Kids is a 1995 film directed by Larry Clark. It was written by Harmony Korine at the age of 18 or 19. The film was made with a budget of 1.5 million dollars and later sold at the Sundance Film Festival to Miramax for 3.5 million dollars. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995 (May 17 - May 28) and began its theatrical run in the US on July 28, 1995.
Pictures relating to the film and its production can be found here.
Kids was shot over six weeks in the Summer of 1994.
Former US senator Bob Dole described the film as "a nightmare of depravity."
Mia Kirshner was originally cast as Jennie, a role that later went to Chloe Sevigny. Sevigny at one time was cast as one of the girls in the swimming pool scene.
Martin Scorsese was originally going to act as executive producer on Kids but production on Casino (1995) made this impossible.
Korine appears in Kids as the character Fidget, although the end credits attribute the role to "Avi Korine," Harmony's brother.
The film follows Korine's script very closely, with only one notable difference: the removal of a scene that visually represents a fictitious story told by Telly in which Casper, as a young child, mistakes his parents' S & M lovemaking for a real attack and stabs his leather-masked father to death with the family's turkey-carving knife.
Madonna came out in support of Kids, saying: "It's a great film. It should be seen by anyone practising unsafe sex."
Kids was originally bought by Miramax. When later submitted to the Motion Picture Association of America the film was given an NC-17 rating, which Larry Clark rejected (thus making the film unrated). Disney, which owns Miramax and distributes its productions, is prohibited from releasing unrated films as it is a member of the Motion Picture Authority of America. They backed out of Kids, with Miramax's co-chairmen Harvey and Bob Weinstein themselves deciding to buy Kids and form Shining Excalibur pictures, with the sole purpose of releasing the film.
Justin Pierce, who played Casper in the film, committed suicide on July 10, 2000.
Harold Hunter, who played Harold in the film, died of a heart attack on February 17, 2006.
Nominated for Golden Palm Award for Larry Clark at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995.
Winner of the Best Debut Performance award for Justin Pierce at the Independent Spirit Awards in 1996.
Nominated for Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards in 1996.
Nominated for Best First Screenplay for Harmony Korine at the Independent Spirit Awards in 1996.
Nominated for Best Supporting Female for Chloe Sevigny at the Independent Spirit Awards in 1996.
Kids was first released on R1 DVD in the US by Trimark on December 9, 1997. It was later released by Lions Gate on R1 DVD (US) on November 7, 2000. Lions Gate have also released the film on R1 DVD (US) as part of a double-feature with The Rules of Attraction (Roger Avary, 2002). This was released on February 13, 2007. Kids has been available on R2 DVD (UK) through Momentum Pictures since January 19, 2001.
Kids was released on laserdisc by Vidmark Entertainment on January 30, 1996.
The soundtrack to Kids was released on CD in the US by London / UMGD on July 25, 1995.
The screenplay for Kids was published in the US by Grove Press on September 12, 1995. The book features the complete screenplay as well as a selection of color stills from the film and behind-the-scenes pictures. The screenplay is available in full on the website here.