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Bully (2001)

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A pack of naïve teenagers conspire to murder a mutual friend, whose aggressive demeanor has proved too much.

Director:

Larry Clark

Writers:

Jim Schutze (book), David McKenna (screenplay) (as Zachary Long) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Renfro ... Marty Puccio
Bijou Phillips ... Ali Willis
Rachel Miner ... Lisa Connelly
Nick Stahl ... Bobby Kent
Michael Pitt ... Donny Semenec
Leo Fitzpatrick ... The Hitman
Kelli Garner ... Heather Swallers
Daniel Franzese ... Cousin Derek
Nathalie Paulding ... Claudia
Jessica Sutta ... Blonde
Ed Amatrudo ... Mr. Kent (as Edward Amatrudo)
Steve Raulerson Steve Raulerson ... Mr. Willis (as Steven Raulerson)
Judy Clayton ... Mrs. Willis (as Judith Clayton)
Alan Lilly ... Mr. Puccio
Irene B. Colletti ... Mrs. Puccio
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Storyline

After finding himself at the constant abuse of his best friend, Bobby, Marty has become fed up with his friend's twisted ways. His girlfriend, a victim of Bobby's often cruel ways, couldn't agree more and they strategize murdering Bobby, with a group of willing and unwilling participants in a small Florida town. In the midst of their plotting, they find themselves contemplating with the possible aftermath of what could happen. Written by MonkeyKingMA

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It's 4 a.m... do you know where your kids are?

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Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, sexual content, drug use and language - all involving teens | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | France | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bully - Diese Kids schockten Amerika See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,502, 15 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,537,670, 22 April 2012
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In 2018, Daniel Franzese revealed that Bijou Phillips had been extremely cruel to him subjected him to a lot of homophobic and fat-shaming bullying while they were on the set, saying that she kept trying to goad him into admitting that he was gay years before he came out as such and that she laughed at his appearance when he removed his shirt at a pool party and had even twisted one of his nipples. He also said that the producers looked the other way and allowed her behavior to continue as she came from a famous family. However Franzese did note that his co-stars Michael Pitt, Brad Renfro and Nick Stahl all repeatedly and vocally stood up for him and called Phillips' out on her behavior, with Stahl trying to convince her to apologize. See more »

Goofs

On the back of the Region 1 DVD, it incorrectly says 'Theatrical Version', even though it is the director's cut. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Marty: [on the phone with a customer] I want you to suck my big dick.
Mrs. Puccio: [from downstairs] Marty, honey, dinner!
Marty: [into the phone] I want you to lick my balls.
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Crazy Credits

This Picture only covers events up to and including the conclusion of the trial of the defendants depicted in this Picture. Following the trial, some defendants appealed. Here are the results of the various appeals as of the time of the making of this Picture: Lisa Connelly's sentence was reduced to 22 years. Alice Willis was sentenced to 17 years but shall be under community supervision for 40 years upon her release. Martin Puccio's sentence was reduced to life in prison See more »

Alternate Versions

The version shown on Cinemax is the edited R-rated version of the film and while most of the sex remains, the more explicit shots are removed. See more »

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Featured in Bully: On Location (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Forgot About Dre
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What If Your Kids Turned Out Like This?
16 November 2005 | by boyinflaresSee all my reviews

Controversial director Larry Clark's based on real-life events "Bully" is sometimes quite hard to watch, but you can't quite stop yourself from watching the misadventures of these messed up children either. This film feels so real, so nitty-gritty, that at times, you may feel like an intruder, watching someone else's life. These children are so far removed from being children, it is hard to think that they actually are just children. After all, the concept of a group of kids killing their so-called friend, well, its hardly child's play now is it? The cast are great. Brad Renfro is top-notch in all his performances, here is no exception. Bijou Phillips is great, Rachel Miner is cunning, Kelli Garner is a lot of fun, Michael Pitt is slightly annoying, but entertaining nonetheless. Nick Stahl is intense, to say the least.

Of course it would be hard to say you condone the actions of these "kids", after all, they murdered. But it makes for gripping drama. The film also reveals the sentencing which the kids received for their parts in the murder, some of which was very surprising. A great film, but you need to be in the mood for a hard-watch.


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