Bang Bang You're Dead (2002)


Bang Bang You're Dead (2002)

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.
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Director Guy Ferland
Writer William Mastrosimone
Release Date2008-01-21
Runtime1h 33min
GenreCrime, Drama, Thriller
Content RatingR (R)
Awards7 wins & 1 nomination.
CompanyShowtime Networks, Viacom Productions, Jersey Guys Productions
CountryUSA, Canada

Bang Bang You're Dead (film)

Bang Bang You're Dead is a 2002 American crime thriller drama film starring Tom Cavanagh and Ben Foster. It is based on the 1999 play of the same name by William Mastrosimone. The film was first screened publicly at the Seattle International Film Festival in June 2002.


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.


2002Nantucket Film Festival
Audience Award
Best FeatureGuy Ferland
William Mastrosimone
2003Peabody AwardArea of ExcellenceShowtime Networks Inc., in association with Viacom Productions Inc., and A Jersey Guys Production
Directors Guild of America AwardOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's ProgramsGuy Ferland
Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Children's SpecialWilliam Mastrosimone
Norman Stephens
Paul Hellerman
Deboragh Gabler
Outstanding Directing in a Children's SpecialGuy Ferland
Outstanding Performer in a Children's SpecialBen Foster
Outstanding Writing in a Children's SpecialWilliam Mastrosimone
Outstanding Performer in a Children's SpecialTom CavanaghNominated