Ernest ‘Stick’ Stickley returns from prison, and very soon he gets involved with his old friend in a drug-running deal that goes sour. Hired by a rich investor, he tries to walk the line, but trouble follows him throughout as he tries to collect a debt and make up for lost time with his daughter. Stick also finds a new flame with a financial wiz and gets set to enjoy a new life, but Chucky and Nestor, the two hoods who owe him the debt, have other plans for Stick.
Burt Reynolds returns as Stick!
I have to admit that one reason I love this film is because of its leading lady. Ms. Bergen seems to be able to play her own character in this film, rather than playing off Burt’s character. Two of the best scenes are the one where she sums up the movie producer’s porposal as fraud, and of course the intimate scene in her bedroom with Burt’s character.
I am old enough to remember when this movie came out in the theaters. One review in a popular men’s magazine at the time panned the movie, largely faulting Burt’s performance (as I interpreted the review). Having been a fan of Mr. Reynolds films for many years, I was glad to see that he didn’t seem to take such reviews to heart at the time, and continues to entertain us, even today.
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