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Bully [DVD] [2002]

Brad Renfro , Nick Stahl , Larry Clark    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Brad Renfro, Nick Stahl, Bijou Phillips, Rachel Miner, Michael Pitt
  • Directors: Larry Clark
  • Writers: David McKenna, Jim Schutze, Roger Pullis
  • Producers: Brad Renfro, Arnaud Duteil, Chris Hanley, Clark McCutchen
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Vci
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006G9W1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,517 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Based on real events, Larry Clark's film tells the story of a group of Florida teenagers who murder one of their number and dump his body in the Everglades. Marty (Brad Renfro) and Bobby (Nick Stahl) have been been hanging around together since they were young kids, with Bobby continually bullying and victimising Marty, both physically and mentally. Things begin to change when Marty starts seeing Lisa (Rachel Miner); she encourages him to break with Bobby and says that she will help him out. When Bobby then rapes both Lisa and her friend Ali (Bijou Phillips), they decide that the only way they can be free of Bobby is to kill him.


Bully, the third feature film from photographer-turned-director Larry Clark, follows the pattern laid down by his debut movie Kids: deploring the amoral fecklessness of today's American teens while lingering (some might say gloating) over their naked bodies--or at least, the naked bodies of the better-looking ones. The plot's based on a real-life murder case that took place in Florida in 1994. High school teenagers Bobby Kent and Marty Puccio have been best friends from infancy--or so Bobby insists. But their friendship consists of Bobby bullying and humiliating Marty. Marty's new girlfriend Lisa decides this has to stop--especially after Bobby rapes her and her friend Lisa. Bobby, she announces, must be killed. She ropes in a few friends to help--none of them over-endowed with brains or savvy--and recruits a supposed "Mafia hitman" who's scarcely any older or brighter than the rest of them.

Though there's an air of moral condemnation hanging over the film, Clark avoids any obvious "society's to blame" angles. His killers are from middle-class homes, not noticeably deprived, and their parents (one of them played by Clark himself) are well-meaning if helplessly unaware of what their kids are up to. Maybe the rap music on the soundtrack--such as the Ghetto Inmates' "Thug Ass Bitch"--gives some clue, but essentially Clark seems to be suggesting that these kids are morally bankrupt because that's just how they are these days. Bully is well shot and well acted, and there's a dark humour to be savoured--especially in the farcically inept murder scene--but in the long run it's a dispiriting experience. –-Philip Kemp

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable Viewing 30 July 2009
Larry Clark has made another film that continues his apparent obsession with the disassociated youth of America. Young, angry, directionless people having sex, taking drugs and committing vicseral acts of violence.

It is hard, painful and unbelievable to watch. But equally compelling. Being from a rural, middle class background this world these kids live in seems totally made up compared to my youth, but what made this so engaging was the knowledge that this based on a true event.

If you are a fan of Larry Clark films this will be a welcome addition to your dvd collection. But if you are just starting out with Larry Clarks movies I recommend you begin with KIDS.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sand crabs. 24 Aug 2008
i saw this film on e4 a few years ago: it was early morning and I was doing a nightshift with an older woman who had kids. The experience didn't shock her, nor me, and served only to grip us both.

What else can be said about this film?

It's a product of a man who came from a photography background, it can be expected that he'd have a tendency to let his camera linger over beautifully broken subjects.

The 'homoeroticism' within this film seemed to only serve as a device to show the perversion of the character, because while homosexuality is not perverse, the characters reaction showed just how he felt about the action being viewed. The scene in which the two leads are in the gay dance club shows just how the Bobby forces a life onto Marty: how his overall power over Marty not only pushes him into the scene, but to dance and perform phone-sex with older men. While it isn't mentioned again, we see that it is Bobby that does the bargaining.

I didn't believe this was unrealistic as a murder story, granted it could've been more subtle, but then it wouldn't have gripped me so.
I loved this film for it's graphic nature, for everything it oozed. there seems to be a worrying trend of dislike towards films that are overt in these types of graphic nature, whether it be sex or drugs: I can't see why this has to be so, for me you can over do it, push the boundaries of what's deemed tasteful and not lose any of the artfulness.

The performances in this were excellent, some of the action or actions may've seemed too obvious and laid on thick, but when this is up against more subtle pieces of action it becomes clear that it was purposeful for a quick glance of a characters persona.

That said, all performances were dull in comparison to Michael Pitt and Brad Renfro. Both actors just oozed an excellent performance..

