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Bully (2011)

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A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.

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Ja'Meya Jackson ...
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Kelby Johnson ...
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Alex Libby ...
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Jackie Libby ...
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Philip Libby ...
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Maya Libby ...
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Jada Libby ...
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Logan Libby ...
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Kim Lockwood ...
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David Long ...
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Tina Long ...
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Teryn Long ...
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This year, over 13 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones and on the streets of their towns, making it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience. BULLY is the first feature documentary film to show how we've all been affected by bullying, whether we've been victims, perpetrators or stood silent witness. The world we inhabit as adults begins on the playground. BULLY opens on the first day of school. For the more than 13 million kids who'll be bullied this year in the United States, it's a day filled with more anxiety and foreboding than excitement. As the sun rises and school busses across the country overflow with backpacks, brass instruments and the rambunctious sounds of raging hormones, this is a ride into the unknown. For a lot of kids, the only thing that's certain is that this year, like every other, bullying will be a big part of whatever meets them at their school's front doors. ... Written by Lowen, Cynthia; Hirsch, Lee

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Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, disturbing content, and some strong language - all involving kids | See all certifications »

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$1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$116,472 (USA) (30 March 2012)

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$4,038,876 (USA) (9 November 2012)
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Anderson Cooper is a strong advocate of this documentary and the movement against bullying that it has stimulated. It was featured on Anderson Cooper 360° (2003) in October 2011, at the "Bullying: It Stops Here" town hall program special. Kelly Ripa, Rosalind Wiseman and Phil McGraw also shared their reactions to and support of the movie. See more »

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The scene where Alex is walking down the street and throwing a stick is inverted. The "Mitsubishi" text on the back of the truck is flipped. See more »

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Alex: They punch me in the jaw, they, er, strangle me and knock things out of my hand.
Alex: Sit on me.
Alex: I feel like I belong somewhere else.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Love Is a Many Splintered Thing (2013) See more »

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One Headlight
Written by Jakob Dylan (uncredited)
Performed by The Wallflowers (uncredited)
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Weinstein brings on another worthy movie
12 April 2012 | by (Michigan, United States) – See all my reviews

Directed by Lee Hirsch and written by Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen with a cast that is fascinating to watch, BULLY depicts the effects of bullying on the victims those that do the bullying and those that stand by and do nothing about it.

The depictions are strong and hard. I would not characterize it as hard core, but it may be disturbing. The filmmakers have presented the audiences with a clear picture of what actually goes on every single day in a school anywhere in the U.S. (an the world). Young peoples' lives are changed forever form the effects of being bullied.

Crediting the filmmakers is correct, but one also has to mention the tireless efforts of the man who made this movie come to light, and created the right public relations campaign that has intrigued so many. That man is Harvey Weinstein, and he is a champion of quality independent movies, documentary or fiction, that probably would not have seen the light of day (bad reviews, no advertising money, etc. if not for his efforts


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