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Big Bully (1996)

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A writer returns to his hometown where he faces the childhood nemesis whose life he ultimately ruined, only the bully wants to relive their painful past by torturing him once again.

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Steve Miner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Moranis ... David Leary
Tom Arnold ... Rosco Bigger - Fang
Julianne Phillips ... Victoria
Carol Kane ... Faith
Jeffrey Tambor ... Art
Curtis Armstrong ... Clark
Faith Prince ... Betty
Tony Pierce Tony Pierce ... Ulf
Don Knotts ... Principal Kokelar
Blake Bashoff ... Ben
Cody McMains ... Kirby
Harry Waters Jr. ... Alan
Stuart Pankin ... Gerry
Justin Jon Ross Justin Jon Ross ... Young David
Michael Zwiener Michael Zwiener ... Young Fang
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Storyline

David Leary was bullied by Rosco when he was in elementary school. But he got even on the day his parents moved out of town. Now twenty years later, David, who is a successful writer, is invited back to his home town to teach. Everything is great until Rosco, who is still in town, recognizes him. Now suddenly someone is playing mean practical jokes on him. Isn't David a little too old to be running to the Principal saying "Rosco's picking on me." ? Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Taglines:

A comedy for the kid in all of us.

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Comedy | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mean-spirited pranks, some crude humor and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

2 aspondoi filoi See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,131,094, 28 January 1996

Gross USA:

$4,085,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Alphacine)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The pastor of the Methodist Church next to the Bierstube is listed as I. Thomas. Ian D. Thomas was the production designer for the movie. The pastor is seen drinking in the bar as David enters and is uncredited in the film. See more »

Goofs

Kirby puts drops in his ear during class. There are four shots of him at his desk. In one of them, the bright green pen is missing from his desk. See more »

Quotes

David Leary: You're alive!
Roscoe Bigger: You're dead!
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References Leave It to Beaver (1957) See more »

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Damn good comedy!

Every so often Hollywood takes a serious theme like murder or bullying and tries to make light of it. When that attempt gropes toward the inner pain of dark comedy, the film may have merit. Yet when the focus is on cheap non laughs surrounded by a total disregard for substance, logic, and human decency, the result is most often a bloated, turgid mess like BIG BULLY.

Director Steven Miner wastes the limited talents of all concerned. Rick Moranis is a weedy, nerdy little man who has to relive the trauma of childhood bullying by beefy Tom Arnold. As the film opens, both Moranis and Arnold are in the fourth grade. Arnold plays a blubbery bully that one sometimes sees in a filmed version of a Steven King horror movie. But in the hands of a King based script, the bully is a source of unredeemed evil. Here, under Miner's unsure grasp, Arnold is no more than a walking tub of prepubescent lard who seeks to bully the nerdy Moranis. Now if Miner had tried to make a serious movie about childhood bullying, then BIG BULLY might have had something worthwhile to say about the angst of childhood insecurities.

Now flash forward twenty years. Moranis and Arnold are both teachers in the same grammar school, and Arnold quickly reverts to the bully that he was. What makes this regression reprehensible is Arnold's justification that as a victim, Moranis thoroughly deserved his fate. What then follows is a ridiculous chase scene between prey and predator that offers no lasting insight into either demented personality. Julianne Phillips is a wasted toss in as Moranis' girlfriend. At the end, when director Miner seeks closure, the film ends in the uneasiest of endings, one that satisfied neither the desire for revenge nor one that offers justification for that revenge in the first place.


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