Watch it, alone preferably.
You might feel a little embarrassed if you're with friends.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex and violence 4 Sep 2002
By A Smith
This was a little known film, only released in selected cinemas, based on a True story about several Florida teenagers who plot to murder a violent Bully.
The film involves many sexual scenes, including a rape, which have been labelled, by many, as gratuitous. The purpose of these scenes is to depict a level of realism (I am sure their critics can not deny that teenage sex takes place) and is not glamorized in any way (It was noted in certain review that the actors bodies have bruises and cuts), and the consequences, such as unwanted pregnancies are also explored. However Bully is considerably more graphic than 'Kids' (Larry Clark's controversial 1995 picture)
The camera work is excellent (except for one nauseating scene where the camera is constantly spinning) and an atmosphere is maintained throughout the entire film.
These little known actors (at the time of filming) perform exceptionally well and I am sure they will go on to greater things. The Bully (Nick Stahl) will be staring in a major roll (John Connor) in Terminator 3.
This film must be watched without prejudice to enjoy it to its full extent. If you object to strong language or sex in movies then I do not recommend this movie, but to the rest of us it is a very powerful drama. This film stuck in my memory for days after watching it.
If you enjoyed this film you may also enjoy 'Kids' (Larry Clark) or 'Requiem for a dream' (Darren Aronofsky)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bully 5 Feb 2012
By Sam P
Bully is a film that grabbed my attention right from the beginning. It's an early film for the likes of Michael Pitt, Nick Stahl and the sadly deceased Brad Renfro. It's an excellent account of a true story and the strength of the film is that it doesn't take sides or force the viewer to either. I found myself able to sympathise and empathise with all of the characters at one time or another. Brad Renfro in particular was excellent in this and Nick Stahl did a great job of evoking sympathy for what was a largely unlikeable character for most of the film. The murder that takes place is actually pretty hard to watch too and has a very strong sense of realism about it. There's nothing glamorised in this film and it's all the better for it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sensational, not sensationalist! 28 Sep 2003
By A Customer
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If you've decided to check out this film for its supposedly gratuitous scenes of sex and violence... Well, there are sex scenes (a couple in quick succession at the very beginning) and there is some violence. But are the sex scenes a turn-on? Are the violent scenes the typically comic (some might say "cartoon") violence we've come to expect from Hollywood? Well, to the 1st question I would have to say, "Er... One was, in parts...!" and to the 2nd, "Nope. Absolutely not." The sex scenes are as arbitrary as the relationships & lives of the characters, the violence isn't savoured, it's in your face then gone. This film isn't an easy ride, it doesn't conform & it won't let you enjoy it without making you think about it. I was genuinely moved by the performances, particularly Brad Renfro as the Bully's victim. Not a "popcorn & buddies" kind of film, but one I recommend watching more than once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good dvd from this period
Published 1 month ago by Northern Viking
4.0 out of 5 stars Hip Hop Truth story
Yeah this actually went on..Lots of nudity and drugs and 18 cert. and so on..but a very tense film, for when they commited the murder! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tony Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Larry Clark does it again
Better than "Kids" by Larry Clark, this seems to have more of a storyline you can follow and try to predict (even though you are proven wrong everytime seemingly, so many... Read more
Published 14 months ago by EK
1.0 out of 5 stars Mindless sex, violence and bad language
From the first minute its clear the film depends on constant bad sexual language and mindless violence to get attention. Read more
Published 14 months ago by A. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Easily one of my favourite films. A cast of true urge and desire . Unrealistic plot with amazing actors. Thanks
Published 14 months ago by Ryan Mal
4.0 out of 5 stars very good film
I had seen some of this movie on tv and decided to buy the movie so I could watch it from start to finish. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. R. J. Mclaren
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed
Having seen this film several times, I felt I just had to buy it. It is one of the best films out there covering bullying, sex and drugs. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jasann
5.0 out of 5 stars a very scary , thought provoking film
I think this is one of the most disturbing films ever made. Its not a hack and slash horror fil , just a view of america gone bad and the fact its a true story is all the more... Read more
Published 17 months ago by sludge
5.0 out of 5 stars A disturbing yet warm film with likable characters.
The film starts with lots of nudity and violence as we get introduced to the main characters of the film. Read more
Published 19 months ago by bees8932
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better...
The story line to this wasn't great, i would of prefered more background and build up of the bully character to portray him as pure evil, I don't think he done enough to warrant... Read more
Published 20 months ago by rach
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