September 28th, 2001



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Still of Nick Stahl in BullyThe cast at the beachMelora Walters at event of BullyStill of Nick Stahl and Bijou Phillips in BullyStill of Brad Renfro and Rachel Miner in BullyBrad Renfro and Nick Stahl at event of Bully

Based on a true story. Naive teenagers plot to murder one of their own, who has been too much of a bully to them.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 7.0/10 (19,674 voted)

Critic's Score: 45/100

Director: Larry Clark

Stars: Brad Renfro, Nick Stahl, Bijou Phillips

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.

Writers: Jim Schutze, David McKenna

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 - Mr. Willis (as Steven Raulerson)
Judy Clayton - Mrs. Willis (as Judith Clayton)
Alan Lilly - Mr. Puccio
Irene B. Colletti - Mrs. Puccio

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

Release Date: 28 September 2001

Filming Locations: City Hall - 200 N. Spring Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $47,502 (USA) (15 July 2001) (6 Screens)

Gross: $510,092 (USA) (26 August 2001)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (R-rated version)  | USA: (unrated version)

Did You Know?

The word "fuck" and its derivatives are said 274 times throughout the film.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Although the events upon which the film is based take place in 1993, the film itself is deliberately not set in 1993, but in 2001, to avoid any potential problems with anachronisms.

[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.

User Review

I'd like to clear up some misconceptions about this movie


It seems that the reviews of this movie are rather bleak because people say that the director focused too much on sex and that this was not a realistic picture for teens. I watched the movie, and read the book, and I have another reference source- my mother was a juror for the court case State of Florida Vs. Ali Willis and Donny Semenec. She was sequestered for over a month and was told every piece of information about these two teenagers and their friends.

This sex/drug filled movie is a spot-on represenation of these kid's sad life. They had no future, no regrets, didn't go to school and yes, they had sex with each other a lot. From what my mother says, if you were to make a movie about them accurately, it would have to be close to 75% sex. The bully was bi-sexual and would force his best friend to have sex with him after he had raped his girlfriend. These kids were also not poor white trash, as their parents were very wealthy, and they drove nice cars.

I think the fact is some people cannot stomach the idea of these kids being real, so they blame the director for not interpreting the story correctly. This is a story of middle- upper class kids, kids like your sons and daughters.

I thought this movie was very good. 7.5/10


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