Gridlock'd

Gridlock'd

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Cast: Tim Roth, Tupac Shakur, Thandie Newton, Charles Fleischer

     
 

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In this hard-edged drama with a strong undercurrent of dark comedy, Stretch (Tim Roth) and Spoon (Tupac Shakur) are two friends who share both a passion for music and a dependence on heroin. Stretch and Spoon play in a jazz combo with Cookie (Thandie Newton), and after a New Year's Eve gig, they score drugs and get high together. Cookie lacks her friends' experience… See more details below

Overview

In this hard-edged drama with a strong undercurrent of dark comedy, Stretch (Tim Roth) and Spoon (Tupac Shakur) are two friends who share both a passion for music and a dependence on heroin. Stretch and Spoon play in a jazz combo with Cookie (Thandie Newton), and after a New Year's Eve gig, they score drugs and get high together. Cookie lacks her friends' experience with hard drugs and soon ends up in the hospital after a severe overdose. Cookie's brush with death turns out to be a serious reality check for Stretch and Spoon, and they decide that it's time to kick drugs and get clean and sober. But both men know that they can't get off heroin on their own, and therein lies the problem; as they try to navigate a complex maze of social service agencies (who can't help them get treatment because they aren't on welfare), drug treatment facilities (one of which turns them away because they're only equipped to handle alcoholics), and hospitals (where, in order to be admitted as emergency patients, Stretch and Spoon ponder how to go about stabbing each other) in search of a detox program. The two friends begin to wonder if it might simply be easier to stay on drugs than to get healthy. Gridlock'd marked the feature film directorial debut for actor Vondie Curtis Hall, best known for his work on the TV series Chicago Hope; Elizabeth Pena and John Sayles both appear in supporting roles. Rap musician-turned actor Tupac Shakur, who played Spoon, died in a drive-by shooting four months prior to the release of this film.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Vondie Curtis-Hall's corrosive film about two strung-out jazz musicians attempting to kick their heroin habit has some fascinating insights into that process but is thrown off course by its uncertain tone. Late rap idol Tupac Shakur and Tim Roth star as the musicians who decide to kick heroin after witnessing the overdose of a singer friend Thandie Newton. The director attempts to crossbreed a horrific vision of the lives of these two characters with a gallows humor about their predicament, but the dramatic scenes of suffering are so wrenching, and so well-played that laughter is often impossible. Much of the film is taken up with the characters' futile attempt to get help from various drug-treatment facilities, and their bizarre debate about whether they should stab each other in order to be admitted to a Detroit hospital drug program is a satiric high point. The surprise of the film is the charismatic performance of Shakur, who was murdered after the film was made. He and Roth have a terrific rapport, and for their work alone the film is worth seeing. But for anyone who has witnessed the ravages of heroin addiction, and the threat of violence that lurks in its shadow, the wisdom of introducing a comic note is at least debatable.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2002
UPC:
0025192266928
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
26,242

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Roth Stretch
2Pac Spoon
Thandie Newton Cookie
Charles Fleischer Mr. Woodson
Howard Hesseman Blind Man
James Pickens Supervisor
John Sayles Cop #1
Eric Payne Cop #2
Tom Towles D-Reper's Henchman
Tom Wright Koolaid
Lucy Liu Cee-Cee
James Shanta patrolmam
Jim O'Malley patrolman
George Poulos Chuck
Debbie Zaricor clerk
Mik Scriba officer 1
Richmond Arquette resident doctor
Billie Neal medical woman
Debra Wilson medical woman
Rusty Schwimmer nurse
Elizabth Anne Dickinson admissions Perons
Joey Dente vendor
Darryl Jones panhandler
Jasen Covine medical sectetary
Tim Truby man with directions
Venessia Valentino woman in ER
Ron Cummins man in ER
Bradley Jordan Spencer paramedic
Rory J. Shoaf paramadic
Tracy Vilar screaming woman
Roslyn McKinney female clerk
Roderick Carr welfare security guard
William Long right wing TV show host
Mark Ericsom Bill, anchor man
Tonia Rowe womanon TV
Lynn Blades Cruz, Alexia
Kasi Lemmons Madonna and child
Henry Hunter Hall Madonna and child
Vondie Curtis-Hall D-Reaper
Barbara Harris Singer

Technical Credits
Athena Alexander Asst. Director
Tom Bender Special Effects
Michael Bennett Co-producer
T. Bird Asst. Director
Dan Bishop Production Designer
Stewart Copeland Score Composer
Vondie Curtis-Hall Screenwriter
Joseph DiVitale Sound Editor
Ted Field Executive Producer
Marie France Costumes/Costume Designer
Erica Huggins Producer
Damian Jones Producer
Christopher Koefoed Editor
Stephen Krause Sound Mixer
Scott Kroopf Executive Producer
Greg Landerer Special Effects
Stan Lathan Executive Producer
Pilar McCurry Musical Direction/Supervision
Steve Nelson Sound Editor
Scott Plauche Art Director
Bill Pope Cinematographer
Robi Reed-Humes Casting
Renee Reeser Consultant/advisor
Chad Rosen Asst. Director
Jeff Seitz Sound Mixer
Steven Siebert Co-producer
Russell Simmons Executive Producer
Roland N. Thai Sound Editor
Amy Vincent Camera Operator
Donald L. Warner Sound Editor
Paul Webster Producer
Craig Woods Asst. Director
Richard E. Yawn Sound Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- STANDARD
0. Chapters
1. Opening Logos [:14]
2. Main Title [2:48]
3. Cookie [:07]
4. Emergency [1:52]
5. D Reper [6:12]
6. Kickin' [3:45]
7. Temporary Medicaid [4:29]
8. Mud Gets Dusted [6:55]
9. By the Skin of Their Teeth [1:13]
10. First and Jefferson [6:46]
11. A Couple of Nice Guys [1:21]
12. Getting Off the Streets [4:41]
13. Ohio 5-0 [3:37]
14. Hot Pursuit [1:44]
15. X Marks the Spot [2:37]
16. Wait For the Beep [1:54]
17. End Credits [1:31]
Side #2 -- WIDESCREEN
0. Chapters
1. Opening Logos [:14]
2. Main Title [2:48]
3. Cookie [:12]
4. Emergency [1:47]
5. D Reper [6:12]
6. Kickin' [3:45]
7. Temporary Medicaid [4:34]
8. Mud Gets Dusted [6:51]
9. By the Skin of Their Teeth [1:13]
10. First and Jefferson [6:46]
11. A Couple of Nice Guys [1:04]
12. A Quick Bite [4:58]
13. Getting Off the Streets [3:44]
14. Ohio 5-0 [1:37]
15. Hot Pursuit [2:36]
16. X Marks the Spot [1:54]
17. Wait For the Beep [1:31]
18. End Credits [4:43]

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