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  (in credits order)
Mike Maas ... Victor Drub / Dumpster Bum

Nick Fenske ... Mechanic
Mark Priolo ... Frank Priolo

Joe Carnahan ... Sid French
Andrew Fowler ... Mike Carbuyer
Gloria Gómez ... Julie Carbuyer (as Gloria Gomez)
Dan Leis ... Bob Melba
Josephine Arreola ... Elda
Dave Booth ... Jerry
Kevin Hale ... Pinto Guy
Max Ancar ... Frank Manzano
Leah Carnahan ... Ginger
Scott Taylor ... Dick Dupree Sr.

Eric Lutes ... Dick Dupree Jr.
Carlos V. Hernandez ... Diaz Carbajal (as Carlos Hernandez)
Dan Harlan ... Danny Woo
Karla Cave ... Dottie Woo
Karen Olsen ... Attendant
Matt Carnahan ... Mitchell Wayne Richter
James Salter ... Raymont Phelps

Ken Rudulph ... FBI Agent Jared
Jerry Rainbolt ... Jerry Goldman

Honor Echlund ... Dancer
Rick Reinaldo ... Inmate 1
Dave Collagan ... Inmate 2
Michael A. Saumure ... Vernon Cash (as Michael Saumure)
Kurt Johnson ... Hilbilly Sniper

Hugh McChord ... Mr. Reich
Tanja Anguay ... Woo Cowgirl 1
Priya Patel ... Woo Cowgirl 2
Chuck Leis ... Pete the Bartender
Kellee Benedict ... FBI Agent Littel

Mark S. Allen ... FBI Agent Franks
Shad Selby ... Paramedic
Stew Oleson ... Milt Huggins
Spencer Mulcahy ... Hick in Overalls
Dave Pierini ... Bill the Mechanic

Directed by
Joe Carnahan 
Writing credits
Joe Carnahan (written by)

Produced by
Peter Broderick .... executive producer
Joe Carnahan .... producer
Leon Corcos .... producer
Kevin Hale .... co-producer
Charles Leis .... executive producer
Dan Leis .... producer
Patrick Lynn .... producer (as Patrick M. Lynn)
Chip Sires .... co-producer
Original Music by
Martin Birke (original musical score)
Mark Priolo (original musical score)
Cinematography by
John Alexander Jimenez (director of photography) (as John A. Jimenez)
Film Editing by
Joe Carnahan 
Art Direction by
Eric Lutes 
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Eric Lutes .... makeup artist
Production Management
Leon Corcos .... post supervisor
Carlos V. Hernandez .... unit production manager (as Carlos Hernandez)
Mark Stolaroff .... post-production manager: Next Wave Films (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William H. Rhodes .... first assistant director (as William Rhodes)
Art Department
Eric Lutes .... designer: original boiler plate logo
Sound Department
Dave Booth .... boom operator
John Flanagan .... sound designer
John Flanagan .... sound editing
Aaron Kinney .... additional sound recording
Aaron Kinney .... sound effects
Spencer Mulcahy .... sound recordist
Chris Pickett .... sound effects
Mike Shively .... additional sound recording
Rockne Carnahan .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Kelly Bohren .... grip
Leon Corcos .... additional photography
Mark Herzig .... additional photography
Spencer Mulcahy .... gaffer
Kerry Sweeney .... grip (as Kieran M. Sweeney)
Editorial Department
Leon Corcos .... editor: Media 100 editing
Skot Kuiper .... telecine transfer
Andrew Pratt .... negative cutter (as Andy Pratt)
Harry Muller .... color timer (uncredited)
Tara Veneruso .... post-production consultant (uncredited)
Music Department
Dan Kolton .... composer: original lounge compositions
Mama's Gravy .... composer: additional music
Casualty Park .... composer: additional music
Mark Pieruccini .... composer: additional music
Luis Resto .... composer: original lounge compositions
Joel McDonell .... musician: drums, Mama's Gravy (uncredited)
Vince Mellone .... musician: guitar, Mama's Gravy (uncredited)
John Mullick .... musician: bass, Mama's Gravy (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Leon Corcos .... vehicle provider: 1963 Burgundy Le Mans
Joel McDonell .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Armain Austin .... production assistant
Jim Davis .... production assistant
Karen Olsen .... production assistant
Rick Stevenson .... weapons specialist
Sean Michael Sullivan .... production assistant (as Sean Sullivan)
Joel McDonell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mike Arbios .... special thanks
Karl R. Austen .... special thanks (as Karl Austen)
Michelle Byrd .... special thanks
George Allen Carnahan .... in memory of: 1925 - 1997
Maile Carnahan .... this film is dedicated to: with love and absolution (as Maile)
Mary Carnahan .... special thanks
Rockne Carnahan .... this film is dedicated to: with love and absolution (as Rockne)
Woody Carnahan .... special thanks (as Woody)
Deborah Chausse .... special thanks
Cario Cordero .... special thanks (as Cario)
Christy Cordero .... this film is dedicated to: with love and absolution (as Christine)
Sandy Cordero .... special thanks
Andy Crittenden .... special thanks
Karl Davis .... special thanks
Neil Friedman .... special thanks
Geoffrey Gilmore .... special thanks (as Geoff Gilmore)
Alan Koshiyama .... special thanks
Megan Leis .... special thanks
Hans Schiff .... special thanks
Jonathan Sehring .... special thanks
Sharon Sklar .... special thanks (as Sharan Sklar)
Mark Stolaroff .... special thanks
Milton Tabbot .... special thanks
Elliot Troshinsky .... special thanks
Tara Veneruso .... special thanks

