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Kwik Stop
Kwik Stop
Actors: Michael Gilio, Lara Phillips, Rich Komenich, Karin Anglin, Kris Wolff
Director: Michael Gilio
Genres: Comedy, Drama
UR     2005     1hr 50min

Kwik Stop is an edgy, engaging tale about a traveling drifter called Lucky, who decides to hit the road for California and knock off a few stores along the way. But the tables are turned when a daring young drifter on a j...  more »


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Actors: Michael Gilio, Lara Phillips, Rich Komenich, Karin Anglin, Kris Wolff
Director: Michael Gilio
Creators: Michael Gilio, David Blood, Chris McKay, Bob Fagan, Fern Baker, Paul Marcus, Rachel Tenner, Scott Casty
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama
Studio: Genius Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/18/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 50min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A Must See Independent Film
Denis Hennelly | 06/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this film at the Los Angeles Film Festival a couple years ago. I was shocked it took so long to find distribution. It is a classic American story, weird in all the right ways. Emotional tension, amazing acting, assured direction, beautiful cinematography... funny, sweet, heartbreaking, honest and moving.

It's best not to know too much about the plot. It is impossible to predict where where the film is going to take you next, but it fulfills Aristotle's demand that the events in good story-telling must be both surprising and inevitable.

Take a chance on this one."
Independent Film-making at its pinnacle
J. C. Stine | Vancouver, BC | 08/25/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It is a rare thing when an independent film can be made with such a believable cast that you find yourself completely engulfed in watching it.
The director, who is also one of the main actors, immediately gets you interested in where the people and the story are going, and doesn't let up ever. It was only the ending scenes I found a little disappointing, but I guess I loved the interplay between the young man and woman at the beginning so much that I wanted to see more of their interaction. But like many European films there is no neatly wrapped up ending, which may bother some viewers. This is a film to be appreciated for its character studies more than its A to B progression."
Classic example of an Overlooked Film
D. Bennett | Chicago Suburbs | 05/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was lucky enough to see this movie at Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival a few years ago. My friends and I absolutely loved it, and over the last few years, I have often wondered why it never found a distributor. I couldn't imagine how it was possible that such a wonderful film could be kept from audiences, both theatrically and on DVD. I was beginning to lose hope, but I happened to check the internet movie database ( and noticed a DVD release date, which I confirmed on Amazon; needless to say I am overjoyed. I am going to recommend this movie to so many people it's ridiculous.

The nice thing about seeing it at the festival was that I got to meet Michael Gilio, the director and star of "Kwik Stop," as well as the film's producer. I am thrilled that they are finally going to have a chance to show their movie to the world. Hopefully the word-of-mouth will give it legs on DVD.

This movie is proof that great films can fall through the cracks; it should be high on the list of the Greatest Movies You've Never Seen."
Great American Indie!
J. Swanberg | Chicago, IL | 08/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This great comedy was sadly overlooked when it first hit the Festival scene in 2001. Even with Roger Ebert behind it, it failed to secure a distribution deal, though it had great success on the Festival circuit, winning several awards. Now that it's available on video, don't wait to see this film that's sure to gain a devoted following. The humor is subtle and smart, and the performances are all great. It's impossible to tell why distributors didn't pick this one up. It's one of the better American indie films of the decade, and certainly one of the best indie comedies."