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Life with Billy (1993)

A Nova Scotian woman falls into a violently abusive relationship with a disgusting man, finally taking drastic measures to get rid of him forever.

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Nancy Beatty ...
Jane Hurshman
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Billy Stafford
Deb Allen ...
Mandy
Glenn Wadman ...
Ronnie Wamboldt
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Allan Whynot
Joadi Newcomb ...
Dini Harrison
Nancy Marshall ...
Bernice Wamboldt
Tony Quinn ...
Cpl. Lawson
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Constable Snow
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Winnie Stafford
Joseph Rutten ...
Lamont Stafford
Rick Edgett ...
Arthur Taylor
Hollis McLaren ...
Mami Burleigh
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Alan Ferrier
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Ray Fiske

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A Nova Scotian woman falls into a violently abusive relationship with a disgusting man, finally taking drastic measures to get rid of him forever.

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Harrowing, but necessary viewing
12 February 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I read the book, "Life with Billy" about a year before I actually met Jane Hurschman in a support group for abused women. This was about six months before she died, supposedly of suicide. Needless to say, this made watching the movie on TV a very personal experience.

The made-for-TV movie is so disturbing, it is at times almost unbearable. One is haunted by it afterwards. However, it pales in comparison to the book, which is very graphic in its descriptions of the barbaric things that were done to this woman.

The movie is well cast. Stephen McHattie portrays a monster all too well and Nancy Beatty's performance as the meek, subservient victim turned survivor, is heartbreaking.

This is definitely a movie that should be required viewing, whether you are interested in the topic of domestic violence or not.


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