6.8/10
1,400
34 user 2 critic

Stickmen (2001)

Three young men unwittingly become involved in an underground pool tournament.

Director:

Hamish Rothwell

Writer:

Nick Ward
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

4 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A talented pool hustler who has stayed out of the game for years, must go back to his old ways when his little brother gets involved with his enemy, the very man who held him back from greatness.

Director: Mars Callahan
Stars: Mars Callahan, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Rosenbaum
9-Ball (2012)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A young woman aspires to become a 9-ball professional and champion but her hustling uncle has other plans for her skills.

Director: Anthony Palma
Stars: Jennifer Barretta, Jennifer Butler, Kurt Hanover
Running Out (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Byron Cepek
Stars: Byron Cepek, Sarah Davis, Vanessa Davis
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A famous DJ in the Ibiza club scene finds the alcohol and drug-fueled party that is his life threatened by the progressive loss of his hearing.

Director: Michael Dowse
Stars: Paul Kaye, Beatriz Batarda, Kate Magowan
The Baron and the Kid (TV Movie 1984)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

William "The Baron" Addington is a former pool pro whose lifetime of boozing has cost him his career and family. Determined to straighten out his life, he gave up drinking and now plays ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Nelson
Stars: Johnny Cash, Darren McGavin, Greg Webb
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Four raucous Samoans are banned from their best friend's wedding. To get in, they have to prove themselves as mature individuals by getting and keeping girlfriends.

Director: Chris Graham
Stars: Oscar Kightley, Iaheto Ah Hi, Shimpal Lelisi
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A tale of two hustlers trying to set up a big game.

Director: Robert Ellis Miller
Stars: James Coburn, Omar Sharif, Ronee Blakley
Shooting Gallery (Video 2005)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A street-smart pool player falls in with a pack of hustlers. As he rises in the underground circuit, he lands in the middle of a match between his boss and a crooked cop.

Director: Keoni Waxman
Stars: Ving Rhames, Roselyn Sanchez, Daniel Newman
The Hustlers (TV Series 2015)
Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A drama surrounding a group of pool players as they try to advance up the rankings in their pool hall. There are multiple simultaneous stories, that show how the stress and anxiety of high stakes gambling can make or break you.

Stars: Jennifer Barretta, Mike Dechaine, William Finnegan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robbie Magasiva ... Jack
Paolo Rotondo ... Thomas
Scott Wills ... Wayne
Simone Kessell ... Karen
Anne Nordhaus Anne Nordhaus ... Sara
Kirk Torrance ... Holden
John Leigh ... Dave
Enrico Mammarella ... Daddy
Luanne Gordon Luanne Gordon ... Lulu
Matthew Chamberlain Matthew Chamberlain ... Hugh (as Matt Chamberlain)
James Coleman James Coleman ... Graham
Rhys Morgan Rhys Morgan ... Jimmy
Victor Rodger Victor Rodger ... Eric
Mick Rose ... Father Benton
Shane Bartle Shane Bartle ... Father Carhill
Edit

Storyline

Jack, Thomas and Wayne are the Stickmen. They like nothing more than to have a beer in one hand, a pool cue in the other, a coin on the table and their mates around them. They play pub pool for fun and money at Dave's bar. Desperate to get out of debt, Dave gets the Stickmen entered into a high stakes pool tournament run by vicious crime boss "Daddy". He also gets them into a whole rack of trouble. Can the Stickmen beat the odds, pocket the money, win the girls and save Dave? You rack 'em, they crack 'em. And never take your eye off the ball. Written by Evan Yates <yates@hnpl.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Playing the Shots. Covering the Angles. Waiting for the Big Break.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, language and some violence | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Stickmen

Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 2001 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Billar clandestino See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Stick Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

[All trivia items for this title are spoilers.] See more »

Goofs

The last line of credits shows the production year as MCMX (1910). It should say MMI. See more »

Quotes

[on Wayne losing a game by missing the black]
Thomas: Now he likes the rules.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Making of 'Stickmen' (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Who's Making Love
Performed by Joanne Taylor
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Fairly derivative stuff but still quite fun to watch if you're in an undemanding mood
29 October 2004 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Jack is a ladies' man who can barely remember the names of the many women he has had in his bed – even when they are still in his bed. Wayne has been dumped by his girlfriend, while Thomas barely sees his and is starting to cheat with Sara. Together they have one main love – playing pool in their local bar. When the barman gets into money trouble he strikes a deal with loan shark 'Daddy' to bet the rest of the bar on his three customers to win Daddy's annual high profile pool contest. Going under the name Stickmen, the trio enter the contest, but can they keep their nerves among distractions and Daddy's violent methods for managing anything.

Not sure what this was about, I decided to give it a go in the absence of anything else that I really wanted to see. The film marks itself out as being based around the visual style and snappy dialogue of things like Lock, Stock, with the similar theme of crime and cool protagonists. In this regard I kind of accepted that this film wasn't going to do anything special at any point and I just met it on its own terms. The plot is nothing more than a collection of unlikely pool games punctuated with talking, f*cking or fighting all on the way to the inevitable conclusion with a few unconvincing twists. It never really does anything unexpected but it does have a certain energy to it that keeps it watchable.

The director has learnt from other people and gives the film a good atmosphere with a good sense of energy and style – again it is hardly different or unique but it does work well enough to do the job. The script has the same rough energy to it, mixing pop culture references with enough of a flirtatious swagger to come across as entertaining even if it lacks any real laughs, clever scripting or wit. The cast help the script in this area, with some typically New Zealand acting – tough guys, sassy women etc. Magasiva is a nice presence – build, sexy and with good charisma; he has little to do other than that but he is as required. Wills provides some good laughs and even Rotondo deals well with the fact that he has to carry much of the actual story involving his character and Sara. Nordhaus also has this problem and she does better than the material allows. Kessell is very cute and sexy but doesn't do much more than that – but in fairness the film didn't ask for anything else. The various support characters all help keep the films energy with several colourful parts, albeit they just gimmicks rather than people.

Overall this is not a very good film but it treads a solid path that is energetic and stylish enough to cover its many weaknesses and produce a roughly enjoyable film. Lacking anything original to do and with a pretty thin plot, it falls to the director's style, snappy dialogue, sex, violence and pool scenes to carry the film; they're not much cop any of them but they do enough to carry the film anyway.


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 34 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed