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The Stickup (2001)

James Spader , Leslie Stefanson , Rowdy Herrington  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Spader, Leslie Stefanson, David Keith, John Livingston, Robert Miano
  • Directors: Rowdy Herrington
  • Writers: Rowdy Herrington
  • Producers: Dan Howard, Jon Kramer, Mary Guilfoyle, Shelly Strong, Steve Beswick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2005
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A2X4BK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,722 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Stickup" on IMDb

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly fine 'Indie-type' movie March 15, 2003
THE STICKUP is another of those little films that is destined to perform better once released to the general audience who frequent the video outlets than in the craze-oriented movie house venues. This is a quiet little who-dunnit that keeps you on the edge of your favorite chair to the end. The story seems like a straight forward bank holdup by a good cop gone bad, until gradually every detail of the case in question is expertly exposed and each of the players is spotlighted to be revealed as to who they really are. James Spader continues to grow as an actor and does particularly well in holding our attention thru the many avenues of flashback in this story. The remainder of the cast is excellent (especially the fine and beautiful Lesley Stefanson). Relax, folks, this is a story to take you away from your daily routine and, as such, begs you to indulge your need to spin off on cinematic diversions. Recommended.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent low-budget fare January 11, 2005
Here is an excellent low-budget film produced in Canada with a couple stars and more plot twists and turns than a West Virginia road.

The real star of this flick is producer-director Rowdy Herrington, the director of "Gladiator" and "Bobby Jones". "The Stickup" has one of the most intelligent and involving scripts I've ever seen in a low-budget film. The direction is also first rate with all the players pulling off their roles intelligently and credibly.

There is hardly a cliche or nitwit character to be found in this well crafted mystery about theft, betrayal and absolution. The morality play is small potatoes in this little actioner, which deserves a larger audience. It most reminds me of the early Coen brothers' "Blood Simple" and John Carpernter's "Assault on Precinct 13" (recently remade with a lot of stars), two movies that started important long lasting film careers.

I see big budget Hollywood flicks every day that can't hold a candle to this little movie. It appears Herrington didn't have much of a budget to work with up there in Canada, where the dollar buys more than in Los Angeles, but he made the most of it. He also coaxed good performances from his principal players and produced an interesting drama.

This movie may start slowly but it will keep you guessing throughout its 90 minutes. If you like crime dramas or action flicks, this movie is for you.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and witty thrill ride! July 7, 2004
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This movie was fun to watch and very witty. James Spader delivers a terrific performance as usual and Leslie Stefanson also does a fantastic job. The remainder of the cast is funny and slightly strange, which also makes this movie enjoyable.
The film is basically about a bank robbery that is thought to have been committed by Det. John Parker (Spader). As the film progresses, however, the audience is led to wonder whether he was really the one who did the crime. Aided by his love interest, Natalie Wright (Stefanson), he seeks to prove that he is not the thief. After some fun twists and turns in the plot, there is eventually a happy and satisfying conclusion to this fast-paced story.
If you are looking for a film that is fun, witty and thrilling, then I highly recommend that you check out "The Stickup." This film is definitely a must for fans of James Spader, especially if you enjoyed his performance in "2 Days in the Valley." Give this movie a try and I guarantee that you will have a fun time with it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE STICKUP - SOUNDS SIMPLE BUT ISN'T July 21, 2005
John Parker (James Spader) is a L.A. cop who has become involved with other detectives in grabbing drug money by busting dealers and then keeping the money for themselves. Evidently this has been going on for some years and finally Parker's partner wants out but is killed of course before that can happen. As a result, Parker has gone away so he can do some soul searching, can get his mind right and can figure out just how to handle this problem. TA DA!!!

NEW PROBLEM. He has now become the prime suspect in a bank robbery. On his first night in town, Parker goes to the local bar where Natalie Wright (Lesley Stefanson) picks him up. They spend the night together and find they are very compatible. Early in the morning he finds himself at the ATM of the bank that is being robbed. From here the story takes off and you are going to find this to be a very entertaining film and also very sexy at times without the smut that usually goes with it. Spader and Stefanson do have great chemistry. This is a must see for Spader fans of course and even if you are not, you will find this to be a very interesting movie and fun to watch. Guess what? You love the FBI agent.. It's true; you can't help yourself. You will not be bored with this movie. Try it, you'll like it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Throw-back to the Black and White Mystery Classics January 25, 2006
This is a great, sexy, mystery thriller that really keeps you on your toes. There's no pointless panning and dialogue leading up to the excitement as the film opens with an intense car chase. James Spader keeps your attention to the fullest as the introverted former cop John Parker with his cool demeanor and rye wit, keeping you guessing what the hell is going through his mind. Spader has you engrossed in the role so much that you find yourself in the shoes of John Parker- getting away to a small mountain town, clearing your head of a painful divorce and tragic loss of a partner, getting wrapped up in a steamy romantic affair, and suddenly running from the aftermath of a bank robbery that has the whole town shaken up. If approached the wrong way, some of the dialogue and scenarios may come accross as somewhat corny, but it's really a modern action-mystery movie done in the style of a 1940's black and white mystery movie. Even the soundtrack gives it the vibe of a black and white picture. Good to own because you'll probably want to view it multiple times.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Noir Mystery
James Spader is John Parker, a stranger who comes to a small Pacific Northwest town, hooks up with a nurse, whose ex-husband is the local Deputy Sheriff, and robs a bank. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peter S. Bradley
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 3 months ago by jenna Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I rented this movie twice before I bought it. Great movie; the surprises keep coming. Arrived a lot sooner than I expected.
Published 3 months ago by Joann C. Supulski
3.0 out of 5 stars The Stick Up
Some nice twists in the story but it plods along part of the time making it slow in some scenes. If you patiently sit through it you shouldn't be disappointed with the overall... Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. A. Luster
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun film for what it is
For B films, this is a pretty entertaining caper with a strong performance by the always excellent James Spader. Read more
Published 11 months ago by lula_x
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cast....
Some movies you will see a second time because of the action (i.e. car chases, gunfights, etc.). I have seen it 3 times since I bought it to a great degree because of the sharp... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Michael L. Angell
4.0 out of 5 stars James Spader makes this a good movie
The script evolves into a good movie. The acting is on and off, but James Spader is the real stand out here. If you're a fan of his, you'll love it. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Robert Lange
2.0 out of 5 stars another movie
another movie madewith no zeal or inspiration, just a bunch of druggies trying too make a buck,holloywood has lost its drive
Published 23 months ago by read on
4.0 out of 5 stars The Stick Up
Not bad, moved along pretty good. Kind of a "who done it" movie with good ending. Worth a rental fee
Published 23 months ago by RK
4.0 out of 5 stars Good B movie
Who cannot enjoy James Spader, especially if one has seen Boston Legal episodes? This is not a complex movie, no eye-bursting high tech crashes, blood spatters, etc. Read more
Published on September 27, 2012 by R. W. Ruger
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