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Director: Stuart Gordon

Cast: Mena Suvari, Stephen Rea, Russell Hornsby


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Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon takes the helm for this disturbing tale of a compassionate retirement-home caregiver whose life is turned upside down after a gruesome hit-and-run accident leaves a severely injured homeless man lodged helplessly in her shattered windshield. Despite her repeated promises to take her ailing victim


Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon takes the helm for this disturbing tale of a compassionate retirement-home caregiver whose life is turned upside down after a gruesome hit-and-run accident leaves a severely injured homeless man lodged helplessly in her shattered windshield. Despite her repeated promises to take her ailing victim to the hospital, the realization that the accident could destroy both her career and her future finds her uncharacteristically deciding to let the man die a slow death in her garage while conspiring with her boyfriend to dispose of the body. A fictionalized account of actual events, Stuck was co-scripted by director Gordon and frequent Tales from the Darkside contributor John Strysik.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Over 20 years after shocking the world into laughter with his chunk-blowing splat-stick classic Re-Animator, director Stuart Gordon continues his transition from Lovecraft-obsessed horror auteur to fearless dramatist with this darkly comic yet affecting tale of inhumanity ripped straight from the headlines. In October 2001, 25-year-old nurse's aid Chante Mallard virtually redefined the word "cruelty" after running into a homeless man named Gregory Biggs with her car, then driving home with the badly injured man stuck in her windshield. Panicked, Mallard parked the car in her garage, ignoring her victim's excruciating cries for help as he lay dying from shock and blood loss for two days. Later, when Biggs ultimately did succumb to his injuries, Mallard dumped his body in a nearby park, convinced that she could cover up her crime. Inspired by this real-life horror story, Gordon uses the basic framework as a means of exploring what appears to be a growing trend of inhumanity in a society where fewer and fewer people seem willing to be held accountable for their actions. Brandi Boski (Mena Suvari) is a nursing assistant poised for a big promotion. Around the hospice, Brandi is seen as a compassionate hard worker, but on the weekends she likes to blow off some steam by heading to the local clubs, where she pops pills and downs drinks with her drug-dealing boyfriend, Rashid (Russell Hornsby). Meanwhile, down-on-his-luck local Thomas Bardo (Stephen Rea) has just been ejected from a run-down tenement for failing to make the rent yet again, his malaise compounded when he fails to find employment at the local job placement center. By intercutting these two stories early on, Gordon and screenwriter John Strysik smartly position Brandi and Thomas at crucial turning points in their lives: Brandi appears primed to work her way up to a management position at the hospice, while once-successful project manager Thomas has just been rendered homeless due to a tragic series of circumstances beyond his control. They both seem like sympathetic people with real lives and real problems, yet when their fates collide on a darkened city road, Brandi's true colors finally begin to show. Having previously established himself as a master of fantasy-based horror with such efforts as the aforementioned Re-Animator, Dolls, and Dagon, Gordon proved himself equally adept at exploring the darkest regions of the human psyche with the relentless reality-based revenge thriller King of the Ants in 2003. Stuck continues in that tradition, posing difficult questions about accountability, compassion, and social responsibility by continually challenging viewers to consider how they might respond if placed in a similar situation. But Gordon never gets preachy, instead opting for a slyly ironic air of black comedy as the story winds to its poetic conclusion. Watching Rea's character as his pleas for help fall on deaf ears is nothing short of excruciating, his suffering made all the more palpable by the fact that Stuart's lens never flinches as Thomas struggles to pull himself up off of the windshield wiper that has pieced his side, or contend with a curious pooch who treats his exposed tibia like a two-dollar chew toy. Rea's performance is beautifully restrained, offering a perfect, likeable counterbalance to Suvari's heartless, hysterical portrait of delusion and denial. Supporting player Hornsby also stands out thanks to his portrayal of a low-level drug dealer who likes to front despite the fact that he's not half as tough as he'd lead others to believe. No question Gordon is at an interesting crossroads in his career, and much like Canadian auteur David Cronenberg, he seems to have managed something of a late-career resurgence that promises to yield some of his very best work.

