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

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American Bully -- In American Bully, it 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.
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American Bully -- In American Bully, it 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.

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Director:
Writers:
Dave Rodriguez (writer)
Zak Meyers (writer)
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Genre:
Tagline:
america's innocence lost.
Plot:
A middle-American teenage boy who is affected by 9/11, terrorism, and the war in Iraq becomes involved in an isolated high school altercation that escalates into a hate crime that shocks the entire nation. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (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
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
 
Stunts
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)
 
Thanks
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Anytown" - USA (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for disturbing violent content, a scene of sexuality, drinking, drug use and pervasive language - all involving teens
Runtime:
85 min
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5 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Chalk One Up For Ignorance, 5 December 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

What could have been a really good film was hampered by some heavy handed direction. American Bully tells the tale of four teens, one of them a most charismatic individual leads the other three into a crime of unspeakable horror. Matt O'Leary who has a brother in Iraq and is getting ready to enlist himself gets suspended from school for showing a beheading video from the wars on terror. He thinks that Jonathan Halayalkar ratted him out and Jonathan is darker complexioned. Ergo he has to be one of those Moslem terrorists. In fact he's a Sikh, but what does O'Leary know from Sikhs? Nor do his friends Marshall Allman, Sam Murphy, and Ross Britz.

In fact what do Americans for the most part know from these other cultures? We are a most ignorant people if we were not politicians would not have such an easy time talking us into wars.

In this situation Moslem terrorists don't do themselves any good either. Since the Seventies they've done all kinds of unspeakable acts starting with the massacre of those Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. Not hard to hate these people as young O'Leary and his friends do.

But in point of fact they're punks and nothing justifies what they did. And that they chose a Sikh because they don't know the difference, chalk one up for ignorance.

American Bully covers a wide range of troubling issues, hate crimes, bullying, and ignorance and maybe another viewer can add a few more. These issues deserve a better film.

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