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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

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

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 <wmrpace@aol.com>

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$250,000 (estimated)
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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

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 »

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References Ashes and Diamonds (1958) See more »

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Powerful Independent Film
5 August 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This independent, art-house film saw limited release in 1999-2000, but is not to be missed. It contains a powerful mix of tension, pathos, and social despair, as the lead character, Billy - a good person with too much stress from too many everyday problems, slowly succumbs to the difficulties of life. While not an easy film to watch, which is certainly why it missed the big theatres, it is an excellent film that achieves all it strives for, and is recommended to all fans of the independent genre. Let's see more films from these filmmakers.


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