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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall
Produced by
Written by Vondie Curtis-Hall
Music by Stewart Copeland
Cinematography Bill Pope
Edited by Christopher Koefoed
Distributed by Gramercy Pictures
Release dates
January 29, 1997 (1997-01-29)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $5 million
Box office $5.6 million

Gridlock'd is a 1997 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall and starring Tupac Shakur, Tim Roth, Lucy Liu, and Thandie Newton. It was the directorial debut of Curtis-Hall, who also has a small role in the film. The film's opening was relatively low, despite critical acclaim; its opening weekend netted only $2,678,372 and it finished with a little over $5.5 million.[1] The film paid tribute to star Tupac Shakur, who had been murdered four months prior to the film's release.


Set in Detroit, Gridlock'd centers around heroin addicts Spoon (Tupac Shakur), Stretch (Tim Roth) and Cookie (Thandie Newton). They are all in a band together in the spoken word genre. They go by the name of Eight Mile Road, with Cookie on the vocals, Spoon on the bass guitar (plus secondary vocals), and Stretch on the piano. Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their habit after Cookie overdoses on her first hit. Throughout a disastrous day, the two addicts dodge police and local criminals while struggling with an apathetic government bureaucracy that thwarts their entrance into a rehabilitation program.



Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
1997 Gridlock'd 1
  • US: Gold


The New York Times editor Janet Maslin praised Shakur's performance: "He played this part with an appealing mix of presence, confidence and humor".[2] Desson Howe, for the Washington Post, wrote, "Shakur and Roth, who seem born for these roles, are allowed to take charge – and have fun doing it".[3] USA Today gave the film three out of four stars and felt that Hall had not "latched onto a particularly original notion of city blight. But he knows how to mine the humor in such desperation".[4]

Entertainment Weekly gave the film "B" rating and Owen Gleiberman wrote, "Gridlock'd doesn't have the imaginative vision of a movie like Trainspotting, yet it's more literally true to the haphazard torpor of the junkie life than anything we've seen on screen since Drugstore Cowboy... Curtis Hall has caught the bottom-feeder enervation of heroin addiction".[5]

Box office[edit]

Gridlock'd debuted at #9 at the US box office with $2,678,372.[6]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Maslin, Janet (January 29, 1997). "And You Thought Recovery Was Serious Business". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Howe, Desson (January 31, 1997). "Surprisingly Footloose". Washington Post. 
  4. ^ Wloszczyna, Susan (January 29, 1997). "Late Rapper and Roth Animate Gridlock'd". USA Today. 
  5. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (January 31, 1997). "Gridlock'd". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  6. ^ "Pulling Far, Far Away From the Pack". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 

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