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Bully

Bully

Larry Clark (2001)

107min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Following the more moderate Another Day in Paradise, director Larry Clark steps back into the grit and grime of maximum shock cinema with this outstanding drama. Stylistically echoing his brutal yet dazzling debut feature kids, Clark unleashes a superbly shot movie that's not so much entertainment, as a stomach-churning life lesson. Based on the true story of a sadistic Florida teenager who was hideously murdered by the friends that he victimised, the film presents a terrifying snapshot of alienated young America. Turning from powerful social commentary into an authentic horror movie as the nerve-shredding events unfold, this is an ultra-realistic portrayal of morally corrupt youth, illuminated by startling performances from the largely unknown cast. It's both tragic and painfully confrontational, but stands as an undiluted example of independent movie-making at its most vital and compulsive.

Summary

A violent and sadistic bully makes life a misery for other teenagers, pushes around his so-called best friend and rapes a local girl. Eventually, his victims all band together to have him killed, hiring an incompetent hitman to do the job. But things do not go entirely as they planned. Fact-based drama from Kids director Larry Clark. Starring Brad Renfro, Rachel Miner, Bijou Phillips and Nick Stahl.

Cast & Crew

Mario "Marty" Puccio Brad Renfro
Lisa Connelly Rachel Miner
Bobby Kent Nick Stahl
Alice "Ali" Willis Bijou Phillips
Donny Semenec Michael Pitt
Heather Swallers Kelli Garner
Derek Kaufman Leo Fitzpatrick
Director Larry Clark
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Film Four Guidance: Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 1 Mar 2002

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