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The Bag Man -- THE BAG MAN is a taut crime thriller that follows the story of Jack (John Cusack), a tough guy with chronic bad luck but human touches. Hired by Dragna (Robert De Niro), a legendary crime boss to complete a simple but unusual task, the plot centers around the anticipated arrival of Dragna who has summoned Jack and a host of shady characters to a remote location for unknown reasons. Over the course of a long and violently eventful night awaiting Dragna's arrival, Jack's path crosses that of Rivka (Rebecca Da Costa), a stunningly beautiful woman whose life becomes physically and emotionally entangled with Jack's. When Dragna finally arrives on the scene there are sudden and extreme consequences for all.
The Bag Man -- THE BAG MAN is a taut crime thriller that follows the story of JACK (John Cusack), a tough guy with chronic bad luck but human touches. Hired by DRAGNA (Robert De Niro), a legendary crime boss to complete a simple but unusual task, the plot centers around the anticipated arrival of Dragna who has summoned JACK and a host of shady characters to a remote location for unknown reasons. Over the course of a long and violently eventful night awaiting Dragna’s arrival, Jack’s path crosses that of RIVKA (Rebecca Da Costa), a stunningly beautiful woman whose life becomes physically and emotionally entangled with Jack’s. When Dragna finally arrives on the scene there are sudden and extreme consequences for all.
The Bag Man -- 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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20 March 2014 (Republic of Macedonia) See more »
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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. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

John Cusack ... Jack

Rebecca Da Costa ... Rivka

Robert De Niro ... Dragna

Crispin Glover ... Ned

Dominic Purcell ... Larson

Sticky Fingaz ... Lizard (as Kirk 'Sticky Fingaz' Jones)

Martin Klebba ... Guano

David Shumbris ... Pike

Chazz Menendez ... Man in Suit #1

Ian Mclaughlin ... Man in Suit #2

Theodus Crane ... Goose

Mike Mayhall ... Deputy Jones

Danny Cosmo ... Bishop
John Wilmot ... Teller
J. Todd Anderson ... Harvey

Celesta Hodge ... Janet
David Grovic ... Lawyer
Jackson ... Dragna's Dog

Josh Robert Thompson ... Voices (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nate Steinwachs ... Office Worker (uncredited)

Directed by
David Grovic 
Writing credits
David Grovic (written by) and
Paul Conway (written by)

James Russo (original screenplay "Motel")

