Stick (1985)

R | 109 mins | Mystery | 26 April 1985

Director:

Burt Reynolds

Producer:

Jennings Lang

Cinematographer:

Nick McLean

Editor:

William Gordean

Production Designer:

James Shanahan

Production Company:

Universal Pictures
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HISTORY

According to the 8 Feb 1983 HR, Universal purchased film rights to the forthcoming Elmore Leonard novel, Stick, for $350,000. The 10 Feb 1983 DV announced that Jennings Lang would produce the film, and Leonard himself had been hired to adapt his novel for the screen.
       The 27 Jul 1983 DV reported Burt Reynolds would both star in and direct the picture, with production set to begin on 3 Oct 1983. A news item in the 22 Sep 1983 HR announced the film would be shot in southern Florida.
       Country singer Tammy Wynette was reported in the 25 Sep 1983 LAHExam to be making her feature film acting debut in Stick as Burt Reynolds’ wife, and a news item in the 17 Dec 1983 Billboard announced that Wynette was currently filming her scenes. However, Wynette did not appear in the film, and her character was cut out of the story.
       According to the 11 Oct 1983 DV, Burt Reynolds suffered an eye injury during a gunfight sequence. Reynolds was shot in the eye and rushed by helicopter to a Miami, FL, hospital. After treatment, a full recovery was expected.
       The 11 Nov 1983 DV reported that during filming the day before in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, three crew members were injured when a Tulip camera crane fell on top of them. Video technician Michael LeFebvre was in critical condition, suffering from internal injuries and massive head trauma. Video technician Richard Roberts lost the tip of a finger, and electrician Bob Daddario was released ... More Less

