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Bully
     

Bully

4.2 10
Director: Larry Clark

Cast: Brad Renfro, Rachel Miner, Nick Stahl

 
Bully takes a hard-hitting look at teenagers, sex, and murder. The film is featured in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and looks very nice for its low-budget origins. This transfer appears crisp, detailed, and void of any edge enhancement or artifacting. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and is very adequate for the film it supports. While there

Overview

Bully takes a hard-hitting look at teenagers, sex, and murder. The film is featured in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and looks very nice for its low-budget origins. This transfer appears crisp, detailed, and void of any edge enhancement or artifacting. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and is very adequate for the film it supports. While there are some instances of directional use in this mix (usually with the gangster rap soundtrack), the bulk of the track tends to come from the center and front speakers only. Also included on this disc is a music-only soundtrack, as well as subtitles in English and Spanish. The extra features on this disc start with an engaging interview with director Larry Clark that sadly lasts only around five minutes. Next up are some fairly long interviews with the young cast discussing their characters and the screenplay. "How the Actors Landed Their Roles" is a comedic interview with each cast member joking about how they slept with the director to be in the movie (which, in a roundabout way, is sort of creepy). Finally there's a picture gallery of the real people this movie is based on, and a theatrical trailer for the film.

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
Larry Clark's Bully calls the bluff of movies that pretend to be about murder but are really about entertainment. His film has all the sadness and shabbiness, all the mess and cruelty and thoughtless stupidity of the real thing.
San Francisco Chronicle
The important thing is that Clark has found a new way to be creepy, which isn't easy. In the process he has created something irresistibly watchable, the kind of original piece that might mean less but reveal more than its creator intended. Mick LaSalle

Product Details

Release Date:
01/22/2002
UPC:
0031398789321
Original Release:
2001
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
22,982

Special Features

Cast & Crew Interviews; Music Only Track; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brad Renfro Marty Puccio
Rachel Miner Lisa Connelly
Nick Stahl Bobby Kent
Bijou Phillips Ali Willis
Michael Pitt Donny Semenec
Kelli Garner Heather Swaller
Daniel Franzese Derek Dzvirko
Leo Fitzpatrick Hitman

Technical Credits
Larry Clark Director
Peter Block Co-producer
Linda Burton Production Designer
Manuel Chiche Executive Producer
Carmen Cuba Casting
Arnaud Duteil Executive Producer
Arnaud Dutell Executive Producer
Rob Freeman Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Gainer Cinematographer
Jordan Gertner Executive Producer
Andrew Hafitz Editor
Chris Hanley Producer
Laura Harper Art Director
Thierry Klemeniuk Associate Producer
Zachary Long Screenwriter
Vincent Maraval Executive Producer
Clark McCutchen Associate Producer
Jacky Morgan Co-producer
Mark Mower Executive Producer
Don Murphy Producer
Robert Pfeffer Co-producer
Roger Pullis Screenwriter
Brad Renfro Associate Producer
Sholto Roeg Asst. Director
Carleen Ileana Rosado Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Schutze Associate Producer
Guy Stodel Associate Producer,Co-producer
Fernando Sulichin Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Sandwich Boys [6:49]
2. Dancing Queen [5:10]
3. Taking Turns [5:36]
4. Two Red Lines [4:13]
5. Influences [4:31]
6. Say It [5:24]
7. Source of Trouble [3:45]
8. Great Ideas [3:23]
9. Dinner & a Plan [5:21]
10. Irritating [5:22]
11. Wasted [5:32]
12. Mad [6:54]
13. C.M.F. [6:21]
14. Ride [5:24]
15. Say Alligators [5:40]
16. Disciplinary Action [3:22]
17. North Beach [2:02]
18. Nature Sucks [4:18]
19. We Did It [2:36]
20. Spreading the News [5:30]
21. Hotline [3:00]
22. Where's Marty? [4:24]
23. Trial [2:23]
24. End Credits [5:23]

