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


David Grovic





Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Jack
Rebecca Da Costa ... Rivka
Robert De Niro ... Dragna
Crispin Glover ... Ned
Dominic Purcell ... Larson
Martin Klebba ... Guano
Sticky Fingaz ... Lizard (as Kirk 'Sticky Fingaz' Jones)
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 J. Todd Anderson ... Harvey


A professional shooter gets a new job from his boss. The job is simple to bring him a bag without opening it. But everyone on this town wants that bag. So Jack has to protect the bag and try to carry out his mission. In this city he will meet a lot of people and he will seduced by mysterious woman. Written by Chris Zoumpos

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The cat's in the bag.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


In the end credits, Matthew Williams is listed twice as Set Dresser. See more »


When John Cusack pursues Robert DeNiro into the woods, he holds the gun in his left hand as his right hand becomes his wounded hand in this short sequence. The mistake becomes very obvious when looking at the mirrored text on his baseball cap. 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?
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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References Full House: Leap of Faith (1995) See more »


Written by Gary Clark Jr.
Performed by Gary Clark Jr.
Courtesy of Warner Brothers Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music group Film & TV Licensing
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Sophisticated Thrill
13 March 2014 | by dorotha-bettySee all my reviews

The Bag Man is a modern day film noir crime story which is a great showcase for John Cusack as "Jack" the bagman, assigned to look after a mysterious leather satchel while hiding out at a seedy motel. Robert De Niro plays his crime boss and looks interesting with a silver pompadour, a la Paulie from the Sopranos.

The movie is definitely more sophisticated than a generic crime thriller with De Niro's character quoting Herman Hesse and Sun Tzu. The motel Cusack hides out in is also filled with odd characters like the desk clerk played by Crispin Glover, a Serbian dwarf and a pimp with an eye patch. The tension of not knowing what's in the bag works very well and there's also lots of good action.

All in all, The Bag Man was a pretty enjoyable ride and had an offbeat sensibility that reminded me of the Coen brothers.

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Release Date:

28 February 2014 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,231, 2 March 2014

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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