Taglines: Based on the novel by Elmore Leonard.
Ernest “Stick” Stickley, a former car thief, has just been released from prison. He meets up with an old friend, Rainy, whose “quick stop” near the Florida Everglades before they go home is an illegal drug deal that goes sour. With his friend dead, Stick needs to hide out for a while to elude the killers who must eliminate him as a witness.
While lying low, Stick finds himself in the right place at the right time when he helps a wealthy eccentric named Barry get into his locked car. Hired as a driver, he has a comfortable home with a stable job and tries to make up for lost time with Katie, his teen-age daughter. He also finds a new flame in Kyle, a financial consultant who acts as a business adviser for Barry, who must decide what of Stick can be salvaged.
Before he can move on, however, Stick confronts drug dealer Chucky to demand the money owed to his murdered friend. Chucky refuses and sends albino hit-man Moke after the ex-con. Stick can’t get on with his new life without cleaning up old business first. He becomes the target of Moke as well as the cartel that employs Chucky, led by the voodoo-obsessed Nestor.
A three-way confrontation on a high-rise balcony ends in Chucky’s and Moke’s deaths. Stick must then rely on his quick wit and fists to deal with his final enemy, Nestor, who has kidnapped Stick’s daughter.
Stick is a 1985 American crime film directed by and starring Burt Reynolds, Candice Bergen, George Segal, Charles Durning, Richard Lawson, Castulo Guerra, Tricia Leigh Fisher, and Sachi Parker, based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard.
Directed by: Burt Reynolds
Starring: Burt Reynolds, Candice Bergen, George Segal, Charles Durning, Richard Lawson, Castulo Guerra, Tricia Leigh Fisher, Sachi Parker
Screenplay by: Elmore Leonard
Production Design by: James Shanahan
Cinematography by: Nick McLean
Film Editing by: William D. Gordean
Costume Design by: Norman Salling
Set Decoration by: Phil Abramson
Art Direction by: Edward Richardson
Music by: Joseph Conlan, Barry De Vorzon
Distributed by: Universal Studios
Release Date: April 26, 1985