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Rated R for violence and pervasive language
87 min
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Factual errors: The Pontiac LeMans central to the story is a 1964 model, not a 1963.See more »
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13 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Should be shown in film school, 16 July 2007
Author: F_Jenkins from la

Everything that can be bad about a movie is here. First off, if you're directing a very low budget movie, don't cast yourself in the lead. As clearly evident here, the lead flubs lines and ad-libs a lot to the already awful dialog, but since he's also the director/editor/craft service and everything, he can do what he wants.

This is another one of those "I think I'm just like Tarantino but I'm not actually even in the ballpark" movies. There are long scenes of bad dialog where a point is made, then repeated over and over and over and over for ten minutes. Some of it is so contrived and poorly written, it'll literally make you cringe (the Johnny Cash thing was amazingly bad). It's one of the problems with amateurs making movies these days: everything thinks by making pop culture references, you're the next Tarantino and it doesn't work that way. Editing in dialog was a huge necessity here but I'm guessing the writer/director/editor/grip didn't think so. I'm betting this script was done in one draft, that's it, let's shoot.

And editing and directing of the actual movie was pretty bad. Apparently the director has never heard of the words "establishing shot." 95% of the movie is done in extreme close up, much of the time the actor's faces aren't even fully in screen. There are lots of quick, useless cuts (a lot in black in white which does nothing other than remind you you're watching a poorly made movie).

I realize this is a low budget film, so when we see the crime scene and it's two "FBI" guys, a guy digging in the garbage who is apparently unfamiliar with the term "contanimating evidence" and an ambulance (which serves no purpose at all, the director must have known someone who works at an ambulance service), it's clearly evident there was no budget. If you can't make a realistic looking crime scene (at least have SOME POLICE and police tape is cheap), then don't have it at all. I had fast forwarded through a lot of the movie because it was pretty hard to watch. By the time I got to this scene, it was all I could stand.

Another amazingly annoying thing is the title cards that introduce EVERY SCENE. Because we're all too stupid to just get the scene without being introduced to it, we have to these annoying title cards that tell us what we're about to watch. Three or four times during a movie; that's okay. But every two minutes?

I do not refer to this as a "film" since it was shot on video and run through the "film look" software (like Magic Bullet) which only makes your video look like grainy video (although some of the cinematography on the outside stuff is done really well - I'll give them that).

What's move baffling to me is this guy actually got real directing work after (Narc and Smokin' Aces). What has the world come to? There's no doubt this guy has a huge ego (I don't know why). In his bio, he's actually got a bit about, and I quote: "...where his journey to greatness began." Someone shoot me.

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