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Charming Billy (1999)

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Billy Starkman is a seemingly ordinary man living in a small Midwestern town who one day wakes up, murders his family, climbs a rural water tower with a high-powered hunting rifle and ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Hayden ...
Jeremiah William 'Billy' Starkman
Linda Starkman
Anthony Mockus Sr. ...
Grandfather (as Tony Mockus)
Raymond Starkman
Bernadette O'Malley ...
Mary Starkman
10 Year Old Billy
1st Driver / Sports Car Driver
Nancy Haggerty ...
Minnie (as Nancy J. Haggerty)
Mary Young ...
Woman Driver
10 Year Old Duane
Paul Skaggs ...
Lucky Pickup Truck Driver
Oksana Fedunyszyn ...
Laundry Lady
Cynthia Baker ...
Laundry Manager
Prakash Silveri ...
Laundry Worker #1


Billy Starkman is a seemingly ordinary man living in a small Midwestern town who one day wakes up, murders his family, climbs a rural water tower with a high-powered hunting rifle and begins shooting innocent people. Threading the terribly tragic with the maddeningly mundane, Charming Billy attempts to imagine what could possibly lead a man to commit the unimaginable. Written by Wm. R. Pace <>

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Drama | Thriller






Release Date:

28 October 1999 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


About 48 minutes into the movie, Billy and his grandfather are watching home movies. When we see the movie projector from far away, the front reel is very small and the back reel is big. In close-ups of the projector, both reels are the same size. See more »


Ray Starkman: Shoulda figured you for a breast man; never did think we'd get you offa your mothers.
Billy Starkman: Maybe that's the problem, there's too many opportunities. Opportunities for advancement, opportunities for growth...opportunities for opportunities missed.
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Final credit after the copyright notice is a quote from novelist Harry Crews: What I know is that all over the surface of the earth where humankind exists men and women are resisting climbing the Tower. All of us have a Tower to climb. Some are worse than others, but to deny that you have your Tower to climb and that you must resist it or succomb to the tempation to do it, to deny that is done at the peril of your heart and mind. See more »


References Ashes and Diamonds (1958) See more »

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12 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Billy is charming, easy going, and scary. You don't see that right away, but from the very beginning you sense something about him, you just don't know what it is. The whole movie is a tribute to the talents of writer/director, Mr. William Pace.

It's not often someone puts together a movie that is pitched like a Stradivarius and played like a Wagnerian symphony. You're hooked from the beginning and while throughout the film you're given a breather at just the right places, you don't fully relax until the ending.

It's a wonder to me why this film wasn't picked up by a studio, but I firmly believe they missed out. You'll have to buy the video but it's well worth the cost.

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