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A criminal bides his time at a seedy motel, waiting for his boss after killing several men and making away with a mystery bag.

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Lizard (as Kirk 'Sticky Fingaz' Jones)
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A criminal bides his time at a seedy motel, waiting for his boss after killing several men and making away with a mystery bag.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The cat's in the bag.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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20 March 2014 (Republic of Macedonia)  »

Also Known As:

Motel  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$29,231 (USA) (28 February 2014)

Gross:

$48,817 (USA) (7 March 2014)
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In the end on-screen credits, Matthew Williamsis listed twice as Set Dresser. See more »

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When John Cusack is speaking to the agent, the chain is on the door, then disappears and then reappears. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack: You want to tell me what this is all about? I mean, if you want me to protect this, don't you want me to know what it is?
Dragna: No, I don't.
Jack: Okay. Can I ask you a question?
Dragna: Go ahead.
Jack: In all due respect, why don't you just hire FedEx?
Dragna: Because I'm hiring you, Jack.
Jack: So, you want me to pick up this bag and bring it to you, and that's it?
Dragna: I want to pay you an exorbitant amount of money to get the bag and bring it to me.
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Stand My Ground
Written by John O'Regan
Performed by Diamond Rings
Published by Secret City Publishing
Courtesy of Astralwerks under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Despite some good performances, this falls flat
6 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At the start of The Bag Man, you get excited to see Cusack returning to his hit-man- persona ala Grosse Point Blank. Unfortunately, the film is nowhere near the caliber it should be. This is a film that rolls in dread and tries to put a Tarantino-esque spin on an age old storyline, needless to say, it doesn't work. As you watch the film and get further into the story, the central question of "what's in the bag" becomes less and less interesting and appealing. Despite a flat story, The Bag Man features strong performances from John Cusack and Rebecca De Costa which keeps the audience intrigued, even if the story doesn't. Robert De Niro can play a gangster in his sleep, so I can't exactly praise him for his performance here. Although, it is Robert De Niro so any screen presence he has is still good, just not as good as everybody wants him to be. The rest of the supporting cast, such as Crispin Glover and Dominic Purcell are mediocre, at best.

Overall, this film doesn't quite work the way we want it to. It sags in the middle and then gets a pick-me-up at the end. It doesn't click like it should, which is frustrating considering the talent behind the film. The Bag Man wants to be the best Tarantino movie that Tarantino never made. Instead, it looks and feels like a cheap direct-to-DVD mess with an A-list cast.


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