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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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Taglines:

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 »

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Details

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

Gross USA:

$480,811

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$704,808
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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 »

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Ali constantly refers to her Mustang as a "5.0" which is completely impossible for two reasons. One has been pointed out, the 5.0 wasn't available in the 99 to 04 Mustangs, the last time a 5.0 was available in a Mustang was 94-95. To further this mistake Ali's Mustang isn't even represented by the V8 of that generation, but rather the v6 option. 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 scenes that were cut from the R-rated version include:
  • A sex scene with Ali (Bijou Phillips) and Donny (Michael Pitt). Ali pours hot wax on Michael's chest. (at 23:15 through 24:37 seconds)
  • A brief shot of Ali's vagina when you see her panties scrunched up (at 35:56 through 35:59 seconds) There are included in the Region 1 DVD from Lionsgate Entertainment.
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Connections

References The Godfather (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Dat
Performed by J.T. Money (as JT Money) featuring Solé (as Sole)
Written by Christopher Stewart, Thabiso Nkhereanye (as Thabiso Nkhereanya), Solé (as Tonya Johnston),
J.T. Money (as Jeffrey Tompkins), Diandre Davis
JT Money appears courtesy of Freeworld Entertainment/Priority Records
Sole appears courtesy of Dreamworks Records
Published by Music of Windswept o/b/o Honey from Missouri and Hitco South, Famous Music o/b/o itself
Tunes on the Verge of Insanity and Mo Better Grooves Music (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. o/b/i itself and Tony Mercedes Music (ASCAP),
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Thanks a lot, Larry Clarke...
18 June 2008 | by sc8031See all my reviews

...for making the most authentically depressing movie about bullies ever.

You know the story, 'coz a bunch of films have tried to emulate or recreate it: some oblivious sociopathic jerk-ass bullies his friends, who decide to end it once-and-for-all by planning to kill him. The problem (or benefit) to Larry Clarke's film-making is that the scenario becomes uber-real.

Here the casting and acting are all top-notch. Everything about the grimy, swampy Florida suburbs are elucidated to the outside world, giving us a look at the crappy lives of these dead-beat teens. None of the lifestyles here should surprise you if you've spent much time in a podunk beach town, or a crappy strip-mall-infested slice of Americana. But as previously said, the casting and direction is a little too authentic.

This movie is much better than Kids, because it doesn't feel like a pederast obsession and highlights a more explicit event. Thing is, Clarke's movies always feel kinda creepy and I wonder if the dude doesn't have an unhealthy obsession with this grimy, broken youth culture. He seems to have really strong nostalgia for his experiences of living through it. It doesn't surprise me that Leo Fitzpatrick, a character here and in Kids, also worked with director Todd Solondz. In ways, Solondz makes me think of a cross between Clarke and Woody Allen's darker, clever moments.

This is worth watching. Even if it isn't pleasurable viewing, it's captivating and solid film-making. It is probably the best movie Clarke has done.

RIP le Brad Renfro!


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