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“Bully” is a 2001 independent film directed by and written by Zachary Long and Roger Pullis. It is based on the real-life murder of Bobby Kent in 1993, and follows a group of teenagers who conspire to murder their abusive friend. The film stars , , , , , and .

The story of “Bully” centers around a group of disaffected and dysfunctional teenagers who decide to take matters into their own hands when one of their own, a violent and abusive bully named Bobby Kent, becomes too much to bear. The group, led by the troubled Marty Puccio (Renfro) and his girlfriend Lisa Connelly (Phillips), hatch a plan to murder Bobby and make it look like a random act of violence. What follows is a dark and disturbing journey into the minds of young people pushed to the brink by their circumstances.

“Bully” received mixed reviews upon its release, with some critics praising its raw and unflinching portrayal of teenage life, while others criticized it for its graphic content and seemingly nihilistic worldview. Despite the controversy, the film was a modest box office success, grossing over $2.3 million worldwide.

The film also received several award nominations, including a Grand Jury Prize nomination at the Sundance Film Festival and a Best Supporting Actress nomination for at the Independent Spirit Awards. It also won the Audience Award at the Deauville Film Festival.

Despite its mixed reception, “Bully” has gained a cult following over the years and is often cited as one of the most disturbing and provocative films of its time. Its unflinching look at teenage life and the dark side of human nature continues to resonate with audiences today.

Directed by
Produced by Don Murphy
Chris Hanley
Fernando Sulichin
Screenplay by Zachary Long
Roger Pullis
Based on Bully
by Jim Schutze
Starring , , , , , , ,
Music by Joe Poledouris
Jerome Dillon
Cinematography Steve Gainer
Edited by Andrew Hafitz
Production
companies
Blacklist Films
Gravity Entertainment
Muse Productions
FilmFour Distributors
StudioCanal
Distributed by Lions Gate Films
Release date June 15, 2001 (Method Fest) July 14, 2001 (United States) December 12, 2001 (France)
Running time 114 minutes
Countries United States France
Language English
Budget $2.1 million
Box office $1.4 million

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