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


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Sam Merrick
Marty Blank
Rocky Merrick
George Tooney
Raissa Fleming ...
Maggie Tooney
Heath Lourwood ...
Ryan Peterson ...
Michael Fisher-Welsh ...
Mr. Levinworth
Tom (as James W. Crawford)
Mr. Merrick
Detective Wright
Hagai Shaham ...
Handsome Police Officer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Melissa Brooks ...
Lady at School (uncredited)

Directed by

Jacob Estes ... (as Jacob Aaron Estes)

Written by (WGA)

Jacob Estes ... (written by) (as Jacob Aaron Estes)

Produced by

Deborah Del Prete ... executive producer
Susan Johnson ... producer
Dessie Markovsky ... associate producer
Jacob Mosler ... co-producer
Ryan Peterson ... associate producer
Gigi Pritzker ... executive producer
Rick Rosenthal ... producer
Hagai Shaham ... producer
Nancy Stephens ... executive producer

Music by


Cinematography by

Sharone Meir ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Madeleine Gavin

Editorial Department

Ray Morfino ... technical consultant: editing
Penny Olson ... assistant editor
Richard Semer ... color timer
Chris Weber ... negative cutter

Casting By

Matthew Lessall

Production Design by

Greg McMickle

Art Direction by

Betsy Goslin

Costume Design by

Cynthia Morrill

Makeup Department

Molly Craytor ... key hair stylist / key makeup artist
E. Larry Day ... hair department head / makeup department head
Teresa Livengood ... hair stylist
Gary J. Tunnicliffe ... corpse creation

Production Management

Matt DiFranco ... unit production manager
Ryan Peterson ... post-production supervisor
Stephanie Tichenor ... pre-production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Jill Hoppy ... second second assistant director
Jacob Mosler ... first assistant director

Art Department

Anne Hartner ... art intern
Libby Klaetsch ... art intern
Jay Martin ... storyboard artist

Sound Department

Lance Brown ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Michael Cottrell ... production sound mixer
J. Aloysius Flanagan III ... foley editor
Damon P. Harris ... boom operator (as Damon Harris)
Rick Hernandez ... sound designer
Steve Hollenbeck ... re-recording mixer
Robert Jackson ... supervising sound editor (as Robert C. Jackson)
Emile Razpopov ... sound designer
Xavier Sol ... re-recording mixer / sound editor
Curt Cash ... adr mixer (uncredited)
Scott Kramer ... sound effects editor (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Derek Bird ... digital compositor (uncredited)
Adam Stern ... digital compositor (uncredited)


Steve Buckley ... stunt coordinator
Travis Swanson ... water safety

Camera and Electrical Department

John Banholzer ... best boy grip
Noal Clemons ... electrician (as Noel Clemons)
Xiomara Comrie ... first assistant camera
Kevin Cozad ... electrician
Jim Dunn ... electrician
Brian Fleskes ... key grip (as Brian 'Coach' Fleskes)
Bruce 'Sarge' Fleskes ... additional grip
Anthony Hardwick ... camera operator: "b" camera
Wes Houle ... electrician (as Wes Hoyle)
David R. Kohn ... gaffer (as David Kohn)
J.P. Morgan ... best boy grip
Josh Peck ... additional videographer
Oliver Ponce ... second assistant camera
Steve Purcell ... electrician
Lex Rawlins ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Schram ... best boy grip
Kelli Schroeder ... still photographer
Luke Spalding ... grip intern
Chris Steele ... best boy electric
Crawford Vining ... camera intern
James Winters ... electrician
Mark Tomlinson ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

Megann Ratzow ... casting: Portland
Lynn Reinstein ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Heather Cornick ... wardrobe intern
M.M. Craytor ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

Susan Funk ... location production assistant
Shaun Gavin ... location manager
Tim Gradt ... location production assistant
Simon Hill ... location manager

Music Department

Jessica Catron ... musician: cello
Tom Hajdu ... musician: keyboard, percussion
Leandro Maciel ... music engineer / musician: guitars
Andy Milburn ... musician: keyboard
P. Daniel Newman ... music editor (as P. Dan Newman)
tomandandy ... music producer
Robin Urdang ... music supervisor

