Saturday, October 29, 2011

FILM: Bully (2001)

Plot: Based on a true story. Naive teenagers plot to murder one of their own, who has been too much of a bully to them. IMDB: Bully (2001)

Director: Larry Clark
Story: Jim Schutze
(From the book "Bully: A True Story of High School Revenge")
Screenplay: David McKenna & Roger Pullis
Cast: Brad Renfro, Bijou Phillips, Rachel Miner, Nick Stahl, Michael Pitt, Leo Fitzpatrick, Kelli Garner, Daniel Franzese, Navah Paulding, Jessica Sutta, Rick Seguso; Cinematographer: Steve Gainer; Film Editing: Andrew Hafitz; Production Design: Linda Burton; Art Direction: Laura Harper; Music: Scott Grusin

Film Achievements: 2002 Prism Certificate of Merit Theatrical Feature Film; 2001 Stockholm Film Festival Best Actress - Rachel Miner; 2001 Stockholm Film Festival Bronze Horse - Larry Clark; 2001 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Nomination - Larry Clark "Bully" is based on the true story of a murder in South Florida, and it purports to be a raw and honest examination of the violent, hedonistic, amoral lives of America's youth, or at least a particularly decadent and photogenic cross-section of it. The film's director, Larry Clark, has visited this territory before, in the disquieting "Kids," which looks like mid-period Woody Allen compared to "Bully." The story is horrifying and, if it had been competently and sensitively told, might have made a powerful and important film. But Mr. Clark seems to have approached it without a thought in his head, as though declaring his solidarity with the empty minds of the characters. Some of his detractors have called Mr. Clark a pornographer, but this is an insult to honest smut-peddlers, who treat their subjects with more respect than he does. - A. O. Scott CLICK HERE

Brad Barron Renfro (July 25, 1982 – January 15, 2008) was an American actor. He made his film debut in 1994 at age 12 in the lead role of Joel Schumacher's The Client, going on to star in 21 feature films, several short films, and two television episodes during his career. Much of his later career was marred by a pattern of substance abuse. He died from a heroin overdose on January 15, 2008. Wikipedia

Bully is a 2001 independent American drama film, based on actual events, starring Brad Renfro, Bijou Phillips, Rachel Miner, Michael Pitt, Leo Fitzpatrick and Nick Stahl. The story concerns the plot to murder a mutual friend of several young adults in Southern Florida, in revenge for his continual abuse and psychological torture of others. The screenplay was written by David McKenna (under the pseudonym Zachary Long) and Roger Pullis, who adapted the book Bully: A True Story of High School Revenge by Jim Schutze, concerning the 1993 real-life murder of Bobby Kent. The film was directed by Larry Clark, whose other credits include Kids (1995) and Ken Park (2002). Wikipedia

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Bullying is an abusive treatment, the use of force or coercion to affect others, particularly when habitual and involving an imbalance of power. It may involve verbal harassment, physical assault or coercion and may be directed persistently towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability. The "imbalance of power" may be social power and/or physical power. The victim of bullying is sometimes referred to as a "targeted individual" (Wikipedia).