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Bang Bang You're Dead (2002)

Tom Cavanagh , Ben Foster , Guy Ferland  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Cavanagh, Ben Foster, Randy Harrison, Janel Moloney, Jane McGregor
  • Directors: Guy Ferland
  • Writers: William Mastrosimone
  • Producers: Deboragh Gabler, Norman Stephens, Paul Hellerman, Suzanne Lauer, William Mastrosimone
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A2ZNK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,463 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bang Bang You're Dead" on IMDb

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A probing and topical story of a teenager prone to violence and the people who help him. Stars Tom Cavanagh, Ben Foster and Janet Moloney.

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"Kids can be the most ruthless people. Supernaturally cruel."

The words of once model student Trevor Adams reflect his experiences at Riverdale High. He was the victim of such traumatizing bullying that it drove him to threaten to blow up the school football team. But his salvation comes in the form of drama teacher Mr. Duncan (Tom Cavanagh, TV's "Ed"). He offers Trevor the lead role in the school play alongside his gorgeous co-star Jenny Dahlquist. Both teacher and would-be girlfriend try to help him stay on the straight and narrow. But the play is in jeopardy: its dark plot about playground killers combined with Trevor's troubled past prompts local parents to try and get the play axed. If they succeed, Trevor may never have his voice heard--and that could be the trigger that sets off a human time bomb. Also starring Emmy Award nominee Janel Moloney (TV's "The West Wing.") END

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clap...or Cry ? November 4, 2004
At my new High school (Wasson) in Colorado Springs, we just watched Bang Bang, Your Dead in health class. Wasson has played this movie to everyone that has gone there for years. Anyways, when the movie was over, I didn't know whether to clap, or to cry. When it was over, everyone just stared in awe. I don't know if I'm crazy if I say its the best movie I've every seen. It has exactly everything to do with high school years and real life. I wanted to cry at the end because I knew a lot of kids in my school are suffering from the same topic shared in this movie. I recommened this movie is shown to EVERY sudent entering highschool. I know for sure I will buy this movie and show it to my friends. It has changed my life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WOW! You must see this remarkable film! April 7, 2008
I was perusing through various reviews, and saw all this christian, God/Satan nonsense, so I don't know where all that rubbish is coming from, but wow, oh wow, oh wow, this was such a rush, wickedly paced, edge of your seat with your mouth on the floor, brilliantly acted, well orchestrated ensemble cast, and stellar directing. Loosely based on the stage play by William Mastrosimone, this holds it's own in a genre not entirely saturated, but where this kind of film exist on various levels. Gus Van Sant's 'Elephant' is too artsy-fartsy, and 'Zero Day', while superb, was too realistic as it's entirely shot on camcorders. Bang, Bang, Your Dead, combines all of the movies about high school dilemmas and shootings, which hit so close to home, it's terrifying.

Ben Foster (30 Days of Night, 3:10 to Yuma, Alpha Dog) plays Trevor Adams, readjusting to the first day of school after having to attend summer school because of a bomb threat the previous year. All, teachers and students alike, are suspicious of his return. Randy Harrison (Queer as Folk) plays a cunning, dark role as the leader of the outcast anarchist aptly named 'The Trogs,' and Tom Cavanagh plays the role perfect as his video/drama school teacher who believes in Trevor and sees something others would by ignorance, never see.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie speaks to anyone of any age... January 12, 2005
I first saw this movie in Oct. 2002 when it premiered on Showtime with my neices. I want to start by stating that I am 47 years old and couldn't believe how much impact this movie had on all of us! I think it hit so hard (yes, I know it's been a million years since I was in high school) because so little has changed; just the outcome of school shootings has been added--unfortunately, in real life. It was like re-living my own high school days again. The characters are so real there is someone that any viewer can identify with which pulls you in to the story.

