|Bang Bang You're Dead|
|Directed by||Guy Ferland|
|Written by||William Mastrosimone|
|Based on||Bang Bang You're Dead|
by William Mastrosimone
|Produced by||Norman Stephens William Mastrosimone Deboragh Gabler|
|Edited by||Jill Savitt|
|Music by||Reinhold Heil|
Bang Bang You're Dead is a 2002 American drama thriller film directed by Guy Ferland and written by William Mastrosimone. It stars Tom Cavanagh, Ben Foster, Randy Harrison, and Janel Moloney. Based on Mastrosimone's 1999 play of the same name, the film is not a direct adaptation; it follows a troubled high school student played by Foster who participates in his school's production of the play while attempting to avoid going down the same path as the play's lead character.
16-year-old Trevor Adams (Ben Foster) attends an American high school where he is one of the outcasts harassed and humiliated by the school's jocks. He made a false threat to bomb the school a few months ago, narrowly escaping expulsion. Since then, Trevor has been trying to fit back in to normal high school life. He joined a theater group and has been chosen to star in a school play about school shootings called Bang Bang You're Dead as the main character, Josh. After parents and the community hear of the play and its lead actor, they call for it to be canceled.
But Trevor's theater activity, alone, is not sufficient to let off the steam of his boiling resentment. Using his video camera, he has been documenting bullying at school, creating a "diary of violence".
Trevor and his friends Sean, Mark and Kurt, make plans to storm the school with guns and kill as many of the hated athletes as possible. Trevor meets Jenny, also 16, who stays by him and stands up for him. Through her, Trevor begins to doubt whether the act he plans is right.
In the end, he is the only one to realize that bloodshed only fuels more violence and hatred, and evacuates the school with his art teacher, Mr. Duncan (Tom Cavanagh). At the last minute, Trevor prevents bloodshed by overwhelming Kurt, Sean and Mark.
The film ends with the play premiering successfully, despite the initial protests of the students' parents.
- Tom Cavanagh as Mr. Val Duncan
- Ben Foster as Trevor Adams
- Randy Harrison as Sean
- Janel Moloney as Ellie Milford
- Jane McGregor as Jenny Dahlquist
- David Paetkau as Brad Larkin
- Garry Chalk as Chief Bud McGee
- Eric Johnson as Mark Kentworth
- Kristian Ayre as Kurt
- Brent Glenen as Zach
- Gillian Barber as Principal Meyer
- Eric Keenleyside as Bob Adams
- Glynis Davies as Karen Adams
- Fred Henderson as Dan Dahlquist
- P. Lynn Johnson as Tanya Dahlquist
- Richard de Klerk as Jessie
- Steven Grayhm as Michael
- Mark Holden as Officer Willow
The song "Runaway Train" by post-grunge band Oleander was featured in the film. A music video for the song was then shot and incorporated footage from the movie. On November 19, 2002 the band released their Runaway Train EP. The film was released on DVD on January 27, 2004 without any special features.
|2002||Nantucket Film Festival
|Best Feature||Guy Ferland
|2003||Peabody Award||Area of Excellence||Showtime Networks Inc., in association with Viacom Productions Inc., and A Jersey Guys Production|
|Directors Guild of America Award||Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs||Guy Ferland|
|Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Children's Special||William Mastrosimone|
|Outstanding Directing in a Children's Special||Guy Ferland|
|Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special||Ben Foster|
|Outstanding Writing in a Children's Special||William Mastrosimone|
|Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special||Tom Cavanagh||Nominated|
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