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Performance Credits
Mena Suvari Brandi
Stephen Rea Hapless Tom
Russell Hornsby Rashid
Rukiya Bernard Tanya
John Dunsworth Actor
Carolyn Purdy-Gordon Peterson
Lionel Mark Smith Sam
Wayne Robson Actor
R.D. Reid Actor
Patrick McKenna Actor
Sharlene Royer Actor

Technical Credits
Stuart Gordon Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Andrew Arno Executive Producer
Christian Arnold-Beutel Producer
Ferne Cassel Casting
Jon Comerford Casting
Carol Cutshall Costumes/Costume Designer
Jay Firestone Producer
Ken Gord Producer
Sam Grana Executive Producer
Georges Hannon Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Horvitch Editor
Bobby Johnston Score Composer
Robert Katz Producer
John F.S. Laing Executive Producer
Craig Lathrop Production Designer
Denis Maloney Cinematographer
Tim McGrath Executive Producer
Laird McMurray Special Effects Supervisor
Julie Moldo Associate Producer
Chris O'Neil Costumes/Costume Designer
Lisa Parasyn Casting
Scott Senechal Asst. Director
John Strysik Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Mena Suvari Associate Producer
Zenon Yunko Associate Producer

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Audio Commentary featuring Director Stuart Gordon, Writer John Stryski and Actress Mena Suvari; Featurettes:; "Ripped from the headlines" (Behind-the-scenes and Actual news footage); "The Gory Details" (Special effects and Make-Up); "Driving Forces" (Video Interview with Director Stuart Gordon and Writer John Stryski); Interviews and exclusive footage from the AFI Dallas International Film Festival; Theatrical Trailer


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Stuck 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
STUCK is one of those films that creeps up on you, teases you into thinking a comedy is in the making, then slowly reveals itself as what seems to be an exposé of our current manner of getting through life, of competing in the workplace, and of self absorption to the point of endangering those around us. The fact that the film is based on a true story as adapted by director Stuart Gordon and transformed into a bitingly satirical screenplay by John Strysik increases the impact of this well-crafted little low budget film. Watch it once for the gritty content of the story, then watch it again to appreciate all of the very dark (and very pointed!) humor in what at first appears to be a grisly tale.

Brandi Boski (Mena Suvari) works as a Nurse's Aid in a nursing home of senile elderly patients, giving some of the finest care for those entrusted to her talents. Brandi's compassionate work is noted by the supervisor Peterson (Carolyn Purdy-Gordon) who manages to trick Brandi into an even heavier work schedule by suggesting a raise in position. Excited about her possible promotion Brandi and her working partner Tanya (Rukiya Bernard) celebrate that evening with Brandi's boyfriend/drug supplier Rashid (Russell Hornsby) who gives Brandi a pill of Ecstasy and the mixture of the drug with the alcohol creates a mess of Brandi's mind.

The parallel story involves one jobless Thomas Bardo (Stephen Rea) who lives in a tenement, is evicted because of past due rent, and becomes a street person, treated with cold (but satirical) mechanical responses at the Department of Unemployment. Left to sleep in the park he is befriended by another homeless person, given a shopping cart, and makes his way toward a midnight mission.

Brandi cum altered thought processes drives home, hits Thomas who comes sailing through her windshield badly injured, and out of fear and distress Brandi merely takes the 'stuck' Thomas home to park him in her garage, knowing that her boyfriend Rashid will help her. Thomas is conscious, unable to climb out of the glass of the crushed windshield and begs for help. How the stranded and injured Thomas is treated by the desperate but self-centered Brandi, by the frightened but macho Rashid, and by neighbors who fear intervention because of reporting an incident that would encourage police intervention and threaten their deportation as illegal immigrants results in an ending that shows how 'justice' can prevail!

The cast is first rate - especially Rea, Suvari, Hornsby and Bernard. The direction is tight and maintains credible characters in incredible situations and holds the audience attention every moment. This is a fine example of how a low budget film, in the hands of pros, can be more successful that the big budget, less thoughtful movies that crowd our marquis. Grady Harp