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Bang Bang You're Dead (2002)

Trevor is a troubled high school student, thanks to the effects of bullying. This is the story of his fight to break free.

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Guy Ferland
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cavanagh ... Val Duncan
Ben Foster ... Trevor Adams
Randy Harrison ... Sean
Janel Moloney ... Ellie Milford
Jane McGregor ... Jenny Dahlquist
David Paetkau ... Brad Lynch
Eric Johnson ... Mark Kenworth
Kristian Ayre Kristian Ayre ... Kurt
Brent Glenen Brent Glenen ... Zach
Gillian Barber ... Principal Meyer
Eric Keenleyside ... Bob Adams
Glynis Davies ... Karen Adams
Ryan McDonald ... Vanderhoff
Chad Faust ... Alex Lumberman
Andrew Sabiston ... Mr. Olson
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Storyline

For the most part it's a tale of an adolescent, Trevor, who gets picked on a lot at school. Not as much as he used to, because the year before he called in a phony bomb threat, complete with a working bomb (minus anything that would actually explode). Because of this, parents and teachers are afraid of him, and his fellow students generally avoid him, except for a group of outcasts called the "Trogs". As violence by the Jocks against the Trogs escalates, Trevor is the suspect for anything gone wrong, even though he didn't necessarily do anything. One teacher is willing to give Trevor the benefit of the doubt, and casts him in a highly controversial play about (what else?) school shootings. It all comes to a head as some other students create a plan to bring guns to school and kill everyone in the cafeteria. Written by Lady Lamia

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Rated R for elements of violence | See all certifications »

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English

Release Date:

21 January 2008 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Bam kai kato! See more »

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Dolby

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trevor: [Shown on the videotape] When I am gone, you will all have this to ponder and maybe realize why I did what I did. A little push in front of other kids is a very big deal, particularly when you know it's gonna happen to you every single day, every single day, every single day, you are almost relieved when it actually happens. You are always waiting, waiting for the next attack. They don't just hurt kids, they make you hurt yourself. I cant take two more years of this, and the more they call me ...
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Hard Hitting, Intense Film
13 January 2004 | by mwendelSee all my reviews

This film tackles the eternal issue of growing up a teenager and the extreme reactionary responses we see growing at an alarming rate in our contemporary times. Some of the events in this movie could easily have been plucked from the headlines of the newspapers in recent years. It does an excellent job of tacking the touch issues of adolescence, guns in schools, and school administrators being completely oblivious to what is really going on in their hallways.

With an intense lead performance by Ben Foster, as the singled out teen, and Thomas Cavanagh, as the teacher trying to get through to both the school administration and its students, the story propels you through a whirlwind series of events over the course of a school year. The theme of the story is very dark and powerful painting a picture of the worst case possible scenario public school; which in my opinion may be closer to the truth then people want to really admit, making the story that much more believable.

I really feel that this is a film to be watched and appreciated because, unless you're in total denial, it's going to make you think more about the ideas and issues that inspired it. This is a movie for all to watch. Everybody goes to high school.


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