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Bully -- Based on a true story. Naive teenagers plot to murder one of their own, who has been too much of a bully to them.

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Director:
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Jim Schutze (book)
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Release Date:
28 September 2001 (Finland) See more »
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It's 4 a.m... do you know where your kids are?
Plot:
Based on a true story. Naive teenagers plot to murder one of their own, who has been too much of a bully to them. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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"Bully" (*****) See more (327 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Larry Clark 
 
Writing credits
Jim Schutze (book "Bully: A True Story of High School Revenge")

David McKenna (screenplay) (as Zachary Long) &
Roger Pullis (screenplay)

Produced by
Peter Block .... co-producer
Manuel Chiche .... executive producer
Arnaud Duteil .... executive producer
Jordan Gertner .... executive producer
Chris Hanley .... producer
Thierry Klemeniuk .... associate producer
Vincent Maraval .... executive producer
Clark McCutchen .... associate producer
Jacky Lee Morgan .... co-producer (as Jacky Morgan)
Jacky Lee Morgan .... line producer (as Jacky Morgan)
Mark Mower .... executive producer
Don Murphy .... producer
Robert Pfeffer .... co-producer
Brad Renfro .... associate producer
Jim Schutze .... associate producer
Guy Stodel .... co-producer
Fernando Sulichin .... producer
David McKenna .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Steve Gainer 
 
Film Editing by
Andrew Hafitz 
 
Casting by
Carmen Cuba 
 
Production Design by
Linda Burton 
 
Art Direction by
Laura Harper 
 
Costume Design by
Carleen Ileana Rosado 
 
Makeup Department
Simone Almekias-Siegl .... assistant makeup artist
Simone Almekias-Vasquez .... assistant makeup artist
Jamie Escarra .... hair stylist
Tracy Murphy .... makeup department head
Tracy Murphy .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Rick Benattar .... executive in charge of production
Rita Dagher .... executive in charge of production
Timothy Wayne Peternel .... executive in charge of production
Andy Schefter .... unit production manager
Charlie Vogel .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Blake Ashman .... second assistant director
Jason Graham .... second second assistant director
Sholto J. Roeg .... first assistant director (as Sholto Roeg)
 
Art Department
Libby Gilbert .... art department clearances
Ilya Kaperonis .... set dresser
Christian Labarta .... set dresser
George Sanchez .... production assistant: art department
Thomas Wood .... property master
 
Sound Department
Anita Cannella .... foley artist
Sanaa Cannella .... foley artist
Louis Creveling .... dialogue editor
Matt Dubin .... digital transfer engineer
Lisle Engle .... sound re-recording mixer (as Lisle Houston Engle)
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Rob Freeman .... sound mixer
Jason George .... supervising sound editor
Robert Getty .... dialogue editor
David Grant .... dialogue editor
Chato Hill .... assistant sound editor
Craig Jurkiewicz .... foley mixer
Carrie Lisonbee .... assistant sound editor (as Carrie Tippets)
Derek Marcil .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael 'Mac' McNamee .... boom operator
Cynthia Merrill .... foley artist
Michael Mullane .... foley editor
Vince Perry .... digital transfer engineer (as Vincent Perry)
Anne Slack .... sound effects editor (as Anne Marie Slack)
William Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Johanna Turner .... sound effects editor
Robert Getty .... adr editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
José Cepeda .... video game special effects creator
Tom Green .... video game special effects creator
Richard Lee Jones .... special effects
Cyrus Lum .... video game special effects creator
John Nagle .... video game special effects creator
Greg Omelchuck .... video game special effects creator
Andy Wright .... prosthetics
 