According to the 8 Feb 1983 HR, Universal purchased film rights to the forthcoming Elmore Leonard novel, Stick, for $350,000. The 10 Feb 1983 DV announced that Jennings Lang would produce the film, and Leonard himself had been hired to adapt his novel for the screen.
       The 27 Jul 1983 DV reported Burt Reynolds would both star in and direct the picture, with production set to begin on 3 Oct 1983. A news item in the 22 Sep 1983 HR announced the film would be shot in southern Florida.
       Country singer Tammy Wynette was reported in the 25 Sep 1983 LAHExam to be making her feature film acting debut in Stick as Burt Reynolds’ wife, and a news item in the 17 Dec 1983 Billboard announced that Wynette was currently filming her scenes. However, Wynette did not appear in the film, and her character was cut out of the story.
       According to the 11 Oct 1983 DV, Burt Reynolds suffered an eye injury during a gunfight sequence. Reynolds was shot in the eye and rushed by helicopter to a Miami, FL, hospital. After treatment, a full recovery was expected.
       The 11 Nov 1983 DV reported that during filming the day before in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, three crew members were injured when a Tulip camera crane fell on top of them. Video technician Michael LeFebvre was in critical condition, suffering from internal injuries and massive head trauma. Video technician Richard Roberts lost the tip of a finger, and electrician Bob Daddario was released from the hospital with a minor ankle injury. The cause of the crane toppling remained unknown. An investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Set nurse Dorothy Vitale was credited for saving Michael LeFebvre’s life, thanks to her quick response. The 28 Nov 1983 DV announced that OSHA had found neither structural nor mechanical failures in the case of the crane collapse, and human error was also initially ruled out, but investigations continued. Hollywood’s Labor-Management Safety Committee was independently looking into crane safety throughout the industry.
       According to the 2 Aug 1984 HR, Burt Reynolds was unable to complete post production on the film due to an unspecified illness. Subsequently, the 17 Aug 1984 release date was postponed. The 13 Aug 1984 People noted that Reynolds had suffered from a serious inner ear infection.
       The 23 Oct 1984 LAHExam reported that a late Jan 1985 release date was anticipated. However, the 5 Nov 1984 People announced Burt Reynolds was planning to reshoot several scenes, and reportedly wanted to replace actress Shana Rodman who played his onscreen daughter, “Katie.” Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton was offered the role, but declined. Eventually, the part of “Katie” was recast with Tricia Leigh Fisher.
       According to the 26 Apr 1985 LAHExam, reshoots were ordered after poor responses were received from test audiences. Screenwriter Joseph C. Stinson was hired to rewrite scenes, including changing the ending to be more “upbeat.” Elmore Leonard was reportedly disappointed that much of his original story had been changed in the final cut.
       Critiquing the picture as “depressingly bad,” the Jul 1985 Box review announced box-office receipts of $3.5 million after the first weekend of release in 1,173 theaters, and another $1.5 million after the second weekend.
       End credits include the following acknowledgements: “Special Thanks to: the Florida Marine Patrol and the Florida Department of Transportation”; “Our Appreciation to: The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Hotel and the Pier 66 Hotel for special courtesies extended to this film”; and, “The Producers Gratefully Acknowledge the contribution of the state of Florida, the cities of Fort Lauderdale and Miami, and the Florida State Film Commission in the making of this film.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Billboard
17 Dec 1983.
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Box Office
Jul 1985.
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Daily Variety
10 Feb 1983.
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Daily Variety
27 Jul 1983.
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Daily Variety
11 Oct 1983.
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Daily Variety
11 Nov 1983.
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Daily Variety
28 Nov 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
8 Feb 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
22 Sep 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
2 Aug 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
26 Apr 1985
p. 3, 10.
LAHExam
25 Sep 1983
p. 2.
LAHExam
23 Oct 1984.
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LAHExam
26 Apr 1985
p. 6.
Los Angeles Times
26 Apr 1985
p. 1, 26.
New York Times
26 Apr 1985
p. 15.
People
13 Aug 1984.
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People
5 Nov 1984.
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Variety
1 May 1985
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Jennings Lang production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec co-prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Addl photog
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
2d unit dir of photog
2d unit cam op
2d unit 1st asst cam
Still photog
Elec gaffer
Key grip
Elec best boy
Elec best boy
Dolly grip
Grip
Vide op
Video tech
Video tech
Video asst
Video asst
Louma crane
Helicopter cam
Helicopter cams and mounts
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Asst film ed
Apprentice film ed
Apprentice film ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Asst prop master
Leadman
Const coord
Const coord
Const foreman
Standby painter
COSTUMES
Cost des
Men's ward supv
Men's costumer
Women's ward supv
Women's costumer
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
ADR ed
ADR ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Fairlight programming
Sd mixer
Boom op
Cableman
ADR mixer
Dolby Stereo consultant
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff foreman
Spec eff
Titles and opt eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
Body makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Casting
Asst to Terry Liebling
N.Y. casting coord
Fla. casting coord
Asst to Beverly McDermott
Asst to Beverly McDermott
Voice casting by
Talent coord
Scr supv
Scr supv
Asst to Burt Reynolds
Asst to Jennings Lane
Asst to Robert Daley
Prod coord
Prod secy
Prod secy
Loc mgr
Secy to loc mgr
Admin asst
Admin asst
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Asst auditor
Asst auditor
Transportation coord
Transportation co-capt
Transportation co-capt
Transportation co-capt
Transportation co-capt
Asst to transportation coord
Security supv
Police coord
Craft service
Projectionist
Helicopter pilot
Helicopter pilot
Helicopter pilot
Chrysler limousine supplied by
Pontiac cars supplied by
Porsche supplied by
Rolls Royce supplied by
Trains and right of ways supplied by
Trains and right of ways supplied by
Chucky's condominium and building through the cour
Jewelry for Barry and Diane supplied by
Bronze sculptures at Barry's home by
Portrait of Barry by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Film processing, Florida
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Stick by Elmore Leonard (New York, 1983).
SONGS
"Harbor Lights," written by J. Kennedy and H. Williams, performed by Monica Lewis
"I Don't Think I'm Ready For You," written by S. Dorff, M. Brown, B. Reynolds and S. Garrett, performed by Anne Murray, courtesy of Capitol Records.
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 April 1985
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 26 April 1985
Production Date:
began 3 October 1983
Copyright Claimant:
Universal City Studios, Inc.
Copyright Date:
24 June 1985
Copyright Number:
PA255318
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Panaflex camera and lenses by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
109
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After serving seven-years in prison for armed robbery, Ernest “Stick” Stickley travels by freight train to his hometown, Miami, Florida. He leaps from the moving train, and walks to a bodega to meet his friend, Rainy. Stick tells Rainy he wants to get a job before he sees his fifteen-year-old daughter, Katie. Rainy takes Stick with him on a job to pick up a suitcase full of money from a drug dealer named Chucky, who promises to pay him $5,000 to deliver it to a man named Nestor. Stick does not trust Chucky, but goes along with Rainy. While handing over the suitcase to Nestor’s men, Rainy is shot and killed by Chucky’s henchman, Moke. As Nestor’s gunmen pursue Stick, he escapes by driving Rainy’s van into a cornfield, and blowing up the vehicle. Nestor’s men recover Stick’s duffle bag, and find a picture of his daughter, Katie, inside. Stick seeks refuge at the home of his friend, Luis. Meanwhile, Nestor meets with Chucky, and demands that Chucky owes him a life after one of his men was killed in the fire set by Stick. Chucky assures Nestor that he will find Stick, and sends his henchman, Moke, to search for him. Following a lead to Luis’s home, they rough him up, but Luis does not reveal Stick’s whereabouts. When Stick returns, Luis asks him what he did to anger Chucky. In time, Luis tells Stick about the bad blood between Chucky and Nestor, blaming him for losing money and demanding the killing of one of Chucky’s men. Luis tells Stick that Chucky has been ... +


