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The Stickup (2002)

R | | Action, Crime, Mystery | May 2002 (USA)
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It's a quiet little town where nothing happens - until the day the bank is hit for half a million dollars by a thief wearing a clowns mask.

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Rowdy Herrington
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Spader ... John Parker
Leslie Stefanson ... Natalie Wright
David Keith ... Ray DeCarlo
John Livingston ... FBI Agent Rick Kendall
Robert Miano ... Lt. Vincent Marino
Alf Humphreys ... Mike O'Grady (as Alfred E. Humphreys)
Tim Henry ... Arlen Morris
Mark Holden ... Roy Freeman
Scott Heindl ... Steve Spizak
Alex Zahara ... Tommy Meeker
Alvin Sanders ... Harris
Cindy Maines Cindy Maines ... Female Teller
Karin Konoval ... Dr. Alvarez
Christina Jastrzembska ... Farm Woman
Chief Leonard George Chief Leonard George ... Chief Samson Redcloud (as Leonard George)
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Storyline

It's a quiet little town where nothing happens - until the day the bank is hit for half a million dollars of Indian casino money by a thief wearing a clowns mask. From here the story follows a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse between bank robber and former cop Parker (James Spader) and small-town police officer Ray DeCarlo (David Keith) determined to catch him. Parker doesn't help himself by holing up with a nurse who happens to be DeCarlo's former wife. Throw in a rookie FBI agent, Indians who want their money back, some former friends of Parker who are not so friendly anymore and his fate seems sealed. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Stick Up See more »

Filming Locations:

Hope, British Columbia, Canada

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

James Spader met his current wife on this film who happend to be his co-star, Leslie Stefanson. See more »

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During the drug raid Officer Steve Spizak uses his left hand on the shotgun trigger as if he was left handed but during the later lakeside cabin shootout he is using the shotgun as if he was right handed. See more »

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finally, a very meticulous thriller-with-a-twist
19 February 2003 | by alannasserSee all my reviews

An apparently disturbed/depressed loner is on the run after a daring bank heist. He meets a woman who sympathizes with his vulnerability and they begin a relationship which becomes jeopardized when she comes to suspect that he is the murderous stickup man. To say more could jeopardize your enjoyment of this movie.

I had sadly resigned myself, before viewing this flick, to the fact that the the chances of finding a good mystery or thriller any more are close to nil. Writing tends to be dreadful, story lines implausible and hackneyed, and the obligatory twists and "surprises" either predictable or preposterous. But here we have a nicely written and very cleverly constructed thriller-mystery whose twist is unexpected and ingeniously constructed. The technique of ongoing narrative flashbacks is most often clumsy and confusing. But in this movie the same technique is very meticulously realized and is essential to the bend in the story line that the film depends on for its punch as an exceptionally engaging thriller.

And don't be put off by the somewhat deliberate pace of the first third of the film. It's crucial to what this movie is about. Given the dismal standards that prevail in this film genre, I say this one merits a 10 out of 10.


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