DVD - 1997
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When a friend dies of a drug overdose, two musicians decide it's time to kick their drug habit by putting themselves into detox.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : PolyGram Video, c1997.
ISBN: 9780783277455
Branch Call Number: DVD FILM GRI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Gridlocked


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Apr 07, 2017

Opening scene. the three best friends:
Stretch: I'm thinking about getting a penis implant.
Spoon: Get the fxck out of here.
Stretch: No, I'm fxcking serious. They've got these do-it-yourself implants, now.
Stretch: You do most of it yourself, but somebody's got to give you a hand.
Spoon: What the fxck are you looking at me for? I'm not touching your dick!
Stretch: Hey Cookie, what about you?
Spoon: Come on, Stretch. Cookie doesn't want to hear that shxt about your dick. Do you, baby? Cookie?
You've got to chill with that ''nxgger'' shxt, man. You're comfortable with me, but don't call me ''nxgger'' in front of black people. They'll ask why I let a honky call me ''nxgger''.
-Term of fucking endearment.
It'll be a term of you getting your ass kicked. You can't say that! ''Nxgger''! You're not black! You're going to say that shxt to the wrong person, ...

Apr 07, 2017

The problem is, it's going to Lansing and back. These things take time. Temporary Medicaid cards are issued only for medical necessities.
-Why is everything such a fxcking hassle with you guys? I sit here in need of help, and you give me bullshxt about ''medical necessities''? It is a fxcking necessity for me to get into fxcking detox before I kill some-motherfxcking-body! Do you understand what I'm fxcking saying?
Yeah, I understand. Oh, I understand. Let me see if you understand this, my man: Rules are rules. Am I supposed to change them because you sit across there screaming? Take a look at you. You fxcking walk in here after five, ten, however many years, and because today is the day you decide to kick, the whole fxcking world is supposed to stop?! Is that it? We've all been waiting for the day that you come through that door and tell us you no longer want to be a fxcking dope fiend! Right? Get the fxck away from my desk.

Apr 07, 2017

Your name, sir?
-Ezekiel Whitmore.
Fill this out and bring it back.
-My friend's standing here in a coma. We need to see a doctor right away!
Fill this out and bring it back.
... It's alright, Cookie. OK. It's alright. Everything's going to be OK. We're at the hospital Everything's going to be OK. ...
-Can I see a doctor now, please?
Just a minute, sir. I need a Social Security number and a Medicaid number, if she has one. I'm assuming she does since you put ''yes'' in this box. A photo ID and the address of her next of kin.
-My fxcking lady's going to die here. We need a fxcking doctor right now! If I knew the numbers, I would've written them down! I need a fxcking doctor!
You don't use that language with me. You don't know me. Where did you get off talking to me like to some tramp? Nobody talks to me like that when I'm trying to do my job, because you know what? I'd let the bitch die!

Apr 07, 2017

Why are you still using that spoon for cooking dope? The finer shxt's evaporating. You should use a vitamin cap or cheese cap or something.
Because aluminium is a better conductor of heat than steel
-No shxt.
Yeah. Copper would be even better. I don't really know where you're going to find a copper top. I'd go with aluminium.
-Fxck aluminium, man. You get Alzheimer's off it. Old-timers... Wasn't that what Mohammad Ali got? He's fxcked-up. He used to be so quick... and shxt. It's kind of sad.
He's still got a quick mind.
-The shxt just comes out a lot slower.

Apr 07, 2017

This fxcking country is falling apart, man. People don't give a shit. It's ridiculous. The people with these government jobs sit on their asses, taking their time. You can't get them to help you, and if they do, they give you all this attitude like you're wasting their time. Excuse me, it's your fxcking job!
-My tax dollars are paying your wages, I'm your fxcking boss! Sometimes you want to reach across the desk and choke the shxt out of them.
Too right! Don't bust my balls because you hate your job. At least you've got one. There's a lot of people who can't get one. And if you do get a job there's no fxcking security. A friend's cousin's sister's brother-in-law worked for the same company for 20 years. Then what happened? They fired his fxcking ass!

Apr 07, 2017

You know, you guys are really great guys. I think cops get a bum rap sometimes. You are helping out a citizen with directions and employment information. You guys are great. You're professional Do you ever hear about guys like you? The ones who care and want to make a difference? No, all you hear about are the racists. The ones who use excessive force. The ones who are on the take. The ones who shoot their wives. Never you guys. Never the ones who truly serve and protect.
- Protect and serve.
Absolutely. You guys are my kind of guys. Nice cops.
Ever felt that your luck's running out, man? I mean... Lately I've been feeling like my luck's been running out. Maybe Cookie OD'ing is some kind of sign. I don't know. You know what I'm saying? I'm kicking. I'm kicking. Are you going to help me?
-Get the fxck out of here.
I'm serious. I mean... We don't even get high off the shit any more. We just do it to keep from getting sick. That shxt ain't fun no more.

