Gridlock'd

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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...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2002
  • UPC: 025192266928
  • Original Release: 1997
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,888

Cast & Crew

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

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful Handling of Addicts

    Tim Roth and Tupac Shakur are a great pair that deserve an Academy Award for their portrayal in this film of dependent heroin addicts. Beautiful showing of how our inner cities have become destructive Third World due to drug infestation and society's apathy towards the problem.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The way it is.....

    This film tells an interesting story that is all too true to life. I am a nurse researcher working with women coming out of jail, and have worked closely with women who really do want to quit drugs upon their release from jail, though their efforts most often fade away over time. ''Why get sober if nothing really changes?'' a young woman once asked me. The barriers depicted in this film were right on target with regard to how difficult it is to get into drug rehab--how the way we structure entre into rehab guarantees failure for most of those who try. However, the film also depicts the narcissism typical of addicts--in their world, it's only about themselves, their drugs, and how they can get more. When that narcissism is interrupted, and addicts attempt to make it happen, our failure as a society is that we don't capitalize on this new (and too often fleeting) intentionality. In addition, this is one of the few films that considers addicts in a wider context. As each of the main characters participate in presenting Tupac's music with its haunting lyrics at the end of the film, we are reminded that just because someone is an addict doesn't mean their talents go away, or their ability to connect with other humans goes away. I loved this film for its story, the quality of the acting, and it's dead-on depiction of the reality of drug addiction and the community structures that act as barriers to rehab. This film has a lot to teach those health sciences professionals and bureaucrats as well), who purport to develop programs to help members of our community overcome addiction. If we want addicts to stop using, and free their families and communities from the collateral consequences of their addictions, we must establish programs that addicts can actually access. When we don't, as the film dramatically depicts, nothing really does change.

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    Posted January 5, 2009

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