laconic ex-con. And supposedly Reynolds himself thought he was perfect for the part. Unfortunately, the studio demanded he re-shoot the second half of the picture, basically trading in Elmore Leonard's scam plot for brutal action. There's always something very satisfying about watching Burt kick ass, so even if I was wondering why anyone would want to trade Leonard's smart and funny writing for a run-of-the-mill action script, I still enjoyed the finale of Stick.

Still, the Ernest Stickley from the novel called for the more lighthearted Burt from Semi-Tough, Hooper and Rough Cut. I would have loved to have heard Burt deliver some of the smart-ass lines Leonard wrote for the character in the novel. Also, some scenes just don't make a whole lot of sense now, like Stick wanting to learn about investments from Kyle or the movie pitch scene. Both of these were pivotal in the book, but just go nowhere in the film.

There's a lot of good stuff though. The scene on the balcony is awesome, the scorpions were a nice touch (not in the book!) and I liked the way the murder in the beginning was handled, with Stick's subsequent getaway through the corn field.

If you like Burt Reynolds Stick is certainly worth your time, just don't expect a faithful adaptation.


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