Stick (1985)




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Based on a novel by Elmore Leonard, this crime drama centers on a vengeful ex-con (Burt Reynolds, who also directed) as he searches for the drug lords who killed his partner while trying to start anew in Miami.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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MCA Universal Home Video

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Jose Perez
as Rainy
Richard Lawson
as Cornell
Alex Rocco
as Firestone
John A. Garcia
as Avilanosa
Don L. Moyer
as Lionel
Joey Pouliot
as Tourist at Bar
Phanie Napoli
as Luisa Rosa
Dudley Remus
as Harvey
Jorge Gil
as Chucky's Hood
Armand Grossman
as Chucky's Hood
Ignacio Menocal
as Nestor's Hood
Jesus Menocal
as Nestor's Hood
David Cadiente
as Nestor's Hood
Carlos Cervantes
as Nestor's Hood
Richard L. Duran
as Nestor's Hood
Thomas Rosales Jr.
as Nestor's Hood
Bert Rosario
as Bodega Owner
April Clough
as Chucky's Girl
Deanna Lund
as Diane
Augie Neves
as Domino Player
Evie Sands
as Latino Hooker
Lenny Geer
as Old Man
Monica Lewis
as Female Vocalist
John Keller
as Singer
Bernie Knee
as Singer
Tommy Mercer
as Singer
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All Critics (6)

The unfairly maligned Stick is actually a very good underworld thriller with Burt Reynolds at his absolute coolest.

October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

A pretty awful Elmore Leonard adaptation.

May 12, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Burt Reynolds tries to direct. He fails miserably. Makes a good drinking game.

June 11, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

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July 21, 2005

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February 17, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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March 5, 2004
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for Stick

Even though the end result isn't completely successful and it was quite the box office disappointment at the time, you have to give Burt Reynolds credit for making "Stick" at this particular juncture in his career. For much of the 1980's, the biggest star in the world would play it safe by making a lot of movies that were beneath him simply because they were all guaranteed to make a lot of money. However, with this film, he tried to make a serious picture with integrity, and even though it's only moderately successful, I give him a lot of credit for trying. It's based on a novel by crime author Elmore Leonard, whose unique writing style made him a favorite for screenwriters to adapt, but frankly the story here is routine and the dialogue isn't up to Elmore's standards despite the fact that he wrote the script himself. The film reeks of heavy studio interference. Another major problem is the casting. Reynolds is fine in the lead role, even if his stud routine seems silly and outdated now. It's the secondary actors, most notably a ridiculous Charles Durning, not at all convincing as an allegedly terrifying drug dealer. Even worse is Candice Bergin who adds nothing to the picture and seems clueless as to why she's even there. Perhaps the best performance belongs to stuntman Dar Robinson, a menacing assassin who needs very little dialogue to be effective. His death sequence is spectacular and reinforces his status as the best at what he did. "Stick" is an honest effort that just doesn't quite pan out.

Timothy Sanders
Timothy Sanders

Burt Reynolds is one tough and cool son of a bitch. Elmore Leonard's characters are tough and cool sons of a bitches. So this movie makes sense. Not as good as Get Shorty or Justified but with fun co-stars like Candice Bergern and George Segal and a thoroughly eighties feel, this is a fun flick for anyone a fan of Burt, Elmore or 80s action flicks. If you're a fan of all three, you're in for a treat. Underrated.

Daniel Villalobos
Daniel Villalobos

77% "You've got some balls."-Barry (George Segal) Stick, balls and Murphy Brown. "You've got some balls."-Chucky 'Fatman' (Charles Durning)

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