Visual Effects by
Michael Backauskas .... digital line-up (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Anthony Cecere .... stunt coordinator
Cassandra McCormick .... stunts (as Cassandra Crider)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Barr .... gaffer
Monica Barronton .... film loader
Jessica Bennett .... grip
Clark Caldwell .... electrician
Mark Duncan .... second assistant camera
Steve Gainer .... camera operator
Reynaldo Guimet .... electrician
Laura Merians .... best girl
Donovan Milcoch .... camera operator (as Donovan Mlooch)
Allen Mizrahi .... first assistant camera
Marialice Penalba .... grip (as Marialice 'Nikki' Penalba)
Scott Reed .... camera production assistant
Chris Rodriguez .... dolly grip
Bud Scott .... key grip (as Budd Scott)
Walter 'Bud' Scott .... key grip
Abdiel Thorne .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Marialina Villa .... key grip (as Marialina 'Ocho' Villa)
Tobin Yelland .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Geoffrey Baumgartner .... casting intern (as Geoff Baumgartner)
Natasha Cuba .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christine Forestieri .... wardrobe assistant
Bijou Phillips .... wardrobe: Bijou Phillips
Iris Rose .... set costumer
Jonathan Sajda .... wardrobe intern
 
Editorial Department
Rick Greenhead .... telecine colorist
Brent Joseph .... assistant editor
Dana Ross .... color timer
David Hillary .... executive in charge of post-production: Muse Productions (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Scott Grusin .... music editor
Joel C. High .... executive in charge of music: Lions Gate Films
Steven Machat .... executive soundtrack producer
Jeffrey Myatt .... executive soundtrack producer
Sheri Ozeki .... music editor
Howard Paar .... executive soundtrack producer
Howard Paar .... music supervisor
Stephanie Lynn Urcheck .... music coordinator
 
Transportation Department
Michael Carter .... driver: camera car
Christopher Cockroft .... driver
Donald Dowd .... unit driver
Joe T. Griffin .... driver
Dean Pazin .... driver
Abraham Salary .... transportation captain
Jerry Starr .... driver: grip truck
 
Other crew
Christopher Bacher .... condor operator
Geoffrey Baumgartner .... office production assistant (as Geoff Baumgartner)
Jennifer Bonivart .... production executive: Muse Productions
Sari Checkartze .... production assistant
Isaac J. Congdon .... intern
David Cypkin .... accounting assistant
Christopher De Stefano .... production assistant
Michael Donner .... post-production accountant
Shannon Ericson .... assistant: Mr. Murphy
W. Boyd Ford .... assistant: Mr. Renfro (as Boyd Ford)
Jennifer Fry .... intern
Dominic Giannetti .... assistant location manager
Samuel A. Gonzalez Jr. .... condor operator
Dean Goodman .... rig/strike
Rob Goodman .... key set production assistant
Carol Green .... publicist
Roberta Hanley .... production video
Bryan Kalfus .... assistant: Mr. Morgan
Ita Kennedy .... accounting assistant
Lisa Beth Kessler .... craft service
Andy LaBrada .... production intern
Sara Laffer .... intern
Samuel Merians .... assistant: Mr. Clark
Melissa Morgan .... accounting assistant
Andrew Nathanson .... production coordinator
Wade Odlum .... intern
Abe Pachikara .... intern
Rich E. Pedersen .... production assistant (as Rich Pedersen)
Emily Pendas .... script supervisor
David Perry .... condor operator
Lyndale V. Pettus .... intern (as Lyndale V. Pettus Sr.)
Robert Pfeffer .... production accountant
Brian Pitt .... intern
Chris Raleigh .... intern
Djilali Redjal .... assistant: Mr. Sulichin
John Rendall .... intern
Vanessa Rojas .... intern
Adam Schwartz .... key office production assistant
Brian Thomas .... balloon operator
Jason Torres .... craft service intern
Julian Valdes .... location manager
 
Thanks
Beata Henrichs .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for strong violence, sexual content, drug use and language - all involving teens (rated video release)
Runtime:
USA:109 min (R-rated version) | USA:115 min (unrated version)
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:R | Chile:14 | Finland:K-18 | France:-16 | Germany:16 | Italy:VM18 | Japan:R-18 | Mexico:C | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 | USA:TV-MA | USA:NC-17 (original rating) | USA:R (rated video release) | USA:Unrated (theatrical release/unrated video release)

