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An Angel Named Billy (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 1 November 2007 (USA)
Evicted from his home, a pleasant gay teen finds support and acceptance as a hired caregiver for a professional photographer's father after his latest stroke.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dustin Belt ...
Billy
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Mark
Hank Fields ...
James
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Guy
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Thomas
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Donna
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Nancy
Edgar Allan Poe IV ...
Steve Houston (Billy's Dad) (as Allen Poe)
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Zack (Billy's Brother)
Brent Battles ...
Todd (James' X Lover)
Shawn Richardson ...
Rick
Toni Malone ...
Tina
Robin Dionne ...
Rondell
Troy Coleman ...
J.T.
Franklyn Passmore III ...
Homeless Man (as Franklyn Passmore)
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Storyline

Meet Mark Anderson, a recent stroke victim who is frail and weak. Also, his best friend Thomas, a classic over-the-hill drag queen desperate for love and happiness. Mark and Thomas have a master plan, to find Mark's son, James Anderson, the love of his life once and for all. Meanwhile, Billy Houston, a young gay teenager who has just turned 18, gets his first country kiss from his best friend Rick and is immediately caught and thrown out of his house by his abusive father. With no place to turn, no cash and no contacts, Billy hitchhikes to the big city. Confused, lost and running scared, he soon finds a help wanted ad posted in a local city gay café by James. Billy interviews for the job and soon accepts the challenge as the role of caretaker on the spot. He quickly learns about full responsibility, independence, not to mention real life lessons about being gay. Billy unexpectedly finds himself in love with James and builds a bond with Mark that is unbreakable. "An Angel Named Billy" ... Written by Greg Osborne

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L'amour arrive toujours quand on s'y attend le moins. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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1 November 2007 (USA)  »

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Billy  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

First feature film for Matt Prokop, who portrays Zack. See more »

Quotes

Thomas: I touch a rose and it wilts; I touch a man, and it blossoms - at least that's the way it used to be. It's kind of nice to know I still have the magic - even with or without the wigs, the glitter or the lipstick.
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WGA Registration #98-5833 "BILLY" / "AN ANGEL NAMED BILLY" See more »

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I would have loved to have seen a real movie about this...
29 July 2014 | by (NYC/FL) – See all my reviews

I've rated more than 2000 films on IMDb and this film has earned its dubious place in my list of the 10 worst movies I've ever seen.

I'd like to start by saying that I love gay films and films with gay themes and it pains me to have to write a review like this one.

I think that the best films are literate, insightful and consistently entertaining. The story-line should be organic and draw the audience along through the plot points.

"An Angel Named Billy" misses on almost all these counts. The story doesn't move quickly. The encounters are only comedic unintentionally (in their ineptness). Several plot points were totally unrealistic. I learned nothing about human nature from anything any character in this film said and I was consistently irritated by how poorly the ideas were presented. On top of that the acting was, below even the standard I've found in off-off-Broadway productions.

I'm a nut for completeness and I've tried to watch every gay film that I come across. Yet, this is the first film that I gave up on before the opening credits were finished.

Today, resolving to give it another chance, I sat through it in its entirety hoping against hope that it would improve... or at least end.

Finally I rated it a 2 because it did have some characters and situations that I WOULD have cared about had they been in a better movie.

An afternote: What really irks me most about this film is that there were characters and situations here that could have made for one of my all time romantic favorites. Unfortunately that's all wasted by the inane script and inept film-making.

What irks me second most is that the only other review of this film on IMDb gives it 10 stars and that my first review was flagged & deleted. This one has been rewritten and I'd like to know what, if anything, was objectionable about my first review other than that I told the truth about a movie that I personally disliked.


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