The Death and Life of Bobby Z

November 17, 2007 0 By Fans
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A DEA agent provides former Marine Tim Kearney with a way out of his prison sentence: impersonate Bobby Z…

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 5.7/10 (5,949 voted)

John Herzfeld

Stars: Paul Walker, Laurence Fishburne, Olivia Wilde

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.

Writers: Bob Krakower, Allen Lawrence


Paul Walker

Tim Kearney

Laurence Fishburne

Tad Gruzsa

Olivia Wilde


Jason Flemyng


Keith Carradine


Joaquim de Almeida

Don Huertero

J.R. Villarreal


Jason Lewis

Bobby Z

Jacob Vargas

Jorge Escobar

Michael Bowen


M.C. Gainey

Boom Boom

Josh Stewart


Margo Martindale


Raymond J. Barry


(as Raymond Barry)

Julio Oscar Mechoso

Mexican Detective

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

Release Date: 17 November 2007

Filming Locations: Baja California, Mexico

Box Office Details

Budget: $22,000,000


Technical Specs



Did You Know?


Initially, the film was going to be released theatrically by Warner Bros., who have a first look deal with Millennium Films, but after the film tested poorly, WB decided to pass. Sony picked it up as a direct-to-video feature.


Factual errors:
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.


[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.

User Review

This was fun

Rating: 8/10

I saw this movie last night at a special screening for audience
feedback. Paul Walker really can act – I was pleasantly surprised. I
originally thought he was only cast for his looks, but can see he has
good acting abilities.

Movie was funny, worked well and I enjoyed it. The action scene in the
kitchen was great and intense, kept me on the edge of my seat.

Lawrence Fishburn – as always – great! He's a solid actor and his role
as the DEA Agent worked perfectly.

Paul's pretty love interest (Olivia Wilde from the OC)chemistry was

Chuck Liddell, although was only in the beginning of the movie was
convincing. There was also a girl named Ashley who I would have like to
see more of. She's hot!

The kid looks like he'll have a career ahead of him. The relationship
between the kid and Paul Walker worked well and was believable. Not
sure where I've seen him before, but he may have a promising career.

I liked the sequence of the movie – it starts with a mystery and the
flashback kept me trying to figure out what was going to happen next. I
liked the movie can't wait to see on see it on the big screen. Hope if
comes out soon.