After serving seven-years in prison for armed robbery, Ernest “Stick” Stickley travels by freight train to his hometown, Miami, Florida. He leaps from the moving train, and walks to a bodega to meet his friend, Rainy. Stick tells Rainy he wants to get a job before he sees his fifteen-year-old daughter, Katie. Rainy takes Stick with him on a job to pick up a suitcase full of money from a drug dealer named Chucky, who promises to pay him $5,000 to deliver it to a man named Nestor. Stick does not trust Chucky, but goes along with Rainy. While handing over the suitcase to Nestor’s men, Rainy is shot and killed by Chucky’s henchman, Moke. As Nestor’s gunmen pursue Stick, he escapes by driving Rainy’s van into a cornfield, and blowing up the vehicle. Nestor’s men recover Stick’s duffle bag, and find a picture of his daughter, Katie, inside. Stick seeks refuge at the home of his friend, Luis. Meanwhile, Nestor meets with Chucky, and demands that Chucky owes him a life after one of his men was killed in the fire set by Stick. Chucky assures Nestor that he will find Stick, and sends his henchman, Moke, to search for him. Following a lead to Luis’s home, they rough him up, but Luis does not reveal Stick’s whereabouts. When Stick returns, Luis asks him what he did to anger Chucky. In time, Luis tells Stick about the bad blood between Chucky and Nestor, blaming him for losing money and demanding the killing of one of Chucky’s men. Luis tells Stick that Chucky has been trying to get into business with a wealthy investor named Barry Braun, who is not involved with criminal activity. Stick meets Barry Braun at a dockside bar, and when Barry’s chauffeur goes missing, Stick helps Barry break into his own automobile. While working on the vehicle, Stick meets Barry’s beautiful financial advisor, Kyle McLaren. Barry takes a liking to Stick, and pays him to drive him home. After they arrive at Barry’s sprawling mansion, he offers Stick a permanent position as his driver, which includes room and board. Stick takes the job, despite the fact that he must share his onsite apartment with Barry’s houseman, Cornell. Stick insults Cornell, and when the man stands up to him, he earns Stick’s respect. Stick is excited to learn that Kyle McLaren stays in a room down the hall when she is in town conducting business for Barry. Stick asks Cornell what he knows about Chucky, and Cornell explains that Chucky is dying to do business with the squeaky-clean Barry. Sometime later, Chucky’s henchman, Moke, sees Stick with Barry, and reports his whereabouts to Chucky. However, Chucky orders Moke to steer clear of Stick when he is in Barry’s presence. Later, Moke follows Stick as he visits his daughter. Katie Stickley happily embraces her father, and they become reacquainted. After Katie leaves, Moke and another thug chase Stick with guns drawn, but Stick beats both men and escapes. Later, Kyle McLaren arrives to do business with Barry Braun. At a cocktail party, Stick and Kyle become friendly. When Stick sees Chucky at the party, he demands the $5,000 owed to Rainy for delivering the suitcase, but Chucky insults Stick and refuses to pay. Later, Stick tells Kyle about his criminal past. She shares that she does not fit in with her wealthy clients, and kisses Stick. When Cornell tells Stick to enjoy his good fortune and stop pursuing Chucky, Stick ignores him. Sometime later, Barry holds a meeting with a group of investors, including Chucky and Nestor, and introduces them to movie producer Leo Norman Firestone who asks the group to invest $100,000 each in his new film. Kyle proclaims the deal is a tax fraud, and advises the men not to make the illegal investment. Afterward, Nestor chastises Chucky for trying to involve him in the shady business deal. Nestor is angered when he sees Stick working for Barry, and that Chucky has failed to get rid of Stick. Stick approaches Nestor and Chucky, and again demands the $5,000 owed him. Later, Stick visits Nestor at his home and asks permission to retaliate against Chucky. Nestor grants permission, but later hires Moke to murder Stick and Chucky. When Stick visits Kyle’s room she invites him into her bed. He admits that he has a lot to lose, and gives up his plans to avenge Rainy. Sometime later, he takes his daughter, Katie, to lunch and expresses his regret about being away from her for so long. Moke searches for Stick at Barry Braun’s home, and shoots Cornell. Stick and Barry arrive to find Cornell being loaded into an ambulance, and Cornell tells Stick that Moke was the shooter. Barry lends Stick his Rolls Royce to go after Moke, and tells Stick he can keep the automobile if he kills the thug. Meanwhile, Moke goes to Chucky’s high-rise apartment and threatens him on his balcony. When Stick arrives, Moke puts his gun in his belt, offering Stick a chance to attack before he can pull his gun out. However, Chucky lunges at Moke and the two men fall over the balcony. Stick breaks into Nestor’s building, battles his henchman, and takes a gun. He holds Nestor at gunpoint and vows to turn him over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Nestor, anticipating retaliation, reveals that he has kidnapped Katie. Stick yells for his daughter to duck, then opens fire on Nestor’s men. After checking on Katie, Stick approaches Nestor, but does not shoot him. In time, Stick follows Kyle McLaren down the highway, and telephones her on her mobile phone. He instructs her to turn her car around, and they meet in the middle of the highway and embrace. +

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