Bang Bang Youre Dead

Theatrical Release: October 13, 2002
Bang Bang Youre Dead


Trevor Adams is a bright, articulate high school student who is perceived as an outsider by almost everyone, including most of his fellow students and the adults in his life. The fact that he made a bomb threat against the school football team the previous year further alienates him as a student “at risk” for further violence.

Val Duncan, the drama teacher, recognizes Trevor’s potential for creativity as well as violence. He offers him the lead role in a controversial new play, “Bang Bang You’re Dead,” the story of a teenager who loses his way in life and resorts to murder. Reluctant to expose himself to more mockery, Trevor is about to decline until Jenny, an attractive new girl in school, agrees to play the female lead.

When parents learn of Val’s plan to stage the play, which they wrongly misinterpret it as glorifying violence, and with Trevor in the lead role, Val is forced to move the school production off school grounds.

In the meantime, Val assigns his students to each make a video about the real-life drama in their own lives. Trevor completes the assignment, which results in a dark and disturbing film filled with images of real guns being fired by masked actors and the implied shooting of a member of the football team.

Dove Review

This is a remarkably powerful, moving, and thought-provoking film. The Showtime network provides detailed, content-based advisories that allow viewers to make informed decisions about watching movies. The TV rating for this film is TV-PG, with advisories for mild violence and adult language, as well as a special advisory of strong themes.

Considering the many recent incidents of violence in our schools, this is a very timely story. More than 100,000 copies of the play have been downloaded and produced in schools, churches and community centers, the content obviously being recognized as worthy of being shown to many people, especially students and parents.

Some people might not appreciate the content of this film, and object to the violence, but it’s message is very important to everyone, and the film deserves to be shown.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: Crude Language: Once (1) time; Profanity: Once Exclamatory.
Violence: Student makes violent video; students bully other students; pushing; shooting guns; plans are made to murder students; bomb is made and blown up; firecrackers set off in school cafeteria to mimic gunfire.
Drugs: Some drinking.
Nudity: None
Other: The whole premise of the film is to look at why kids are acting out in violent ways today. So the subject matter is intense, but is certainly one that teenagers and parents should discuss.


Company: Showtime Networks, Inc.
Director: Guy Ferland
Producer: Norman Stephens
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 93 min.
Starring: Ben Foster, Tom Cavanagh, Jane McGregor, Randy Harrison and Janel Moloney
Reviewer: carol verbrugge