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Big Bully (1996)

A writer returns to his hometown where he faces the childhood nemesis whose life he ultimately ruined, only the bully wants to relive their painful past by torturing him once again.

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David Leary
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Rosco Bigger - Fang
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Victoria
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Faith
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Art
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Clark
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Betty
Tony Pierce ...
Ulf
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Principal Kokelar
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Ben
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Kirby
Harry Waters Jr. ...
Alan
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Gerry
Justin Jon Ross ...
Young David
Michael Zwiener ...
Young Fang
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David Leary was bullied by Rosco when he was in elementary school. But he got even on the day his parents moved out of town. Now twenty years later, David, who is a successful writer, is invited back to his home town to teach. Everything is great until Rosco, who is still in town, recognizes him. Now suddenly someone is playing mean practical jokes on him. Isn't David a little too old to be running to the Principal saying "Rosco's picking on me." ? Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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A comedy for the kid in all of us.

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Comedy | Thriller

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Rated PG for mean-spirited pranks, some crude humor and language | See all certifications »

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26 January 1996 (USA)  »

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2 aspondoi filoi  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,085,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Rick Moranis' character is a single parent in this movie. Coincidentally, Rick Moranis was a single parent during the making of this movie. See more »

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When the bully Fang falls off the waterfall he is holding a piece of a broken branch in his left hand. In the next shot the branch in his right hand. See more »

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Art: Morning, neighbor.
David Leary: Morning, Art.
Art: I bet you're wondering, Why in the Sam Hill am I chopping wood at this hour?
David Leary: Not really.
Art: You know who Sam Hill was?
David Leary: No, I don't.
Art: Well, he wasn't anyone. It's a euphemism. Cockney expression for what the hell.
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Art: What the hell! What the hell! Then it turned into, "What the Sam Hill?"
David Leary: I'll see you later, Art. You'll be here later, right?
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References Leave It to Beaver (1957) See more »

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You Were My 9-1-1
Performed by Lamont Van Hook
Written by Skee-Lo
Courtesy of Sunshine Records/Scotti Bros. Records
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Damn good comedy!
17 June 2008 | by (Reykjavík, Iceland) – See all my reviews

Every so often Hollywood takes a serious theme like murder or bullying and tries to make light of it. When that attempt gropes toward the inner pain of dark comedy, the film may have merit. Yet when the focus is on cheap non laughs surrounded by a total disregard for substance, logic, and human decency, the result is most often a bloated, turgid mess like BIG BULLY.

Director Steven Miner wastes the limited talents of all concerned. Rick Moranis is a weedy, nerdy little man who has to relive the trauma of childhood bullying by beefy Tom Arnold. As the film opens, both Moranis and Arnold are in the fourth grade. Arnold plays a blubbery bully that one sometimes sees in a filmed version of a Steven King horror movie. But in the hands of a King based script, the bully is a source of unredeemed evil. Here, under Miner's unsure grasp, Arnold is no more than a walking tub of prepubescent lard who seeks to bully the nerdy Moranis. Now if Miner had tried to make a serious movie about childhood bullying, then BIG BULLY might have had something worthwhile to say about the angst of childhood insecurities.

Now flash forward twenty years. Moranis and Arnold are both teachers in the same grammar school, and Arnold quickly reverts to the bully that he was. What makes this regression reprehensible is Arnold's justification that as a victim, Moranis thoroughly deserved his fate. What then follows is a ridiculous chase scene between prey and predator that offers no lasting insight into either demented personality. Julianne Phillips is a wasted toss in as Moranis' girlfriend. At the end, when director Miner seeks closure, the film ends in the uneasiest of endings, one that satisfied neither the desire for revenge nor one that offers justification for that revenge in the first place.


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