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Trivia:
Director Cameo: [Larry Clark]as the hit man's fatherSee more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Ali's Ford Mustang in the movie was never offered with a 5.0 V8 engine in that model. The 5.0 V8 engine was offered in the Ford Mustang model from when the movie's *original* events took place.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Marty:[on the phone with a customer] I want you to suck my big dick.
Mrs. Puccio:[from downstairs] Marty honey, dinner!
Marty:[into the phone] I want you to lick my balls.
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Movie Connections:
References The Big Lebowski (1998)See more »
Soundtrack:
Work Dat PussySee more »

FAQ

What were the real life sentences of the perpetrators?
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135 out of 167 people found the following review useful.
"Bully" (*****), 28 July 2004
Author: dee.reid from United States

The teenagers viewed at the center of Larry Clark's "Bully" seem, at least to me, to really have nothing going for them. They have sex almost on a constant basis, drink, smoke pot, drop acid, and have reckless, meaningless lives. It might appear that "Bully" could possibly be a darker continuation of his 1995 outing "Kids," which also focused on endangered youth, but I think the questions at this film's core run deeper.

No doubt "Bully" will provoke outrage and controversy; those feelings are warranted, as they allow for intelligent discussion about the characters and events in the film. With this film, Clark's direction certainly seems a lot more focused, polished, and has much more outside appeal than "Kids."

The story centers on Marty (Brad Renfro) and his subliminally sadomasochistic relationship with his so-called "best friend" since they were kids, Bobby (Nick Stahl). Marty is your average teenage surfer-bum. He's dropped out of high school and is constantly picked on by Bobby. Marty befriends and eventually impregnates his new girlfriend Lisa (Rachel Miner).

Rachel sees and quickly grows tired of Bobby's constant humiliation of his "best friend" and suggests to Marty that one way to deal with Bobby is to kill him. So they call upon the "Hitman" (Leo Fitzpatrick) to help with the dastardly deed. From that moment on, Marty, Rachel, and several others embark on a path that is littered with boasting, lying, and guilt-ridden feelings about what they're about to do. No question that these teenagers get what comes to them in the end, and the build-up to that moment is quite intense.

If there is one thing that people can agree on about "Bully," it's that it is frighteningly accurate and true to life. The film, which is based on an actual murder that took place in 1993 in Florida, is quite authentic. Larry Clark even journeyed to the actual Florida suburb where the murder took place and the members of the film's young cast even take the names of those that were involved.

The cast is perfect; not a single terrible performance. If there's one thing these kids agree on, it's that Bobby deserves to die. He's just a bully, and a rapist to boot, who does the deed for the cheap thrill of it. There is no question that Bobby is perhaps one of the most loathsome characters ever depicted on film. He may be a closet homosexual (he has an obsession with gay porn; he takes Marty to a gay bar and forces him to dance on stage while the patrons stuff dollar bills into his pants; and his violent actions towards Marty and Lisa could be his way of dealing with those repressed desires) and he is a sociopath who may have been pushed to these limits by his tough, but loving father.

But look at the bigger picture: they're not killing him for the fact that he could be a homosexual; Bobby's murder is even more terrible for the simple reason there is no clear warrant for it. In fact, their actions aren't motivated so much by revenge, as it is jealousy. Most of these kids work low-paying jobs at fast food restaurants and live off of handouts from their ignorant parents. Bobby is on his way to college and looks to work with his father in their own business, which strangely enough, Marty takes up as a part time job.

Like "Kids," Clark makes good use of imagery. One of the film's closing shots says a lot more than a teacher ever could: Marty's younger brother stares sadly into his eyes, wearing a t-shirt that says "D.A.R.E. To Resist Drugs And Violence." Powerful imagery indeed. And also like "Kids," he makes good use of people much younger than the main characters; they talk, drink, and act like adults, and they haven't even hit puberty yet.

Much has been said about Clark's tendencies to zoom in on and focus on the anatomy of his young cast. True there is much sex and nudity in this film, but I think it's beside the point. Clark is simply trying to capture the reality of today's troubled youth - how sex and drugs are pitiful attempts at giving meaning to their lives.

"Bully" is an excellent exploration of the youth of today's dark and troubling times in America. Like "Kids," it's a film that's meant for intelligent discussion, beyond the usual controversy and rage that's custom for movies like this.

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