It is sort of a play within a movie as the movie tells the story of a student playing the lead character in his school's making of a (real) play called "Bang, Bang, You're Dead" (which can be legally downloaded for free at [...] as the author makes it available to anyone who would like it). He, the student, himself is a student on the edge and the movie shows how he got there.

The incidents are all things that really happen now (and even happened when I was in high school which is why it was so interesting to watch). As of the date of this review (1-12-05) Showtime is playing a shortened version of the movie. The original had a panel discussion and PSA after, which is also worth seeing.

Just for the few things they cut out of the original broadcast now that they are showing it as just another "Showtime Original Movie", that alone makes the DVD worth purchasing from Amazon.

So buy it from Amazon and be prepared to think after you watch it. Finally, I recommend that you watch it a couple times as there are things you will pick up after watching it again. Then, invite others to watch it. I recieved it as a gift from an old friend and have shown it to 4 other people. All have come back here to Amazon and purchased copies of their own. 4 out of 4 are pretty unusual odds but it's just that good.
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I had never heard of this movie, or the play, until yesterday when I happened to be channel surfing. I stopped, and I watched it. I am so glad I did. I'm going to be a junior in high school next year, and about five or six years back my school had an anthrax threat. Which was scary... we also had a lot of people with "hit lists" that were caught after that. Sometimes I can feel the tension within my school... there are people when I see the way they act that I just think they would be the ones to fly off the handle one day. Columbine made me sad beyond words; I was younger when that happened, and as I get older it just pains me more and more to think of the violence going on in schools. When I was in elementary school I was picked on and teased, although not to the extent that Trevor (Ben Foster's character) was picked on. My school isn't that big and they always had a strict non-violence code. It would be so easy for someone to plan a shooting at my school, and that is why next year I am going to not only show this DVD to the board of education and tell them to show the students, but also talk to the drama club president and see if we could put on the play "Bang Bang You're Dead." This movie moved myself and all of my friends to tears - being in high school, we can directly relate and feel empathy toward the characters in this movie. This movie shocked my parents and opened their eyes to what really goes on in high school - now, instead of saying, "Ignore them," when I tell them about somebody bothering me, they actually care and talk about it. There is some real violence and pain in schools today, and I think that if this was a required viewing, many of those students would feel different about what they fantasize about doing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Movie
I originally watched this movie years ago (maybe on Lifetime or the like) and loved it then. I have hunted for this movie for a long time when I came across it here on Amazon. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang Bang Your Dead
Excellent movie to teach anti-bullying! My students became more aware of the effect teasing and bullying has on the victim.
Published 18 months ago by Teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars intense movie
Intense movie about what bullying can do to a kid. It's amazing the blind eye to the major bullying that happens while they spend too much time worrying about the stupid things.
Published 19 months ago by a13bubba
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! - [...] - @tss5078
Bang Bang You're Dead is a film based on the high school production by the same name and it is easily one of the most powerful and life-changing movies I've ever seen. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Todd Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this!
It really touched me. I connected with the lead character so much and his struggle to deal with other people. I was really moved by this whole movie and it made me cry.
Published 20 months ago by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars I Remember...
BANG BANG YOU'RE DEAD is a cautionary tale / wake-up call for bullies, their targets, and the seemingly oblivious adults who orbit them. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
3.0 out of 5 stars High School
I vaguely remember watching this movie in High School, I thought I liked it, so I searched for it on Amazon, found it, don't like it so much now. But.....what can I say?
Published 21 months ago by Jazmyne Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Bullying!
Watched this years ago and it remained burned in my mind since....The best film I have ever seen on the REAL cost of
bullying... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Enid Folger
5.0 out of 5 stars Every high school student should see this movie.
Excellent movie depicting the effects of bullying within the entire school community. Compelling characters showing what can be perceived by teachers, parents, and other students... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Kelly L. Luce
5.0 out of 5 stars close to home
High school a place of prison walls and invisible bars. A place of the walking dead,the outcast the ghost. Read more
Published on September 7, 2012 by Joshua Craig
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