Bang Bang You're Dead

October 13th, 2002


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Trevor is a troubled high school student, thanks to the effects of bullying. This is the story of his fight to break free.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 7.9/10 (7,158 voted)

Director: Guy Ferland

Stars: Tom Cavanagh, Ben Foster, Randy Harrison

For the most part it's a tale of an adolescent, Trevor, who gets picked on a lot at school. Not as much as he used to, because the year before he called in a phony bomb threat, complete with a working bomb (minus anything that would actually explode). Because of this, parents and teachers are afraid of him, and his fellow students generally avoid him, except for a group of outcasts called the "Trogs". As violence by the Jocks against the Trogs escalates, Trevor is the suspect for anything gone wrong, even though he didn't necessarily do anything. One teacher is willing to give Trevor the benefit of the doubt, and casts him in a highly controversial play about (what else?) school shootings. It all comes to a head as some other students create a plan to bring guns to school and kill everyone in the cafeteria.

Tom Cavanagh - Val Duncan
Ben Foster - Trevor Adams
Randy Harrison - Sean
Janel Moloney - Ellie Milford
Jane McGregor - Jenny Dahlquist
David Paetkau - Brad Lynch
Eric Johnson - Mark Kenworth
Kristian Ayre - Kurt
Brent Glenen - Zach
Gillian Barber - Principal Meyer
Eric Keenleyside - Bob Adams
Glynis Davies - Karen Adams
Ryan Mcdonald - Vanderhoff
Chad Faust - Alex Lumberman
Andrew Sabiston - Mr. Olson


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Release Date: 13 October 2002

Filming Locations: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Angry Parent: What about this 'Bang, Bang, I'm Gonna Kill You'?
Val: 'Bang, Bang, You're Dead.'
Angry Parent: Seems there's no control here. Why is a play like that being done?
Val: Because we couldn't get the rights to 'Hello, Dolly!'

User Review

Wonderfully compelling

Rating: 8/10

I just saw this movie at the Seattle International Film Festival. This wonderful film honestly explores the factors that lead teenagers to become violent. Seeing the experience of high school culture through Trevor's eyes really makes you understand what could bring a teenager to kill his/her classmates. This film vividly portrays how high school culture has gotten out of hand during the past 20 years, and also shows how complex the problem is. The blame is never placed entirely on one party (i.e. the parent, school administrators, fellow classmates). Instead, the film remains honest to subject matter, and does not provide any easy answers or solutions.

Is this movie unsettling? Yes. Brilliantly executed? Yes. Exploitative and simplistic? No. This is a film that should be seen in every high school classroom, every faculty meeting, and every home.

On a side note, the acting was fantastic by everyone involved. Most notable was Ben Foster, who portrays Trevor with both brutal honesty and heartfelt compassion. He is one to keep on eye on in the future.