We’ve mentioned in blog posts before, but thanks to television and movies, there’s often some sort of misconception about the difference between a bail bondsman and a bounty hunter. In some instances, those two roles can overlap, but in many instances, the truth of the matter is that things go smoothly for all parties involved and there’s not always going to be a huge and dramatic chase.

At Wanna Get Out Bail Bonds, one of our goal is to provide our clients with information. You see, we believe that there are a lot of misconceptions about our industry; we aim to set some of them straight. That’s why in today’s post, we’ll take a look at a few of the most well-known portrayals of bail bonds on television and film. Keep reading to learn more!

Dog the Bounty Hunter

The first thing that comes to mind when people think about bail bonds and television is inevitably going to be Dog the Bounty Hunter. A reality television show on A&E, the show detailed Duane Chapman’s experience as a bounty hunter. It ran for eight seasons up until 2012, but it’s still often the first thing that people think about when they hear about bail bonds.

How realistic this reality show is is a constant source of debate. We’ll stay out of that discussion, but suffice it to say that the show has had a big impact on pop culture and the perception of how the industry works.

Jackie Brown

Another character that people often think of when the topic of bail bonds comes up is Max Cherry of Cherry Bail Bonds. Originally a short story by renowned author Elmore Leonard (titled Rum Punch), Quentin Tarantino adapted the story into the feature length film that we all know and love today.

There’s an awful lot to love about Robert Forster’s depiction of bail bondsman Max Cherry. Following the success of Pulp Fiction, Tarantino opted to adapt Leonard’s novel and hire Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Bridget Fonda, and Pam Grier in addition to Robert Forster. If you’ve never seen the movie, be ready for a number of exciting twists and turns and an incredibly satisfying conclusion. (And keep in mind that it’s a Quentin Tarantino movie, so it fully embraces its R-rating.)

Sneaky Pete

Most recently, bail bond agencies have been a topic of conversation because of their portrayal on the television show Sneaky Pete. Executive producer Graham Yost is responsible for the show which was co-created by Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame. (Yost is known primarily for his work on Justified, which was also based on a story by Elmore Leonard, strangely enough!) The show tells the story of Marius Josipovic, played brilliantly by Giovanni Ribisi, “a released convict who adopts the identity of his cellmate, Pete Murphy, in order to avoid his past life,” according to Wikipedia.

In character as Pete, Marius infiltrates the lives of Pete’s family, who own a bail bond agency in Connecticut. Needless to say, there’s a bit of a look into the bail bond business, but some of that portrayal is most definitely fiction. Either way, the show is highly entertaining and its second season recently premiered to just as much acclaim as the first season, making it a show you should watch if you get the chance.

When You Need a Real-Life Bail Bond Agency, Turn to Us

As fun as it is to enjoy these works of fiction, the fact of the matter is that sometimes real people get into tough situations and need bail bonds. The good news is that at Wanna Get Out Bail Bonds on Oahu, you can count on us to be there for you when you need help the most, and there’s nothing fictional about that.

We have plenty of real-life experience in the industry, so when you need a team of experts to turn to, look no further. We’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ensuring that you always have someone to turn to in the middle of a stressful and difficult situation. Have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us. Our goal is to make your experience with us as stress-free as possible. We look forward to hearing from you!