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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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Brian Crano
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Ritter ... Ben
Jake Sandvig ... Alan
Chandler Canterbury ... Kelsey
Rebecca Hall ... Melanie
Todd Louiso ... Marty
Gabriel Macht ... Wyatt
Carrie Preston ... Lynette
Johnny Simmons ... Kelsey - Age 18
Josh Cooke Josh Cooke ... The Cop
Micah Hauptman ... Vince Ortega
Barb Rossmeisl Barb Rossmeisl ... The Hobo (as Barbara Rossmeisl)
Devika Parikh ... Interviewer 1
Greg Clark Greg Clark ... Interviewer 2
Ricardo Chacon ... Jorge (as Ricardo J. Chacon)
Dale Waddington ... Neighbor (as Dale Waddington Horowitz)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

A con is easy. Family is hard. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nuijat faijat See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Lynette is hanging her interview shirt she hangs it aslant. In the next shot, the shirt is hanged perfectly. See more »

Quotes

Marty: It's endlessly fucked up to me that you steal cars from dead people.
Alan: They're not dead people.
Ben: Yeah, they're dead people's relatives.
Marty: I remember when you were nice boys.
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Crazy Credits

This film is dedicated to Suellen and William Crano. Who are great parents. See more »

Connections

References Young Frankenstein (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

I Don't Want To Go
Written by Johnny Flynn
Performed by Johnny Flynn and Adam Beach
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would have given it 10 but ...............
25 August 2012 | by cekadahSee all my reviews

first - watch this movie! it is a must see for anyone who is a fan of independent art cinema. i was captivated from the start.

each actor pulls their role off to perfection. the plot line is compelling. and no, i do not believe the two lead characters are gay. anyone who can claim otherwise has never had a close personal friend. their relationship is based on like minds with one goal - they called it 'the plan'. until a third partner shows up and brings their conscience selves to the forefront.

why only 9 stars then? well please watch the movie and pay extra attention to the little boy in the automobile with the social services agent. was that a wish for the future by the little boy or was it flashbacks? the time line there became confusing for me. but so what! this is a marvelous film!


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