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Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid (1977)

Unrated | | Drama | TV Movie 12 September 1977
A young ghetto kid despairs of ever getting out of that environment and making something of himself, until one day he gets a job as an assistant in a veterinarian's office, and working with... See full summary »

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Billy Peoples
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Dr. Fredericks
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George
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Luis
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Roseanne
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Justin
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Dr. Silver
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Miss Beverly
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Mrs. Bedford
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A young ghetto kid despairs of ever getting out of that environment and making something of himself, until one day he gets a job as an assistant in a veterinarian's office, and working with all the animals begins to affect his outlook on life. Written by Anonymous

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When you have so much potential, how do you compete with the people who already have it all?

Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid is the kind of movie that stays with you for a long time. It's a look at the life of a young man living in the ghettos of a large city but he wants desperately to be a veterinarian and make a good life for himself. As he tries his best at his job, he finds himself despising his street life and how people from the suburbs have more of a chance than he does, but when his beloved girlfriend Roseanne dies during a botched abortion and he tries to kill himself with a hypodermic needle, only the psychiatrist he's been forced to speak to can help him.

This movie is slightly outdated, but it carries a powerful message about a brave person who is finally able to make his dreams come true. It had excellent actors, especially for a low-budget movie. LeVar Burton, Michael Constantine and Chick Vennera are especially good at their roles. The 1970's jazz/disco type soundtrack was really catchy and cool to listen to during the whole film as well. If you're looking for a movie that you'll remember forever about one person's struggle to achieve his dream career, look no further. This movie is amazing and really deserves a better rep.


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