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Mean Creek (2004)

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When a teen is bullied, his brother and friends lure the bully into the woods to seek vengeance.


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Maggie Tooney
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Ryan Peterson ...
Michael Fisher-Welsh ...
Mr. Levinworth
Tom (as James W. Crawford)
Shelly Lipkin ...
Mr. Merrick
Kaz Garas ...
Detective Wright
Hagai Shaham ...
Handsome Police Officer


When Sam Merrick is beaten up by local bully George Tooney, Sam's older brother Rocky and his friends Clyde and Marty plan to pretend it's Sam's birthday to "invite" George on a boat trip in which they would dare him to strip naked, jump in the lake, and run home naked. But when Sam, his girlfriend Millie, Rocky, and Clyde see George as not much of a bad guy, they want to call off the plan, but Marty refuses. Will the plan go ahead as planned? Written by Seth Waters *AshTFrankFurter2*

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language, sexual references, teen drug and alcohol use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 September 2004 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A harag sodrása  »

Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,170 (USA) (20 August 2004)


$603,943 (USA) (10 December 2004)

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Trevor Morgan and Rory Culkin were both previously directed by M. Night Shyamalan in The Sixth Sense and Signs respectively. See more »


When Marty pushes Sam and Millie's heads together. His cigarette is in his hand (at around 16 mins), then in his mouth (at around 29 mins) and finally back in the hand (at around 34 mins). See more »


[first lines]
George: Hey! What do you think you're doing? You're a punk, Sam!
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Wonderful Breath of Fresh Air
23 August 2004 | by (nyc) – See all my reviews

With an all-child cast, it bears resemblance to "stand by me." A group of kids plot to pay the school bully back for years of abuse. They take him on a boat trip. If you want more, go see it. It was the best film I've seen this year. Throughout the duration of this classic, one element stuck out for me: Carly Schroeder. She is going to be a star and a half. She blows that annoying cherry blossom, Dakota Fanning, away. Rory Culkin, Macauly's little brother, was just perfect for the part of a naive kid, susceptible to his older brother's overbearing testosterone. Go see this film, because you will talk about it for hours on end. Perfect dinner movie. Take your girlfriend, boyfriend, significant other. Kids under 13, though portrayed in the film, just aren't ready for the material of this film, so don't bring your children.

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