Produced by
David Diliberto .... associate producer
Cherelle George .... line producer
Peter D. Graves .... producer
Warren Ostergard .... producer
Original Music by
Tony Morales 
Edward Rogers 
Cinematography by
David Knight (director of photography)
Steve Mason (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Devin Maurer 
Michael R. Miller 
Casting by
Dean E. Fronk 
Donald Paul Pemrick 
Production Design by
J. Dennis Washington 
Art Direction by
Kelly Curley 
Set Decoration by
Cynthia Anne Slagter 
Makeup Department
Joseph Farulla .... makeup for Ms DaCosta
Marcos Gonzales .... key hair stylist
Scott Hersh .... makeup department head: New York unit
Satoko Ichinose .... department head hair: New York unit
Daniel Jouet .... makeup artist
Chris Kelly .... prosthetics supervisor
Jack Lazzaro .... key makeup artist
Michael Marino .... prosthetic makeup designer
Ebony Parson .... assistant makeup artist
Jerry Popolis .... hair stylist: Robert DeNiro
Thomas Terhaar .... assistant hair stylist
Carla White .... makeup artist: Robert DeNiro
Natalie Wood .... makeup department head
Production Management
Warren Ostergard .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kim Barnard .... key second assistant director: second unit
Erik J. Carpenter .... second assistant director
Jason Fesel .... second second assistant director: New York
Cristi Rickey .... second second assistant director
Cristi Rickey .... third assistant director
Chad Rosen .... first assistant director
Ann C. Salzer .... first assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Alice Alward .... art department coordinator
J. Todd Anderson .... storyboard artist
Michael Arena .... key greensman
Cecile Aymami .... scenic foreman
Brian Babineaux .... painter
Eddie Burcham .... set dresser
William Burck .... carpenter
Alexandra Capps .... assistant property master
Dirk Clark .... carpenter
Ashley Clements .... art department production assistant
Iggie Colomer .... set dresser
Spencer Davison .... model maker
Lara Graffunder .... buyer
Leonard Marchand .... property master (as Leonard Lavigueur)
Joe McCusker .... construction coordinator
Jason Oertling .... scenic painter
Jesse Michael Owen .... storyboard assistant
Jared Pendergrass .... additional property
Dave Quinlan .... carpenter
Kelly C. Smith .... scenic
Tony Ziegler .... set dresser
Tim Zydel .... set dresser
Sound Department
Rene' Defranchesch .... additional boom operator
Joel Dougherty .... supervising sound editor
Sandra Fox .... foley artist
Jack Heeren .... foley mixer
Warren Hendriks .... sound re-recording mixer
Dan Izen .... sound mixer
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
Daniel Kuzila .... sound utility: second unit
Erik H. Magnus .... sound mixer: second unit (as Erik Magnus)
Beauxregard Neylon .... adr mixer
Jason Oliver .... adr mixer
James Eck Rippie .... sound utility
Ross Simpson .... boom operator
Don White .... foley recording mixer
Special Effects by
James Alexander .... special effects technician
Peter Chesney Jr. .... special effects coordinator
Peter Chesney .... special effects supervisor
Kim Derry .... special effects technician
Mark Hava .... special effects technician
Emmet Kane .... special effects technician
Isaiah LaBorde .... special effects technician
Michelle Nyree .... special effects hair work
Katie Riggs .... pyrotechnician
Russell Tamillo .... special effects office manager
Visual Effects by
Jordan Alphonso .... digital compositor
Richard Aponte .... digital compositor
Daniel Briney .... digital compositor
Peter Chesney .... visual effects supervisor
Darrell Claunch .... digital compositor
Victor DiMichina .... visual effects producer: Pixel Magic
Adam Folse .... visual effects artist
Jacob Kebodeaux .... visual effects artist
Scott Lissard .... digital compositor
Pravin Mahtani .... digital compositor
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... visual effects producer/supervisor
Brad Moylan .... lead compositor: Pixel Magic
Melissa Quintas .... digital compositor
Tim Sisco .... motion graphics
Patrick Trahan .... digital compositor
J. Thomas Wilson .... digital compositor
Chelsea Bruland .... stunt driver
Chris J. Fanguy .... water safety
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Martin Klebba .... stunt double: Martin Klebba
Hans Marrero .... stunt double: Sticky Fingaz
Ian Mclaughlin .... co-stunt coordinator
Ian Mclaughlin .... stunt double: John Cusack
Travis Merendino .... stunt double: Dominic Purcell (as Travis Merindino)
Carl Anthony Nespoli .... stunt double: Robert De Niro
Elena Sanchez .... stunt double: Rebecca Da Costa
David Shumbris .... stunts
Shawnna Thibodeau .... stunts
Kevin Waterman .... stunt double: Crispen Glover
Camera and Electrical Department
Ted Alderman .... electrician
Joshua Anderson .... additional lamp operator
Autumn Boh .... first assistant camera
Eric Boncher .... gaffer: New York
Victor Brunette .... hd video assist operator
Scott Calcagno .... best boy rigging grip
Matt Cipro .... grip
Jarrid Clinkinbeard .... rigging gaffer
James Crisp .... assistant camera
Bryan Delorenzo .... first assistant camera: day player
Eric DePoorter .... rigging grip
Eric Dyson .... first assistant camera
David Edwards .... second assistant camera
Joe Engelbrecht .... additional grip
Brigitte Faucheaux .... hd video assist operator: second unit
Grant Fitch .... epk cinematographer
Grant Fitch .... still photographer
Grant Fitch .... vfx still photographer
Chris Flowers .... electrician
Brouke Franklin .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (second unit)
Gonzalo Gonzalez .... best boy electric
Everett Grant .... lighting technician
Emil Hampton .... first assistant camera
Jeremy Horn .... dimmer board operator
Stan Hoyt .... lighting technician: second unit
McKay Johnson .... data management technician
David Knight .... a camera steadicam
David Knight .... director of photography: New York
Richard Landry .... dimmer board operator
Patrick Longman .... aerial cinematographer
Christian May .... best boy electric
Griffin McCann .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Mason McGuire .... second unit: best boy electric
Greg Morris .... camera operator: "a" camera: second unit
Robert S. Nielsen .... lighting technician
Ryne Niner .... digital imaging technician
Allen Parks .... gaffer
David Satin .... digital imaging technician: reshoots
Wayne Sharp .... a dolly grip
James Allen Sheppard .... video assist operator: New Orleans unit
Yasu Tanida .... camera operator
Yasu Tanida .... director of photography: second unit
Robb W. Turner .... balloon technician
Sergio Villegas .... lighting technician
Reuben Wilder .... rigging electrician
Casting Department
Madison Chioles .... casting assistant
Charlotte Gale .... extras casting
Parvaneh Mireille .... casting: NY
Rene Moran .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pam Buchanan .... assistant costume designer
Mollie Gates .... set costumer
Amy Lynch .... costume supervisor
Monica Ruiz-Ziegler .... costumer: Mr. De Niro
Liz Staub .... costumer designer
Colin Wilkes .... key set costumer
Editorial Department
Mandy Arnold .... digital intermediate editor
Anna Holley .... apprentice editor
McKay Johnson .... dailies operator
Trent Johnson .... digital film colorist
Morning Star Schott .... digital intermediate producer
Dawn Spatz .... assistant editor
Benjamin Sutor .... on-line editor
Jane Tones .... assistant editor
Music Department
Kyle Clausen .... music editor
Joe Lisanti .... music editor
Risto R Muzik .... synthesizer programmer
Kent Verderico .... original music recording engineer
Mark Wike .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Oscar Austin .... transportation captain
Mark L. Basler .... driver
Dan Mortenson .... transportation coordinator
Kandace Mortenson .... transportation
Michael Schlumbrecht .... picture car coordinator
Other crew
Kristen Anthony .... production assistant
Bianca Arvin .... assistant: Mr. Cusack
Garrett Blackard .... second unit production assistant
Kris Butler .... head set medic
Jennifer Carriere .... script supervisor
Nick Chandler .... assistant to producer
Nick Chandler .... making of: co- producer
Nick Chandler .... production secretary
Lauren Ciell .... assistant accountant
Mason Cooper .... production consultant: epk
Stacey Cormier .... production assistant
Jared DePasquale .... set medic
Matt DiFranco .... production coordinator
Arthur Dix .... additional script supervisor
Meg Dudley .... assistant to Mr. De Niro
Greg Engleberg .... production assistant
Danielle Fischer .... payroll accountant
Teri Fischer .... first assist accountant
Grant Fitch .... epk: producer/director
Grant Fitch .... photographer: poster & dvd cover
Jocelyn Fizia .... office production assistant
Ashley Foster .... basecamp production assistant
Amber Gaiennie .... location assistant
Kayla Gueho .... location coordinator
Steven Havira .... assistant to ms. da costa
Steven Havira .... assistant to producers
David P Hebert .... assistant location manager
Marcin Janowski .... international marketing and publicity executive
Charlotte Lancaster .... craft service
Adam Levy .... set medic
Andrew Little .... office production assistant
Travis Alan McAfee .... key set production assistant
Tim McDuffee .... production assistant
Patrick Mizell .... location scout
Darrell O'Neill .... second unit production assistant
Annie Poirier .... assistant production coordinator
Keith W. Rodriguez .... additional production assistant
Mikhaela Rosen .... production assistant: addl. photography (as Mikhaela Gregory)
Stanislav Shkilnyi .... e&o broker
Kristen Simmonds .... assistant to the director
Shane Tunney .... additional production assistant
Tim Turner .... production accountant
Dodd Vickers .... location scout