Transportation Department

Tyler Robinson ... driver: grip truck
Keith Sheldon ... driver: fifth wheel

Other crew

Roger Armstrong ... legal services
David Barr ... office production assistant
Aaron Corpus ... key production intern
Alex Davenport ... office production assistant
Marc Dearmond ... production intern
Bret Dickerson ... key boat operator
Coleen Donnelly ... caterer
Sage Eaton ... production assistant
Erik Fauske ... production intern
Nathaniel Flynn-Ryan ... production intern
Peter Froelich ... security
Doris Hellmann ... production accountant
Jason R. Houston ... script supervisor
Gabe Huston ... third boat operator
Matt Jebbia ... production intern
Lisa Loven ... legal services
Erick Mertz ... production intern
Billy Miller ... security
Joan Johnson Miller ... production coordinator (as Joan Johnson)
Zamin Mirza ... production intern
Rob Nahurski ... assistant to producers
Davis Priestley ... production assistant
Michele Robertson ... publicist
Jane Rosenthal ... canoe wrangler
Amanda Santana ... craft service assistant
Marissa Santana ... craft service assistant
Molly Santana ... craft service
Sophie Serbulo ... caterer
Douglas J. Sutherland ... production associate (as Doug Sutherland)
Thad Tyler ... second boat operator
Julie Landholt ... graphic artist: titles (uncredited)


Sofie Gavin-Melamed ... special thanks
Craig Kestel ... the producers wish to thank
Gretchen Lieberum ... thanks
William Mapother ... thanks
Daniel Petrie Jr. ... thanks (as Dan Petrie Jr.)
Stuart Provine ... thanks
Emily Gerson Saines ... special thanks
Adam Stern ... thanks
Stephanie Tichenor ... thanks

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines You can never go back. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • A harag sodrása (Hungary)
  • Uma Pequena Vingança (Portugal)
  • Pacto Maldito (Brazil)
  • Río maldito (Mexico)
  • Quase um Segredo (Brazil)
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  • 90 min
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Box Office

Budget $500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $29,170, 22 Aug 2004

Did You Know?

Trivia The names that Martini (Marty) says during shooting practice are all names of various cast and crew members: Mr. (Hagai) Shaham (producer, actor - Handsome Police Officer); Mr. (Jacob Aaron) Estes (director, screenwriter); Ms (Susan and Joan) Johnson (producer and production coordinator); Mr. (Rick) Rosenthal (producer). See more »
Goofs When George is lying on the shore and Clyde runs to shout for help, he stumbles and falls almost entirely into the water (at around 47 mins). A few shots later he stands facing the others and is seemingly dry (at 53:04 to 53:07 and 53:23 to 53:27), definitely too dry to have just been immersed in water. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2005). See more »
Soundtracks Sound and Light See more »
Crazy Credits Hagai Shaham is credited as being the "handsome" police officer (he is also a producer of the movie) See more »
Quotes George: [yelling over the truth of why the kids really brought George to the lake] You're a fuckin' lying son of a bitch, Sam! All right? And I hope you fuckin' go to hell.
Millie: Don't make things worse, George...
George: Shut the fuck up, Millie, you fucking stupid JAP cunt.
Clyde: Sit down, George, you're out of control.
George: Shut the fuck up, Clyde! You faggot! Fucking skinny butt-munching faggot. I hate you! You know that? I really do. 'Cause all you do is fuckin' prance around school talkin' about your fuckin' faggoty fairy fathers. I'll tell you what! I don't wanna hear about your fuckin' fathers and how their assholes work, all right? It makes me sick! And I - I - I fuckin' hope they fuckin' die of fag disease! Yeah.
George: And, and speaking of... dead... fathers... I just remembered why bonehead white-trash fuckin' donkey-dick Marty got so fuckin' freaked when I started talkin' about his "daddy." His Neanderthal, drunk dad put a gun in his mouth and splattered his brains all over the wall.
George: You know, I almost forgot that my mom told me that. She said, "His daddy splattered his brains all over the wall." I thought it was sad at first, but now? I like it.
George: His daddy splattered his brains. All over the wall. His daddy splattered his brains. All over the wall!...
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