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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.

Director:

David Grovic

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

The cat's in the bag.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Bahamas | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 2014 (Republic of Macedonia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bag Man See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,231, 28 February 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$48,817, 9 March 2014
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The paintings of Robert De Niro, Sr. (Robert De Niro's father) are shown at the end of the film, as Dragna walks around and explains his plan to Rivka. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Connections

References Wonder Woman (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Chopin-Waltz
Arranged by Barry Joseph
Performed by Barry Joseph
Courtesy of Manhattan Production Music
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Despite some good performances, this falls flat
6 March 2014 | by trublu215See all my reviews

At the start of The Bag Man, you get excited to see Cusack returning to his hit-man- persona ala Grosse Point Blank. Unfortunately, the film is nowhere near the caliber it should be. This is a film that rolls in dread and tries to put a Tarantino-esque spin on an age old storyline, needless to say, it doesn't work. As you watch the film and get further into the story, the central question of "what's in the bag" becomes less and less interesting and appealing. Despite a flat story, The Bag Man features strong performances from John Cusack and Rebecca De Costa which keeps the audience intrigued, even if the story doesn't. Robert De Niro can play a gangster in his sleep, so I can't exactly praise him for his performance here. Although, it is Robert De Niro so any screen presence he has is still good, just not as good as everybody wants him to be. The rest of the supporting cast, such as Crispin Glover and Dominic Purcell are mediocre, at best.

Overall, this film doesn't quite work the way we want it to. It sags in the middle and then gets a pick-me-up at the end. It doesn't click like it should, which is frustrating considering the talent behind the film. The Bag Man wants to be the best Tarantino movie that Tarantino never made. Instead, it looks and feels like a cheap direct-to-DVD mess with an A-list cast.


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