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Billy is a teenage outcast in search of his life's true meaning. Day by day, he slaves away at the local burger joint, only to return home to a paraplegic father, whose own dreams of ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Billy Brunette
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lorrie Brunette
Natalie Garcia Fryman ...
James Gibler ...
Cody Hamilton ...
Young Billy
Sean Ridgway ...
Eddie Vincent


Billy is a teenage outcast in search of his life's true meaning. Day by day, he slaves away at the local burger joint, only to return home to a paraplegic father, whose own dreams of happiness have faded away in an alcoholic haze. Nonetheless, Billy tries to bond with his delusional father, but cannot break through the many layers of pain and regret that surround him. Frustrated, Billy longs to escape the dead-end existence that has engulfed his father, and now appears to be closing in on him as well. It's only within the confines of his small bedroom that Billy truly feels alive. Closing his eyes, he allows his vivid imagination to take over, sweeping him away from his bleak surroundings, and into a world of fantasy. In his dreams, Billy is no longer the misfit, but a brave warrior roaming freely. Along with his best friend Sarah, Billy travels blissfully through this imaginary world, only to awaken once again to the grim reality he struggles so hard to escape. In an attempt to ... Written by Anonymus

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For the sake of good there are those who will do bad.


Drama | Fantasy



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Dares to be different.
19 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I must say this is a brave film. In this cookie cutting climate of movie making this is a breath of fresh air. The film juggles a series of premises that seem to be strange bed fellows but ironically work. Rugged actor James Russo breaks mobster stereotype playing an troubled alcoholic cripple who searches for salvation in the bottom of a vodka bottle. His visceral performance will leave you both angered and sympathizing for his character. Shawn-Caulin Young plays his day-dreaming son who wants a way out of a life that's plagued by his father's guilt. Not to mention the bully and his goons that seem to follow him everywhere he goes. There's some really cool Samurai images that pop up throughout the film as Billy's imagination rescues him from his chaotic "real life". If you're looking for a fast pace action film this is not the one. But for you dialog junkies who enjoy a drama that grows, builds and twists you'll enjoy Dreams and Shadows.

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