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Rated R for violence, sexual content and language
108 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The paintings of Robert DeNiro Sr. (the actor's father) are shown at the end of the film, as Dragna walks around and explains his plan to Rivka.See more »
Continuity: The broccoli on Robert DeNiro's plate (on the plane) changes positions several times.See more »
[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?
Ned:No, I don't.
Jack:Okay. Can I ask you a question?
Ned:Go ahead.
Jack:In all due respect, why don't you just hire FedEx?
Ned: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?
Ned:I want to pay you an exorbitant amount of money to get the bag and bring it to me.
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Disappointing waste of talented actors, 26 April 2014
Author: Rick-34 ( from United States

There's a red flag with movies that go straight to video, esp. one that features big stars like Robert DeNiro and John Cusack. The supporting case, including Rebecca Da Costa and Crispin Clover, is also strong.

But something is just very wrong with this film. It tries way too hard. It tries to be "gritty" but succeeds only in being clichéd. The script has many twists, but most of them are fairly predictable. The problem is that characters do many things without any visible motivation to do so. This leaves us wondering whether the writers are bad or just doing a bad job trying to sneaky. As the motivations become apparently, it becomes increasingly obvious that it's just bad writing.

John Cusack is playing a role reminiscent of his character in "Identity", which unfortunately was another bad movie. DeNiro plays a crime boss, a role he can do in his sleep. Neither is bad, it's just that they have so little to work with.

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