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A Bag of Hammers (2011)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 12 March 2011 (USA)
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Two misfit best friends incapable of growing up, whose direction is tested by an abandoned child worn beyond his years. Together they invent the family they've always needed.

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Ben
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Alan
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Kelsey
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Marty
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Wyatt
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Lynette
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Kelsey - Age 18
Josh Cooke ...
The Cop
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Vince Ortega
Barb Rossmeisl ...
The Hobo (as Barbara Rossmeisl)
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Jorge (as Ricardo J. Chacon)
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Neighbor (as Dale Waddington Horowitz)
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Two car thieving buddies (Ben and Alan) come to personal crossroads when Kelsey, a likable but neglected and fairly well abandoned twelve-year-old boy, crosses their path. Ben and Alan, having bonded for life in helping each other escape unhappy home lives, react differently to Kelsey's situation. One deeply fears the responsibility of looking after a child (having had no personal experiences worth following) while the other finds himself compelled to take him in (seeing himself in the child - an abandoned kid whom no one else wants). Written by statmanjeff

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A comedy about good times and grand theft. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Nuijat faijat  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Johnny Simmons, who plays Kelsey at age 18, is the same age as Jake Sandvig, who plays Alan, his adoptive father. They were both 25 when A Bag of Hammers was made. See more »

Quotes

Ben: We all get a bag of hammers. You know what I mean? I mean, whether it's being poor, or catching cancer, divorce, losing your brother - losing your mother... You know what I mean, Kelsey? It's... Well, but the thing is th-tha... The thing IS is what you do with these hammers when you get 'em, 'cause that's what shows you what kind of a man you are, even if you're not ready to be one yet.
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This film is dedicated to Suellen and William Crano. Who are great parents. See more »

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References Young Frankenstein (1974) See more »

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8th and Main
Performed by Pete Bernhard
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A Very Enjoyable Story about Growing-Up and Becoming a Family
18 March 2011 | by (Austin, TX, United States) – See all my reviews

A Bag of Hammers was very well-received in its world premiere at Austin's SXSW Film Festival. Writer/Director Brian Crano has delivered an excellent first feature film that mixes comedy and drama. The script and the acting are first rate. The film tells the story of how two young thieves who don't really grow up until they are confronted with the responsibility of dealing with an abandoned child. It is a story about how family is extends beyond what we are born into to what we construct from bonds of love. The plot is believable and charming. The characters are delightfully human. In a world full of poorly-written and acted Hollywood blockbusters, A Bag of Hammers is the type of independent film that we need more of. Hopefully, it will get a wide theatrical release.


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