Apr 07, 2017

You came too late. It's almost five and we're not giving out more appointments, so I'm going to stamp your application this way. Come back tomorrow. You can go directly to me without waiting.
- I can't wait 'til tomorrow, sir. Me and my friend need to get to a detox today. We've been running from office to office all day.
I understand, but the best I can do for you is give you an appointment, and even if I did that you wouldn't get Medicaid today. You have to come back in ten days to see an interviewer. Once they've reviewed your case, they'll notify you by mail That can take a month.
-So whoever told me about getting Medicaid in one day was bullshxtting me?
I would say that is correct. Either that, or they were misinformed. See, the only way to get on is if you're HIV infected.
- Yeah?
But you need a letter of proof from your doctor.

Apr 07, 2017

Stab me so we can go to the ER together part 1 of 2:
Where do you want me to stab you?
-Oh. Where do you think is best?
If I stab you in the stomach I might hit some organs and shxt.
-Yeah, you're right. Not the stomach.
What about the arm?
-Nah, too wimpy.
If you turn around I can stab you in the back.
-No, you'll fxcking paralyse me! Not the back. OK, my liver is on the left, the stomach's on the... No, my liver's on the left, my kidneys are back here and my stomach's on the right. No, my stomach's on the... Or are my kidneys on the left?
I think the stomach's to the left.
-I know my lungs are right here and I definitely don't want a punctured lung.
What about if I stab you between the organs? Maybe between where the stomach and the kidneys meet?
Yeah. Yeah, let's do it.
-Right here.
Yeah. Wait, wait, wait! Let's go over there, in the light. You'll kill me over here.
-Which side did you say?
This side.

Apr 07, 2017

Stab me so we can go to the ER together part 2 of 2:
-Right there.
Yeah. Come on, let's do it. Aahh! That fxcking hurts! Fxck! Oh, shit, you didn't even break the fxcking skin, man! -The fxcking knife's too dull
Oh, fxck! Do it again. Aahh! Shxt! ... Again.
Do it again! Aahh! Oh, my God! Shxt! Again. Aahh! Aahh! Shxt! Oh, shxt! Okay, O-fxcking-kay! Goddamn! Oh, my fxcking God!
-Are you OK?
-Yeah. Looks good, though.
Do you think so?
- Yeah. Yeah, it looks good. Alright, come on.
-Are you alright?
Yeah. Shxt, that hurts.
The problem is that we've got fundamental differences in our belief systems. You believe in the good of man, everything's going to work out. I knowthe world is a fxck-up and nothing's going to work out.

Apr 07, 2017

Everybody rushing from place to place The looks on their face no different from mine Both of us look like we've just worked a nine-to-five. What are they rushing for is my interest Rushing through trafficjam to get to emergency room trafficjam that's supposed to be a free clinic to hear that you have or if you don't have insurance it ain't nothing but the survival of the fittest What are they rushing for? Damn, this man at the window is slow The concept of time has us all fxcked and on top of that life ain't nothing but a trafficjam Life is too short, I feel trapped Hoping I don't get caught, watch my back Lost in the traffic, heartless and tragic Don't want to get my ass kicked so I walk in a smiley state Don't make me feel this way I tell you, life is a trafficjam, I'm stuck When will you realise you're fxcked? Don't try to change my ways, I'm hopeless, victims to the games we play. Stay focused, watch for the crazy ride, don't lie ...


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Aug 12, 2017

Too bad Tim Roth had to make a film with this tupac character.

Apr 07, 2017

Worth the ticket to watch these fresh faces back then: Thandie Newton was 24; Lucy Liu 27; Tim Roth 34 and Tupac Shakur 25 (2pac was murdered a few months prior to the film's released in 1997.) The dark and hilarious satire featured a trio of best friends who resigned themselves to jump through the maddening bureaucratic gridlock faced by the Detroit residents who sought social services. In their process, there were murders, police corruption and some graphic nudity, frequent drug use, some violence and dialogues populated with those offensive F, S and N words. Watch this if you are not offended by "Straight Outta Compton" and "Chi-Raq." Note: English captions with Spanish only subtitles, and digital transfer is not great that may have to adjust the screen aspect ratio for best visuals.

Nov 30, 2013

In this hard-edged drama with a strong undercurrent of dark comedy, Stretch (Tim Roth) and Spoon (Tupac Shakur) are two friends who share both a passion for music and a dependence on heroin. Stretch and Spoon play in a jazz combo with Cookie (Thandie Newton), and after a New Year's Eve gig, they score drugs and get high together. Cookie lacks her friends' experience with hard drugs and soon ends up in the hospital after a severe overdose.

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