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Gridlock'd (1997)

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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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Vondie Curtis-Hall
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Roth ... Stretch
Tupac Shakur ... Spoon
Thandie Newton ... Cookie
Charles Fleischer ... Mr. Woodson
Howard Hesseman ... Blind Man
James Pickens Jr. ... Supervisor
John Sayles ... Cop #1
Eric Payne ... Cop #2
Tom Towles ... D-Reper's Henchman
Tom Wright ... Koolaid
James Shanta James Shanta ... Patrolman #1
Jim O'Malley Jim O'Malley ... Patrolman #2
George Poulos George Poulos ... Chuck
Debbie Zaricor ... Clerk
Mik Scriba ... Officer #1
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Storyline

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 <bogursky@erols.com>

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Good time to kick.. Bad day to pick. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic drug use, pervasive strong language, some violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az utolsó belövés See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,678,372, 2 February 1997

Gross USA:

$5,571,205

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,571,205
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Vondie Curtis-Hall originally offered the part of Spoon to Laurence Fishburne. But Curtis-Hall could not afford Fishburne's salary. The part was also offered to Don Cheadle and Forest Whitaker. See more »

Goofs

When main characters are in the diner for "breakfast", the TV news broadcast from the kitchen shows the announcer doing station identification as "KMT" ... they're supposed to be in Detroit, east of the Mississippi River, where station IDs start with a "W" ... stations west of the Mississippi start w/ a "K". See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Edited into Tupac: Resurrection (2003) See more »

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Dialogue Groove
Written by Robert J. Walsh
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Spellbinding! Like watching a biopic about my own street-junkie days!
30 October 1999 | by Galaxia-2See all my reviews

From the very first to the very last scenes of this film, I sat immobile, bug-eyed, and completely agog at the sight of my own painfully hopeless experience as a strung-out junk zombie. And I wonder: why did they never screen this film for us in rehab? Not only is "Gridlock'd" an exciting, intelligent, and visually riveting film, it is also dead on the money in its depiction of the excruciating emotional, spiritual, and material bankruptcy of a junkie's living death. Stretch and Spoon are well fleshed-out characters with which I can identify in almost every aspect, and are beautifully portrayed by Shakur and Roth. The true genius of this story is that, despite its grim and uncomfortably blunt treatment of its subject matter, it manages to convey a message of hope that no matter how deeply entrenched in addiction one may be, one CAN break the shackles of substance abuse and realize that one's life is worth saving.


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