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Bully 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
tayriley More than 1 year ago
this is easily one of my favourite movies of all time. it is based on a true story and that fact is never lost on the viewer as the story of a homicide unfolds ever so casually. these are bored teens that have sex and do drugs...and the scariest part is that they are not so far away from the teens i grew up with. but larry clark does not take pity on them, instead letting the viewer make up his own opinions on what has happened. this is one of those movies that in its most horrifying moments, you cannot look away. some critics tout it (and other larry clark movies) as being over-the-top...all i have to say is that they must be completely out of touch with the reality of modern youth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie didn't have any real grasp of storyline or of plot. All it had was drugs and sex,and more drugs and sex and more and more. The movie basically centers around a borderline sociopathic sadistic character played by Brad Renfro, who actually did a fairly good performance in a lackluster movie. Unlike the movie Kids, also directed by Larry Clark, this movie uses teenage sex not as a means to teach a lesson but just to disturb, shock and the movie really is glorified pornography with equally bad acting. To watch better movies of the same genre of deliquent teenagers,especially males, Kids directed by Larry Clarke is much better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You feel like you know these kids, pot head drop out who do nothing with there lives. Just drugs and sex. They have nothing going for them, just anger and adolensence. They end up doing the unthinkable and paying for it with the rest of their lives.
Gonzo84 More than 1 year ago
I remember catching this film on IFC a couple years ago. I'd heard a lot about "Kids" and how extreme and intense the themes that surround that film are portrayed. When I viewed this feature I didn't know that this one was directed by the same director of "Kids." After watching the film, like another reviewer on here, I felt pretty sick to my stomach. The story really got to me. Some people might view this film and feel that there isn't any real plot or story, except teenagers doing drugs and having lots of sex, but isn't that what primarally what a lot of teenagers do these days and especially these characters. The fact that this film is based off of a true story, which was first written into a True Crime book, which makes this film all the more relevant and real. Every actor did an awesome job at portraying their characters. It's not easy pulling off a true story and stick to realism. This film does that perfectly. The characters are all people we've gone to High School with, the Stoners, Nerds, Sluts (sorry), Shy, and ultimately the Bullies. Of course the Bully within this film is taken to more levels than usual, but that's what makes this story and film what it is, there's a reason for the ending and a reason for why this story in real life is so heavily controversial. It's kind of like Columbine, when those shootings happened, everybody scrambled around wondering why and when the subject of "Bullying" came up, it made all the more sense of what can ultimately happen if someone is pushed to far. It's sad, but it's the crazy thing about life and I think that's what this film offers. A perspective on the crazy/dark side of human behavior being pushed beyond controllable limits. What's funny is that this film doesn't have any more elements than you'd find in a "Law and Order" episode. A teenager is bullied by a friend/stranger and is pushed too far. This film goes all the way to the very core though, whereas Television shows can't. And the acting doesn't even compare. All and all this is a wonderful piece. It's not something you'd want to snack to or be entertained from, but more learn from. Hopefully people would take something away from this film, there is a lot of lessons to be learned. For those of you though who view this film and are as affected by it as much as I was at first, the feature sort sticks with you and haunts you, especially since the story stimulates a lot of new thoughts. I like that though about this film, it's kind of like what I felt after watching Basketball Diaries, where I couldn't sleep at all cause my mind was thinking too much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is an abysmally banal attempt to tell what its filmmakers allege is a true story. The teens depicted in the film, and the actors who portray them, are so without emotion that the performances are forced and empty quite apart from the story they are forced to tell. The character of Marty, acting as a seeming martyr, is without substance or foundation and gives one whiplash as his passivity turns to self-righteous outrage. His feelings of thoughtful and tolerable friendship with Bobby turn to one of hatred and contempt so quickly and without a believable footing that this shift is deemed meaningless. Lisa as Marty's savior and guardian uses him to justify her own apparent rage toward Bully Bobby following his rape of her friend and as a result approaches the same level of dominance over Marty as practiced by the film's title character. The filmmakers' attempt to tell what they call a ''true'' story is done so in the most inconceivable, trite, and clichéd way despite the violent and tragic events upon which it is alleged to be based. It as well loses the circumstances and events of that story amidst melodramatic story telling and ''artistic'' license that turns its message into an insulting attempt to add contrived drama to an otherwise powerful tragedy. At any rate that story it tells is unrecognizable. The filmmaker's refusal to explore the foundation of the characters' personalities and circumstances upon which their actions are based doesn't allow one to care much at all about their troubles or imposed plight. The film's attempt to shock and disturb its audience buries the story it strains to tell. How the director's critical success with ''Kids'' led to this drivel is beyond me. Renters of the film may wish to take a chance, but buyers should be aware.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the acting was the best i've seen in a long time. rachel miner and brad renfro played the perfect match for this twisted tale. i wolud rather give this 10 stars. a true must see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Larry Clark's direction is completely original and excellently done. His actors' performances are all very real and imaginative... it feels like very crisp realism. The cinematography is completely unique as well (aka Kids and Gummo) . A GREAT FILM
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is a great movie and Brad is so good in it he is a great actor and he is so hot :) i love him and his movies he playes in i watch them over and over again my favorite ever is Tom and Huck i have that movie and love it My man Brad
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of this movie. If you like films that are not overglossed or full of generic dialogue, give this one a try. I thought it was very well-written and acted. You become drawn into the atmosphere of these kids from the start, and I thought it was easy to see how it could have been based on a true story. I found it to be a very authentic portrayal of kids caught up in such a situation and I would highly recommend it, even though it should be noted that the film deals with some very mature subject matter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was weird because i have a strong stomach i've done alot of bad things but this film actualy began to make me sick. Thats why i loved it. Kids, Gummo some of my favourites but this film for made me realy feel what these strange little characters were actualy thinking. Very realistic to people and like gummo and kids shows how people realy are, not how we want them to be. Evil