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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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  • 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:
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  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A2ZNK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,241 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bang, Bang You're Dead" on IMDb

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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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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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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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The title of this film derives from a play performed by High School students within the framework of the movie's unfolding storyline. The play is not only highly impactive in its own right but relates directly to particular major subjects that this film deals with: Bullying; Parental indifference and lack of support; Alienation by one's peers; Faculty and School Administrators turning a blind eye to what really goes on around them; the ridiculous continued elevation of athletics and jocks above all else in educational institutions whose main purpose should be to acquire knowledge, wisdom (hopefully), critical thinking, and a certain degree of social responsibility and maturity. An artificial hierarchy established in schools and the lack of mutual respect also adds to a negative environment. One individual, Trevor (played to the full by Ben Foster), is the primary focus of this film and, along with one of his teachers (played by Tom Cavanagh - "The Flash") comprise two key pivotal roles that lead to a most dramatic and important conclusion (no "Spoilers" here). Randy Harrison ("Queer as Folk"), Eric Johnson ("Smallville", "Flash Gordon"), and Janel Moloney each play a critical part as well. This movie dates from 2001 (2002 on the DVD) and I am sorry to report that things have only gotten worse in our schools during the past 14 years; and this applies to ALL levels of education, from Elementary school through College. Indeed, there may be a direct correlation between the decline in American student performance and education in general and what goes on in an academic and home environment these days.Read more ›
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