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Mean Creek (2004)

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When a teen is bullied, his brother and friends lure the bully into the woods to seek revenge.

Director:

Jacob Estes (as Jacob Aaron Estes)

Writer:

Jacob Estes (as Jacob Aaron Estes)
4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rory Culkin ... Sam Merrick
Ryan Kelley ... Clyde
Scott Mechlowicz ... Marty Blank
Trevor Morgan ... Rocky Merrick
Josh Peck ... George Tooney
Carly Schroeder ... Millie
Branden Williams ... Kile
Raissa Fleming Raissa Fleming ... Maggie Tooney
Heath Lourwood Heath Lourwood ... Jasper
Ryan Peterson Ryan Peterson ... Cashier
Michael Fisher-Welsh Michael Fisher-Welsh ... Mr. Levinworth
J.W. Crawford ... Tom (as James W. Crawford)
Shelly Lipkin ... Mr. Merrick
Kaz Garas ... Detective Wright
Hagai Shaham Hagai Shaham ... Handsome Police Officer
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Storyline

When Sam Merrick is beaten up by local bully George Tooney, Sam's older brother Rocky and his friends Clyde and Marty plan to pretend it's Sam's birthday to "invite" George on a boat trip in which they would dare him to strip naked, jump in the lake, and run home naked. But when Sam, his girlfriend Millie, Rocky, and Clyde see George as not much of a bad guy, they want to call off the plan, but Marty refuses. Will the plan go ahead as planned? Written by Seth Waters *AshTFrankFurter2*

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

You can never go back. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual references, teen drug and alcohol use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A harag sodrása See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,170, 22 August 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$603,951
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Whitewater Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The bumper sticker on the back of Marty's mom's car reads "My child kicked the crap out of your honor student." See more »

Goofs

When George is lying on the shore and Clyde runs to shout for help, he stumbles and falls almost entirely into the water (at around 47 mins). A few shots later he stands facing the others and is seemingly dry (at 53:04 to 53:07 and 53:23 to 53:27), definitely too dry to have just been immersed in water. See more »

Quotes

George: [Josh sets his camera down and starts shooting baskets on the basketball court; Sam notices Josh's camera and picks it up, looking at it]
[first lines]
George: Hey! What do you think you're doing?
[knocks over Sam; the camera falls over a fence and lands on the ground, only showing Josh in frame fighting over Sam]
George: You're a punk, Sam! I ought to kill you!
[kids start gathering around the scene]
George: You fucking dickhead! I told you to never touch my camera!
Sam: Stop!
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Hagai Shaham is credited as being the "handsome" police officer (he is also a producer of the movie) See more »

Connections

References Superman (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

On Edge (Bunker Version)
Written by Ethan Gold
Performed by Ethan Gold
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The good outweighs the bad in this outstanding picture!
14 July 2005 | by Martina_HeleneSee all my reviews

Mean Creek is an amazing movie. It is so refreshing to see a good movie when there are so many worthless ones around presently. There are many great things about Mean Creek, and a few not so good things. The writing is excellent, the directing is great. The acting is so well done, it seems more real than half the "reality" TV shows on TV today. The young actors which consist of Trevor Morgan, Ryan Kelley, Scott Melchowitz, Rory Culkin, Carley Shroader, and Josh Peck. I was blown away by their performances. There is another thing that makes Mean Creek so unique. It's cinematography (sp?). Most of the action of the movie takes place within one day, and at a Creek. The filming of the Creek is so magnificent, there are great shots of the Creek itself, the water, the forestry around it, and there are some great pictures of the animals that call the creek home. The subject matter of Mean Creek is extreme and dramatic, which is another reason for the amazement at the young actors in this film! The main subject revolves around the themes of forgiveness and revenge. The first five children plan a simple revenge trick on the bully, yet something horrible happens are all of the children are forced into an extremely difficult situiton in just a matter of minutes. The ending is a bit ambiguous, and open ended. WHich, I think is good in a certain way but I would have wanted more closure about the fate of the children. I am surprised by the lack of representation at the award shows for this picture. I truly believe this film in underrated and under viewed, because it's an indie and it's a directors debut.


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