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Stick (1985)

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, ... See full summary »

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Burt Reynolds

Writers:

Elmore Leonard (novel), Elmore Leonard (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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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Taglines:

The mob took his money. Killed his best friend. Then set him up as a fall guy. They're playing a deadly game. And he's not about to be the loser." See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,489,518
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Star Burt Reynolds said of making this picture: "I wanted to make that movie as soon as I read the book. I respected [novelist Elmore] Leonard's work. I felt I knew that Florida way of life, having been raised in the state. And I was that guy!". Reynolds also said: "I turned in my cut of the picture and truly thought I had made a good film. Word got back to me quickly that the people in the Black Tower [the head office for Universal Pictures] wanted a few changes." Moreover, Reynolds said: "I gave up on the film. I didn't fight them. I let them get the best of me...Leonard saw the film the day he was interviewed for a Newsweek cover and told them he hated it. After his comment, every critic attacked the film and he wouldn't talk to me. When I re-shot the film, I was just going through the motions. I'm not proud of what I did, but I take responsibility for my actions. All I can say, and this is not in way of a defense, is if you liked the first part of 'Stick,' that's what I was trying to achieve throughout". See more »

Goofs

In the opening credits, the train seen is on the Florida East Coast Railroad, headed southbound into Miami; a few seconds later, he jumps from a different boxcar, from a northbound Seaboard Coast Line train just north of the Intracoastal Waterway drawbridge in Fort Lauderdale, 30 miles away. See more »

Quotes

Ernest 'Stick' Stickley: Why don't you push real hard... you may hit the water.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Cowboys & Aliens (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Harbor Lights
Written by Jimmy Kennedy (as J. Kennedy) and Will Grosz (as H. Williams)
Performed by Monica Lewis
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Burt Reynolds comes back to the top as Stick!
12 November 1998 | by arySee all my reviews

Burt Reynolds has in Stick the opportunity to come back in interpreting the kind of character that consecrated him:the cynic,charmous and irresponsible anti-hero.Once the movie was based on an Elmore Leonard's book,whose works are known due it's unics,rotters and ambiguous characters,he has the possibility to exaggerate on the creation of the movie's protagonists.The simpleton plot offers a simple and passing diversion.Burt Reynolds is Ernest Stickley, an ex-com who just have been set free and who gets involved in a hard situation after going with his friend to accomplish a drug transaction in a desert place.His friend is murdered,but he escapes and now he wants revenge.He ends up becoming an employee and protected of a millionaire,and,while weaving his revenge,he gets emotionally involved with his boss'secretary,Kyle(Candice Bergen).If this film has a trump card,it is adapting faithfully the Elmore Leonard's book.The film counts with a terrific final climax,stuffed with shooting and a beautiful final scene,underlined by a beautiful music called Ï don't think I'm ready for you"...


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