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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.

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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

At the ranch, one of the characters refers to a horse as the progeny of Red Rum. Red Rum did not sire any offspring as he was a gelding. 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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Thing About Me
Written by David Dearmon
Performed by Calvin Scott
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Cheesy

I rented this movie thinking, "Hey, Paul Walker wasn't too bad in the fast and furious films and Laurence Fishburne is just awesome so why not get it?" Well friends, looks can and are deceiving, and I learned the hard way last evening watching this film. The director is trying so bad to keep you involved (or wanting to be involved) and for me it wasn't happening. The whole 'syking everyone out to think I'm Bobby Z' script work got old really quick, Paul Walker's acting was sub par (I haven't seen a lot of his work but I've been told by many that he's not that great of an actor). I cannot imagine what went through Laurence Fishburne's head when choosing to be in this film, he has done better, WAY better! There are way too many close up shots of Paul Walker (for absolutely no other reason than to show off his "Good Looks" and play some really lame music along with it). There is always some hot girl and a kid involved that need their lives saved, if you've seen it once, you've seen it a hundred times (just this time with Paul Walker). I suggest this film to people who only like Paul Walker and his close ups and not action flicks, because thats about all you get. Walker couldn't portray a criminal to save his life! Sorry Paul Walker fans, your boy let me down.


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