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The Gristle (2001)

The Senator needs a Kidney. He's unwilling to wait for one to become available, and has let it be known he is willing to pay top dollar. Two hospital workers want to sell him one. But when ... See full summary »

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David Portlock

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David Portlock
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Cast

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Lyssa Aruda Lyssa Aruda ... Alden Girl
Kris Andersson Kris Andersson ... Desk Clerk
Orson Bean ... Mr. Bowen
Al Berman Al Berman ... Corpse
Regan Burns ... Mr. Alden
John Patrick Clerkin John Patrick Clerkin ... Doctor
Barry Corbin ... Senator Dorm
George Czarnecki George Czarnecki ... Caucasian Bar Patron (as George Cznarecki)
Isabelle Dahlin Isabelle Dahlin ... Smooth White Boys Girlfriend
Michael Dorn ... Tar
Evan Ellingson ... Alden Boy (as Evan Ellison)
Kyle Gates Kyle Gates ... Smooth White Boy
Ernie Grunwald ... Jukebox Guy
Rachael Harris ... Mrs. Alden
Tomica S. Jenkins Tomica S. Jenkins ... Charlene (as Tomica Jenkins)
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The Senator needs a Kidney. He's unwilling to wait for one to become available, and has let it be known he is willing to pay top dollar. Two hospital workers want to sell him one. But when they go to a suburban inn to make the deal they find themselves unintentionally interacting with drug dealers, Secret Service Agents, hit men, DEA, a vacationing family, and more. Very much a comedy of errors and mistaken identity.

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Gangsterz?! See more »

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Was the first film financed with help from the Small Business Adminastration's Guranteed loan program. See more »

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References The Birth of a Nation (1915) See more »

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I found this film to be hilarious -- everyone should see it.
6 November 2003 | by pcompoSee all my reviews

I really liked this movie! The script was very funny and the actors, although most are pretty much unknown, delivered the lines well. I found myself laughing out loud frequently throughout the movie.

Michael Dorn is best known as Commander Worf from the Star Trek series, and that character is very stiff and rigid. In this movie Michael got to show a different side, and I feel that he pulled it off very well.

This movie has several subplots working together at once, and when these plots intersect it makes for some pretty funny events. The most pervasive element of the film is the racial undercurrents taking place between four different duos - two black men; one black and one white man; two Cuban men; and two white men. Most of the characters are dealing with illicict merchandise of one form or another, and some of the other supporting characters weave in and out of the plot fairly seemlessly.

I had not previously heard of this film, which tells me that many other folks have not heard of it either. That is really a shame, because I was very pleasantly surprised by the film. I would like to say that this movie is not all comedy, and definitely deserves the R rating for the content and language. Not much gore to speak of, although it certainly is present off camera. It is refreshing to see a movie that doesn't rely on blood and guts to get the point across, leaving the specifics of the gore to the viewers imagination.

Overall I would give this movie a 7 or 8 on a ten-point scale and recommend it highly. I will definitely add this one to my DVD collection. Folks who like Quentin Tarrantino movies should like this, but much more for the witty dialog than the violence. It is also reminiscent of films by Kevin Smith, such as Clerks or Mallrats, in the sense of the witty dialog and quirky characters.


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