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Bobby Z (2007)

The Death and Life of Bobby Z (original title)
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A DEA agent provides former Marine Tim Kearney with a way out of his prison sentence: impersonate Bobby Z, a recently deceased drug dealer, in a hostage switch with a crime lord.

Director:

John Herzfeld

Writers:

Bob Krakower (screenplay), Larry Schapiro (screenplay) (as Allen Lawrence) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Walker ... Tim Kearney
Laurence Fishburne ... Tad Grusza
Olivia Wilde ... Elizabeth
Jason Flemyng ... Brian
Keith Carradine ... Johnson
Joaquim de Almeida ... Don Huertero
J.R. Villarreal ... Kit
Jason Lewis ... Bobby Z
Jacob Vargas ... Jorge Escobar
Michael Bowen ... Duke
M.C. Gainey ... Boom Boom
Josh Stewart ... Monk
Margo Martindale ... Macy
Raymond J. Barry ... Stanley (as Raymond Barry)
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Mexican Detective
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Storyline

A DEA agent provides former Marine Tim Kearney with a way out of his prison sentence: impersonate Bobby Z, a recently deceased drug dealer, in a hostage switch with a crime lord. When the negotiations go awry, Kearney flees, with Z's son in tow. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

To live a life of his own, he has to die first. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, some drug use, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2007 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Bobby Z See more »

Filming Locations:

Dana Point, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Carradine and Wilde were both in Cowboys and Aliens See more »

Goofs

You can see a member of the crew walk by inside Monk's house when Elizabeth and Monk are sitting outside of his home talking about their future plans together. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jorge Escobar: [throwing down photo] This guy is perfect. His name is Tim Kearney, three-time loser from Palm Dale.
Tad Gruzsa: Definitely a resemblance. Family?
Jorge Escobar: Mom's dead, dad split.
Tad Gruzsa: Uncles, aunts, brothers, sister?
Jorge Escobar: Tim's an only child. On his own since he was 15.
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Alternate Versions

The European versions of this film open and close with a hippie played by Bruce Dern talking about the death and life of Bobby Z. The US version does not have these scenes which open and bookend the movie. See more »

Soundtracks

Agua De Rosas
Written by Lila Downs and Paul Cohen
Performed by Lila Downs
Published by Nara Music and Cloud People Music(BMI)
Courtesy of Narada Productions,Inc.
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Not too bad for straight to DVD
17 April 2009 | by paramount-servicesSee all my reviews

For a seemingly low budget film, Bobby Z wasn't too bad. Moves pretty quickly, but with a weak storyline and plot, it is clear why it was a straight to DVD feature. Paul Walker does a decent job with a character that an Actor won't be able to do much with, except go with the flow. No real surprises, or twists and turns, just straight to the point B rated action. Actually has some pretty good fighting sequences and shoot outs. Laurence Fishburne is surprisingly cast as a supporting with a weak performance, mainly due to the script and content and possibly direction as well. Bobby Z is definitely a good B movie, with a rating of 5 overall considering everything listed above. All in all, this film is definitely worth watching if you're just chillin' with 97 minutes to spare. And Paul Walker is not nearly as bad an Actor as everyone tries to make him out to be. Have fun.


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