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Bully -- A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.
Bully -- Interview: PSA - Lee Hirsch
Bully -- This year, over eighteen million American kids will be bullied at school, on-line, on the bus, at home, through their cellphones and on the streets of their towns, making it the most most common form of violence young people in this country experience. Th
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Director:
Writers:
Cynthia Lowen (written by) &
Lee Hirsch (written by)
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Release Date:
27 April 2012 (Iceland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's time to take a stand See more »
Plot:
A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
9 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of the most important documentaries in recent times See more (75 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Ja'Meya Jackson ... Herself
Kelby Johnson ... Herself
Lona Johnson ... Herself
Bob Johnson ... Himself
Alex Libby ... Himself
Jackie Libby ... Herself
Philip Libby ... Himself
Maya Libby ... Herself
Jada Libby ... Herself
Ethan Libby ... Himself
Logan Libby ... Himself
Kim Lockwood ... Herself
David Long ... Himself
Tina Long ... Herself
Teryn Long ... Herself
Troy Long ... Himself
Devon Matthews ... Himself
Barbara Primer ... Herself
Kirk Smalley ... Himself
Laura Smalley ... Herself
Trey Wallace ... Himself
Tyler Lee Long ... Himself (archive footage)
Mercedes Banks ... Herself
Dean Donehoo ... Himself
Vickie Reed ... Herself
Jeff Johnson ... Himself
Howard Ensley ... Himself
Derek Parker ... Himself (as Judge Derek Parker)
Chloe Albright ... Herself
James Ramsey ... Himself
Paula Crandall ... Herself

Directed by
Lee Hirsch 
 
Writing credits
Cynthia Lowen (written by) &
Lee Hirsch (written by)

Produced by
Sarah Foudy .... associate producer
Lee Hirsch .... producer
Cynthia Lowen .... producer
Cindy Waitt .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Bishop Allen 
Michael Furjanic  (as Ion Furjanic)
 
Cinematography by
Lee Hirsch 
 
Film Editing by
Jenny Golden 
Lindsay Utz 
 
Production Management
Mary Molina .... post-production supervisor (as Mary Angelica Molina)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alicia Dwyer .... second unit director
 
Sound Department
Marco Alicea .... digital audio transfer
James Austin .... engineering services
Christopher Barnett .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher Barnett .... supervising sound editor
Phil Benson .... executive in charge: Skywalker Sound
Kabe Cornell .... field sound recordist
John Countryman .... video services
Jesse Dwyer .... field sound recordist
Bob Edwards .... sound effects editor
Steven Gottlieb .... field sound recordist
Jonathan Greber .... production manager
Damion Haux .... field sound recordist
Pete Horner .... sound effects editor
Michael Levine .... digital audio transfer
Scott R. Lewis .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Josh Lowden .... project manager
Charlotte Moore .... post production sound accountant
Steve Morris .... engineering services (as Steven Morris)
Al Nelson .... sound designer
Tom Paul .... additional sound editor
Gary Rydstrom .... sound designer
Tony Sereno .... sound re-recording mixer
Steven Tollen .... project manager
John Torrijos .... video services (as John 'J.T.' Torrijos)
Tony Villaflor .... recordist
Pascal Garneau .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Drew Oliveras .... recordist (uncredited)
Daniel Sperry .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Corey Tyler .... foley recordist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cole Cassell .... additional cinematographer
Cody Dulock .... additional cinematographer
Jamie Dulock .... additional cinematographer
Michael Dwyer .... second unit cinematographer
Joshua Gilbert .... additional cinematographer (as Josh Gilbert)
Duane Hart .... additional cinematographer
Billy Montross .... additional cinematographer
Andy Owen .... additional cinematographer
Philip Scarborough .... additional cinematographer
Rachel Buchanan .... additional cinematographer (uncredited)
Michael Dwyer .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Greg Astor .... additional editor
Brett Brownell .... post-production assistant
Holly Buechel .... assistant editor
Don Ciana .... lab color timer
Ralph Costanza .... film recording producer
Will Cox .... digital intermediate colorist
Anna Hovhannessian .... assistant editor
Perry Levy .... post-production technical supporter
Lori McCarthy .... assistant editor
Leslie Norville .... post-production assistant
Diane Paragas .... additional editor
Sandy Patch .... additional digital intermediate on-line editor
Michael Pullano .... on-line editor
Gratianne Quade .... assistant editor
Owen Rucker .... digital intermediate on-line editor
Paul Sgroi .... film recording technician
Enat Sidi .... consulting editor
Caitlin Tartaro .... digital intermediate producer
Kaoru Wang .... post-production assistant
Nicole Woo .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Brooke Wentz .... music supervisor
David Bailis .... musician (uncredited)
Michael Furjanic .... music editor (uncredited)
Brian Satz .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Maryam Soleiman .... music clearance (uncredited)
 
