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Zig Zag (2002)

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An autistic 15-year-old boy steals money from his boss to provide rent for his abusive father, who uses the money to repay a loan shark.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Singer
Ivan Basso ...
Warren G. Hall ...


Dean Singer has terminal cancer, yet is determined to spend his last days taking care of his 15 year-old 'big brother program' protégé, Louis 'Zig Zag' Fletcher. Dean got Louis a dishwasher job in shamelessly abusive, exploiting Mr. 'The Toad' Walters' restaurant. Louis' dead-beat, neglecting yet abusive dad pushes him for 'rent' (actually to repay violent loan-shark Cadillac Tom), which the half-wit gets by - stealing from Walters' safe, remembering numbers being his only talent. Singer is determined to return the money, despite excessive risks, with surprising allies. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated R for strong language and sexual content, elements of drugs and violence | See all certifications »




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9 July 2002 (USA)  »

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The length of Singer's cigarette when he is in the hospital with Jenna. See more »


Jenna: What's your name?
ZigZag: ZigZag. Two big Z's, two little G's.
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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »


Performed by 'Grant Lee PHillips'
Courtesy of Rounder Records
By arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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And the oscar goes to....SAM JONES III!!!
2 November 2002 | by (Muncie, IN) – See all my reviews

ZIGZAG is the story of an autistic 15-year-old boy named ZigZag, spelled with two big Z's and two little G's (Sam Jones III) who steals money from his boss (Oliver Platt) to provide rent for his abusive father (Wesley Snipes), who uses the money to repay a loan shark (Luke Goss). Writer David S. Goyer most known for his dark superhero films, such as BLADE and THE CROW:CITY OF ANGELS, succeeds with this little drama which in a way is also about a superhero, only this superhero is a 15 year old autistic child. Young actor Sam Jones III absolutely made me fall in love with ZigZag. And that's something I don't say lightly and something I don't ever remember happening in recent years. I mean Sam Jones' performance in this film blows away anything Russell Crowe did in the much-acclaimed BEAUITIFUL MIND and is a far better performance than what Crowe won for (GLADIATOR). Jones' performance is flawless. While I know he won't even be considered come Oscar time he should be the winner. Watch out for this kid. He can truly act. I think he's on SMALLVILLE now but I'm not real sure because I never watch the show. John Leguizamo (MOULIN ROUGE; COLLATERAL DAMAGE), who usually comes off rather annoying to me, also shines as Singer, the big brother character of ZigZag.. The chemistry between Leguizamo and Jones is brilliant and lights up the screen. The other performances make stnd out as well. Oliver Platt (THE THREE MUSKETEERS; LIBERTY STANDS STILL) revels in a wonderfully rich and funny supporting role. Natasha Lyonne (AMERICAN PIE 1 and 2) delivers a rich performance as a hooker with a heart and Wesley Snipes (LIBERTY STANDS STILL; BLADE) casts is beleivable as a crack-addicted abusive father. You can tell that Snipes has either been around that sort of thing or has experienced it for himself. He knows how to act and what he's doing. But when it's all said and done, its Sam Jones III who is the heart and soul of the film, and ultimately why we care to see it unfold.

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