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Bully -- A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.
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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:
Already the most important Documentary of the year. 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)
Runtime:
USA:98 min
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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:
Vice Principal:Tell me how to fix this.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Tasha And Rashid And Love Theme MashupSee more »

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25 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Already the most important Documentary of the year., 30 March 2012

Written by Markus Robinson, Edited by Nicole I. Ashland

Ever since the Weinstein Company has been petitioning the MPAA to assign "Bully" a "PG-13" rating instead of the dreaded "R", there has been controversy surrounding its distribution. There have since been reports that the Weinstein Company plans to release this documentary as "Unrated" to get around the MPAA stranglehold, which may doom it to the dreaded "limited release" realm of no return and rarely seen. So what is the deal? Why was (until quite recently) "Bully" pulling an "R" rating? Does "Bully" advocate bullying? No. Does it use language that your twelve year son/daughter/sister/brother doesn't hear at school every day of his/her life? And (the one that terrifies the MPAA the most) is there any nudity? NOOOOOO. The biggest controversy of this film, and the main idiotic reason that this film pulled an "R" rating for the longest time, is the fact that audiences will actually see middle school and high school kids visibly getting shoved around, punched, and called awful names. And while the images here will be disturbing to parents and teens alike, they need to be seen by a demographic that is actually living through the controversial themes the movie brings up. The awful truth is that 13 million children are bullied every day. So, for the MPAA to have slapped it with an "R" rating is simply irresponsible. "Bully" is a cut and dry example of subject matter superseding the MPAA's fundamentally rigid beliefs of counting the number of F-bombs in a movie.

Now, here is my review of "Bully":

Like a real time therapy session for anybody who has ever been bullied in school, "The Bully Project" or "Bully" as it has been retitled, may not only be responsible for stirring up more pre-release controversy than any documentary in recent history, but also be one of the timeliest documentaries ever released. What director Lee Hirsch tries to do here, is give audiences and inside look at bullying in today's public schools by actually documenting a few victimized teens (ranging in ages from 12 to 16) as they are in the midst of day to day social bullying. The film begins with the story of a boy named Tyler, who killed himself as a direct result of being constantly ridiculed and physically abused from his peers at school. Hirsch films Tyler's parents as they discuss the dire epidemic that is school bullying today, and then we get to see bullying through the eyes of a child in a heartbreaking reality, as Hirsh introduces audiences to Alex, age 12. Alex is an undersized boy who is subjected to constant ridicule and scorn from his peers. And I'm not just talking about older kids at school calling him names. Hirsch follows Alex as he is seen getting his lunch stolen, physically hit in the back of the head, shoved to the ground and in one case stabbed with a pencil on the bus (as the bus driver does nothing). The tragic mental and physical abuse this child goes through will reduce many audience members to tears instantaneously. For others, the emotional damage this young man goes through on screen will be nothing less than anger inducing. If you had forgotten how bad it was being a teenager when you went to school, Alex will serve as a not so subtle reminder of how brutal some kids have it. And what's worse is Hirsch's depiction of how out of touch the adults are with their children, in conjunction with how seemingly unflinching school administrators act when confronted about bullying in their own schools.

Final Thought: Unfortunately at times the subject matter of "Bully" is better than the film itself, even though Hirsch does daring work. What I mean by that is, that for how hard hitting his subject matter was, the filmmaking (or how the film was put together) could have been better if it would have included every aspect of bullying. In many ways this film only scratches the surface. In saying that, the film does more than serve its purpose. This isn't just a movie about the struggles of fitting in. This is an uncensored look into a bullying epidemic that up until a few years ago had been mostly swept under the rug of American society. So, even though it is doubtful that "Bully" will be the most well made documentary I see all year, it will most definitely be the most important; and one not only every child should see, but entire families should see together.

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