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The Gristle

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Two struggling L.A. medical assistants think they've finally caught their big break when they're hired to deliver black-market human organs to a wealthy U.S. Senator. But another criminal drop off involving thousands of dollars worth of cocaine scheduled for that same night throws a wrench in their plans. Our two young heroes quickly devise a plan to outsmart everyone and get ALL the cash for themselves, but will it work? Or will our friends discover that they are as expendable as the "gristle" on a chicken bone?

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  • Actors: Lyssa Aruda, Kris Andersson, Orson Bean, Al Berman, Regan Burns
  • Directors: David Portlock
  • Writers: David Portlock
  • Producers: Carsten Norgaard, Geno Taylor, Jill Silverthorne, Mychal Wilson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009N1XV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,056 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Gristle" on IMDb

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthew C. Stelly on October 25, 2004
Format: DVD
I don't want to spoil this movie for those who I hope will go and rent it. I was channel surfing and came across it and once I started watching it, I realized that this was a great "find." In the first place, the wife of one of the lead characters was a full-figured black woman. THis is when I knew the movie was "for real." IN the day of the Vanessa Williams-Michael Michelle-Irene Cara light-skinned age of beauty, it is good to see a movie casting a sister that looks like most of the women we know and love.

These two brothers are tight, and they share ideas. They talk about more than just run of the mill crap. They want to make movies that uplift the black image, they understand the power of racism and want to do something about it. In other words, they care about their people. The hustle they pull is designed to free themk from their jobs as orderlies, where they find htemselves washing the scrotum of a crusty old white man who teases them and uses the "n" word every chance he gets. So the two embark upon an "assignment" and have plans to spend their money on their movie idea.

What is good about "The Gristle" is that the white character and a black character are also very close. They are both killers and both very intelligent. The white guy, being foreign, doesn't like to hear or use the "n" word,although his friend does. The white man is the black man's conscience because he cannot understand why the brother cracks on his race hte way he does. An important point that could generate some seroius discussion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FitFan on January 19, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie is so funny. Carsten Norgaard, who is way under-rated, was a shining star here. It takes more than one time to watch it, to get how funny it is. Of course, it does address the topic of racial issues and is done in such a clever way. You don't even really realize that this is the entire focus and theme. The characters develop and grow in a way you just don't see anymore. No shoot 'em up stuff, special effects, only great quality dialogue and interaction. The scene in the motel is nothing short of hilarious. Norgaard's appearance here is worth watching period. This movie is worth it's weight in gold. It received critical acclaim for good reason. Watch it, you'll be glad you did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeri on November 30, 2003
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HBO picked this up and has played it several times this past month. It was kinda uncomfortable at first; but the more I watched it, the funnier it got. I've seen it about four or five times now, and now I am cryin' laughin so hard at some bits. Dorn is really good in it.
One acquaintance said it's politically incorrect and correct at the same time. The characters say some pretty outrageous things that you can only get away with in indy films. The point is that in spite of the fact that they are all walking cliches, no one is really what he seems to be or what the other guys expect him to be.
He loved when they're in the club trying to figure out weather cubans are black, white or something else. It's one of the frankest films about race in a long time and without getting cynical too.
Here's a bit of trivia: The Gristle is the one and only movie ever partly financed by a U.S. Small Business Administration loan. It was a program put forward to attempt to stem the flow of moviemaking going to Canada.
The location for the movie is L.A. The program was cut by the current administration; but also the SBA office said the only banks willing to participate in the program were the ones right around Hollywood.
There might have been increasingly more banks willing in other places had the pilot program gone on successfully, though, they said.
If you look in the credits for the movie, they show the SBA loan and its officers in L.A. and the two banks in L.A. and their loan officers. It's kinda cool.
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First Off this is NOT an action movie; its a movie about eight guys, four groups of two its got two black guys, two white secret service guys, an "Oreo cookie"(black & white)drug dealers, and two latino's. This movie is basically an indy movie about how mixed up things, that should be simple, can quickly get, and deals with stereotypes of every kind, not just racism against black's, and latino's but even racism & stereotypes about white people. It contains a $h!tload of dialouge, in a Tarantino-esque style, that will have you laughing, while making you think at the same time, and is in my opinion an extreamly well done piece of film work for an independent piece.
This movie is for people that not only have brain's, but also choose to apply there ability to use them. Prepare your self for an entertaining hour & a half that will keep your attention, a movie worth watching at least a few times. IF you enjoy this movie, others you may enjoy are:
1. Reservior Dogs, 2. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 3. Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, 4. Snatch, 5. Blood Guts Bullets and Octane.
Remember in this world only one indoctrination/
there simply ain't no need for human segregation/
simply degrading, humiliatin, hatin additudes/
is all lableing provides as it atests as it proves/
kkk and the black panthers just another form of canser/
so ask the phukin question if u aint't afraid the answer/
And Dont bite my Flow's, my skills, muh beats or muh rhymes/
case none can compete with my lines, that defeat all in your mind!/ trademarked flow to all you rippers yah you know/
whu you is an where you gotta go, so punk @$$ take it out that Phukin door! hatin biters actin like blackwidow spiders!
but yuh all that same just sum dirty girly fighters!
PEOPLE don't let apperance cloud your additudes and oppinions!!
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