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American Bully (2009) More at IMDbPro »Anytown (original title)

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American Bully -- American Bully, starts out as just a typical day in the lives of seven high school students in a town that looks like Anywhere, U.S.A. But when one middle-American teenager - deeply affected by 9/11, terrorism and the war in Iraq - and his friends become involved in an isolated high school altercation, it escalates into a hate crime that shocks the entire nation and sends a small town reeling.
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  (in credits order)

Matt O'Leary ... Brandon O'Leary

Marshall Allman ... Mike Grossman
Jonathan Halyalkar ... Eric Singh

Sam Murphy ... Bo Aznabev

Ross Britz ... Kyle Castranovo
Brooke Johnson ... Michelle
Meghan Stansfield ... Charlotte

Paul Ben-Victor ... Principal Wheeler

Natasha Henstridge ... Carol Mills

Dan Wells ... Deputy LeBlanc
Sam Blan ... Video Executioner

John Savage ... News Producer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brendan Aguillard ... Young Boy 1
Chase Alan ... Young Boy 2

Debby Gaudet ... Defense Attorney

Jamie Tisdale ... Assistant to Carol Mills

Directed by
Dave Rodriguez 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Zak Meyers  writer
Dave Rodriguez  writer

Produced by
Beth Beard .... line producer
Sam Blan .... associate producer
Jarred Coates .... co-producer
Brock Davis .... executive producer
Sarah J. Donohue .... line producer: Los Angeles
Ron Finberg .... co-executive producer
Luigi Ghilardi II .... executive producer
Matt Keith .... producer
George Kostuch Jr. .... executive producer
George M. Kostuch .... producer
Bryan Messina .... executive producer
Zak Meyers .... executive producer
Shaun Redick .... executive producer
Dave Rodriguez .... producer
Aaron L. Williams .... associate producer
Original Music by
Phil Symonds 
Cinematography by
John Barr 
Film Editing by
Lauren A. Schaffer 
Casting by
Nicole Abellera 
Leslie Woo 
Production Design by
Jeremy Woolsey 
Art Direction by
Andrew W. Bofinger 
Costume Design by
Kalif Durham 
Makeup Department
Jace Chamblee .... key hair stylist
Dan Forest .... assistant hair stylist
Megan Graham .... special makeup effects artist
Mattie Rabalais .... hair department head
Mattie Rabalais .... makeup department head
Production Management
Jarred Coates .... unit production manager
Ron Finberg .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Blan .... second second assistant director
Caroline O'Brien .... first assistant director
Claire Peberdy .... second assistant director
Art Department
Adam Cambre .... set dresser
Matthew Gatlin .... property master
John Gorman .... leadman
John Gorman .... on-set dresser
Ruston Head .... stand-by art director
Gabriel Saint .... set dresser
Claire Sanchez .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Rob Cunningham .... boom operator: additional photography
Rachel Grissom .... sound mixer
Lisa Lewis .... dialogue editor
Ryan Robison .... sound department production assistant
Nathan Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Nathan Smith .... sound supervisor
Carlos Wilkerson .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Marcus Varnado .... grip
John Bernecker .... stunts
Phil O'Dell .... stunt coordinator
Chad Rose .... stunts
Tony Vo .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Beard .... best boy electric
Mike Blauvelt .... first assistant camera
Tony Bryan .... gaffer
Anthony Cady .... key grip
Dustin Frugé .... second assistant camera
Gerard Martin .... film loader
Brandon Swain .... electrician
Elliot Westphal .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dane Carmouche .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Brent Greer .... colorist
Brian Rodriguez .... post production supervisor
Transportation Department
Jack Prince .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Rhagen Austin .... assistant: Mr. Rodriguez
Liz Barker .... production assistant
Brett Bodin .... production assistant
Nancy Clark .... production assistant
Jennifer J. Collins .... script supervisor
Devin Denicola .... production assistant
Shanna Forrestall .... location manager
John Gorman .... armorer
Uyen Le .... production legal
Jonathan Marshall .... production legal
Petey Messina .... production assistant
Mark Pogachefsky .... publicist (as Mark Pogachefski)
Ryan Robison .... assistant: Mr. Kostuch
Mitchell Ryan Rodriguez .... production assistant
Jason Thibeau .... assistant production coordinator: k2 pictures
Michael Thompson .... assistant production coordinator: k2 pictures
Asha Vyas .... production assistant
Aaron L. Williams .... epk: producer/director (uncredited)
Shanna Forrestall .... special thanks
Alejandro González Iñárritu .... thanks
Patrick Mulhearn .... special thanks
Martin Scorsese .... thanks
Chris Stelly .... special thanks
Richard Zeringue .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Anytown" - USA (original title)
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Rated R for disturbing violent content, a scene of sexuality, drinking, drug use and pervasive language - all involving teens
85 min
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Where did the vision go?, 22 March 2014
Author: ChaosStar from Australia

American Bully focuses on the topic of American prejudice towards foreign cultures after the horrific events of 9/11, one of Americas most darkest times where their nation became over zealous in their pride and selfishness, isolating themselves from Middle Eastern nations to the point where a shade of skin or a grown beard is considered a threat on their way of life.

The story follows 4 everyday American teens, Matt, the main, has been expelled from his school for showing a live decapitation video(not shown) to an Indian who he assumes is middle eastern of origin. Seething inside and like any other teenager, decides to party with his friends before he is shipped out to Iraq where his brother is serving. It is until the group come across the helpless kid that had accidentally gotten Matt expelled does the situation go from bad to worse as the American boys themselves submit to the extremists they think they're not.

Fantastic idea but was sadly poorly executed and focused too little on the tension that could have made this film gripping. Most of the actors didn't have much to really work with so it came out as a poor performance.

It is possible that American's could appreciate the film more for living with this type of prejudice right outside their door but fell short anywhere outside their native shores. For similar but a more driven movie, I suggest 'Unthinkable'.

I give American Bully a 3/10

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