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Bull -- Bull is a darkly comic murder-mystery taking place in the heatwave-baked skyscraper canyons of the Toronto financial district, about a hapless stockbroker who gets caught up in a twisty web where no one, absolutely no one, is telling the truth.

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Kent Tessman (written by)
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26 June 2009 (Canada) See more »
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Deep within heatwave-baked skyscraper canyons, a hapless stockbroker gets caught up in a twisty web where no one - at all - is telling the truth. A darkly comic neo-noir about deception, identity, money, murder, and really tall buildings. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Craig Lauzon ... Charlie
Lindsey Deluce ... Penny

Simon Reynolds ... Jay Valentine

Maury Chaykin ... Roland Gow

Lori Hallier ... Volk

Jeff Seymour ... Holliday

Ellen Dubin ... Dr. Piri

Andrew Gillies ... Stafford

Stefano DiMatteo ... Bishop (as Stefano Colacitti)
Marc Ouimet ... Broussard
Jon-Paul Khouri ... Lacroix
Dominic Fung ... Wilheim
Joe Matheson ... George Gladwin

Talia Russo ... Camilla
Will Wright ... Young Guy
Bill Banks ... Walden G. Beech, Jr.
Imre Rabo De Jonge ... Victor
Derra St. Denis ... Receptionist
David Fairbloom ... Night Janitor
Lorry Ayers ... News Anchor
Joe Costa ... Bullworth Employee - Joe

Michael Kazarian ... Bullworth Employee - Michael

Anna-Marie Sutherland ... Bullworth Employee - Anna

Craig Snoyer ... Big Man
Isai Rivera Blas ... Taxi Driver
Tangara Jones ... Hostess
Nora Kwong ... Asian Woman
Doug Hurst ... First Man in Suit (as Douglas Hurst)
Ted Dates ... Second Man in Suit
Peter Buck ... Bullworth Partner
Suzanne Courtney ... Bullworth Partner
Norm Shanker ... Bullworth Partner
Roy Swanson ... Bullworth Partner
Nick Antonacci ... Securities Investigator
Craig Tallman ... Securities Investigator
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Christian Fairchild ... Hotel Concierge
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Directed by
Kent Tessman 
 
Writing credits
Kent Tessman (written by)

Produced by
David Bajurny .... co-producer
Jennifer C.S. Lo .... associate producer
Kent Tessman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Kent Tessman 
 
Cinematography by
Tim Dashwood 
 
Film Editing by
Kent Tessman 
 
Production Design by
Diana Abbatangelo 
 
Costume Design by
Deirdra Morris 
 
Makeup Department
Alastair Muir .... makeup artist
Mallory Reeves .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
David Bajurny .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rita Colucci .... first assistant director
Adam Weinberg .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Alexander Shapcott .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Peter Kovachis .... special effects key
Derek Liscoumb .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Derek Lo .... digital artist
 
Stunts
Neil Davison .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Justin Beattie .... grip
Jason Gileno .... epk videographer
Bob Lyte .... key grip
Scott Milot .... best boy electric
Grant Padley .... assistant camera
Chad S. Roberts .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Michael T. Burgess .... background casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melissa Stewart .... wardrobe assistant
 
Other crew
Keri Anderson .... production assistant
Lesley Davies .... production assistant
 

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Better than I expected from a lo-fi indie..., 28 January 2011
Author: MrGKB from Ohio

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

...even if it's obvious than most of the voting on this site so far is likely from the cast and crew (80% give it a 10? Rather suspicious...), and that it features only two actors of any renown: esteemed and recently-departed Canadian character actor, Maury "Dances With Wolves" Chaykin, and Simon "Saw IV" Reynolds. Still, tyro auteur Kent Tessman--writer/director/producer/editor/score--whose only prior credit is a made-for-TV movie some years back, has put together a decent, if somewhat slow-paced bit of modern noir that has much to recommend it, though not to the typical IMDber.

Briefly: a schlub stockbroker of some type or another (Craig "Royal Canadian Air Farce" Lauzon) gets drawn into shady dealings by his boss (Reynolds) having to do with transfers of presumably money from one suspicious character to another. Meanwhile, the schlub gets into a relationship (that unfortunately never really convinces) with the boss' pretty secretary (Lindsey Deluce) and after said boss finally ends up dead, the two are apparently going to "run for the border" or some such. A pair of cops dog the schlub's moves, and a few bad guys, including Chaykin as some sort of wealthy something-or-other, make veiled threats. For a lo-fi affair, the production values are quite good: good camera-jockeying by Tim "I mostly do shorts" Dashwood, nice design, sets, costumes, locations, etc. etc. etc.; all in all, definitely on a par with far pricier Hollywood productions. Major props for all that. The leads are actually quite good, and deserve to have healthy careers, and the supports are decent as well. I agree with an off-site reviewer that things could have been tightened up a bit to give the story more tension; the pace of storytelling was a bit too slow for my liking, though it fit the character as written. Maybe it's just that he was a bit *too much* of a schlub, a little too naive and faux-innocent to be believable. Ms. Deluce was quite charming, and I'm sorry to see she apparently hasn't been getting any work, or has perhaps left the business. The ending of the film is just a tad too vague to be satisfying as well; I really wasn't quite sure what happened, to be honest. Despite its many positive qualities, I'm not surprised that "Bull" got no theatrical distribution, and took three years to get to video. It was just a little too soporific for its own good, and likely left many in its so far limited audience repeating the title as the film ended.

Features one gorgeous naked woman, one tidy suicide, no action to speak of, but appealing characters that otherwise needed just a bit more fleshing out to fully engage the viewer. I hope to see more work from Mr. Tessman and his crew in the future, for what that's worth. Glad I found it at the library; I'd have regretted spending any significant money on it, sorry to say.

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