Other crew
David Amato .... intern
Josh Braun .... distribution advisor
Abbey Chaus .... intern
Jennifer Cordery .... intern
Ezra Doner .... additional legal services
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel: Gray, Krauss, Des Rochers
Alan Heisterkamp .... educational consultant (as Dr. Alan Heisterkamp)
Lee Hirsch .... researcher
Kristen Irving .... director of social impact campaign
Megan Isenstadt .... researcher
Houston King .... outreach producer
David Koh .... distribution advisor
Evan Krauss .... production counsel: Gray, Krauss, Des Rochers
Mike Lane .... client services
Amanda Lebow .... distribution advisor
Cynthia Lowen .... researcher
Emilia Mello .... researcher
Shelly Napolean .... client services
Nuncle .... title designer
Ann Orrin .... intern
Eva Porter .... client services
Jordan Roberts .... development advisor
George Rush .... additional legal services
Kyler Schmitz .... intern
J. Stephen Sheppard .... additional legal services
Jeff Shinker .... intern
Anita Surendran .... associate production counsel: Gray, Krauss, Des Rochers
Gregory Unruh .... funding provided by: Gravity Films
Sophie Watts .... funding provided by: Gravity Films
Elise Jade D'Orazio .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Bristol Baughan .... special thanks
Jon Carmichael .... dedicatee
Tyler Clementi .... in memory of
Vikki Ann Ernst .... special thanks
Ty Field-Smalley .... dedicatee
Montana Lance .... dedicatee
Tyler Lee Long .... dedicatee (as Tyler Long)
Jean McDowell .... special thanks
Hilary Stabb .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Bully Project" - USA (festival title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, disturbing content, and some strong language - all involving kids (edited for re-rating)
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USA:98 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Denmark:11 | Germany:12 | Netherlands:12 | Philippines:PG-13 | Singapore:NC-16 | USA:PG-13 (edited for re-rating) | USA:R (original rating) (rating surrendered) | USA:Not Rated (uncut version)
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Trivia:
Bully was originally rated R for language. The Weinstein Company appealed for a lower rating, as the R rating would exclude the very audience that is was intended for - high-school teens. The MPAA refused to alter the rating, so the distributor surrendered the original rating and opted for their film to be released 'Unrated' to the theaters. Finally, the filmmakers agreed to cut some, but not all, of the relevant language, and the MPAA did agree to re-rate the movie PG-13. The PG-13 version does keep intact all the language in the scene that was the main point of contention between the filmmakers and the MPAA, in which a 12-year-old is physically and verbally attacked on his school bus by his classmates.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Bullied Student:I've never had real friends that would stick around and help me.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
From A Sinking BoatSee more »

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23 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
One of the most important documentaries in recent times, 15 April 2012
Author: cadillac20 from Culver City, California

The most powerful documentaries are those that speak for themselves. They let their subjects do the talking and lead the film. This is, by far, Bully's greatest strength. This powerful doc. tells the story of several different families who encounter bullying in different ways. We follow a few families dealing with suicides as a result of bullying, one family whose son is dealing with bullying on an everyday basis, and one family whose daughter is in youth behavioral detention from having brought a gun onto a bus. Each story is a different, powerful facet of bullying and the journey is moving and heart breaking. At the center, however, is the main argument that not enough is being done by the adults to prevent bullying.

As stated, the film is told by it's subjects. We witness the bullying that occurs first hand, follow the subjects in their everyday lives, and see first hand the divide between the kids who are bullied and the adults who either do nothing or are unaware of the problem. Other parents deal with the loss of their child through suicide stemmed from bullying and their efforts to change the school systems and law enforcement that ignore the problem. Like any good film, and documentary for that matter, we have our heroic underdogs and our villains. In this case, our heroes are the bullied and our villains are those behind the broken system that allows bullying to continue. One woman in particular displays aptly the real problem and does so with finesse. I will say, by the end of the movie, you'll want to punch her in the face for being such a....well, I can't use that word in this review.

The tragedies in this film are supplemented by a handful of moments that really grab at you. From hearing a man who lost his son use politics as an example to a confrontation in the aforementioned woman's office, the film has a good arc about it. We root for change to happen and for these kids lives to improve, for there to be hope, and there is. Even though the tragedies are rough and even a bit tough to watch at times, we are rewarded with the hope of better days and an improvement. As someone who was a victim of bullying and has known many others to also be victims of bullying, it's refreshing to see that people are standing up all over the world and attempting to do something about it. To say that this film is important is just touching on what it means for this doc to be made.

That isn't to say the film is perfect. Far from it, there's a lot that could have been done. First, the film isn't especially well rounded. We don't get the opposite point of view. Having some of the bullies interviewed would have been a bit interesting I think. It would have also been nice to see some bullies and bullied as adults and what they think. The film also doesn't really look at anything beyond the immediate situation. We don't get any statistical data about bullies or a big variation on the kinds of bullying that occurs. We are simply presented with a few not so unique victims. Perhaps it was simply the filmmakers intention to show us a broken system and those trying to change it, but I would have preferred more variety, however, in the presentation of this problem.

Beyond this, the film is truly great. I can't stress the importance enough of this documentary. With all that goes on in this country these days, it's easy to overlook how important this matter is and how vital it is for the adults involved to put an end to bullying. Especially powerful are the numerous stories of child suicides which reinforce the importance of the issue. I'd even go so far as to say this documentary should be mandated watching for schools. If you have children, find a way for them to see this film. It is one of the most important films of our time.

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