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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 revenge.


(as Jacob Aaron Estes)


(as Jacob Aaron Estes)
4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete credited cast:
Raissa Fleming ...
Maggie Tooney
Heath Lourwood ...
Ryan Peterson ...
Michael Fisher-Welsh ...
Mr. Levinworth
Tom (as James W. Crawford)
Shelly Lipkin ...
Mr. Merrick
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*

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

bully | friend | boat | river | dare | See All (144) »


Beneath the surface, everyone has a secret. See more »


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Marty's real name is Martini Blank. See more »


When Sam is talking to Rocky about calling off the prank they planned to play on George, a utility boat can be seen in the background, to the left (from 26:59 to 27:05), even though they are supposed to be on the river alone. See more »


George: [Josh sets his camera down and starts shooting baskets on the basketball court; Sam notices Josh's camera and picks it up, looking at it]
[first lines]
George: Hey! What do you think you're doing?
[knocks over Sam; the camera falls over a fence and lands on the ground, only showing Josh in frame fighting over Sam]
George: You're a punk, Sam! I ought to kill you!
[kids start gathering around the scene]
George: You fucking dickhead! I told you to never touch my camera!
Sam: Stop!
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Crazy Credits

Hagai Shaham is credited as being the "handsome" police officer (he is also a producer of the movie) See more »


References Superman (1978) See more »


The Sound of Settling
Written by Benjamin Gibbard
Performed by Death Cab for Cutie
Courtesy of Barsuk Records
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User Reviews

tight well made flick
5 September 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You're not going to leave the theater whistling dixie, and a box of Kleenex is not the best accessory, but this tight well made little movie is worth the effort. The actors, mostly all kids, are very believable, everyone of them does a great job, and maybe the credit should go to the director. As the movie bounces along you kind of expect that something is going to go wrong. And, of course, it eventually does, and after the big scene, it's like downer city, for everyone including the audience. But so what, if you want to go see a happy flick there are plenty of those around. This movie depicts kids in a very realistic light. The dialogue, their emotions, their reactions to a crisis, are very spot on. Good movies like this blow away so called "reality" TV. A friend with me said this reminded him of a Gus Van Sant movie, I don't agree with that, Van Sant movies always have some really weird scenes in them that detract from the overall cohesion of the movie. Mean Creek doesn't do that, check it out.

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