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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.


Paul Donovan


Brian Vallee (book), John Frizzell | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nancy Beatty Nancy Beatty ... Jane Hurshman
Stephen McHattie ... Billy Stafford
Deb Allen Deb Allen ... Mandy
Glenn Wadman Glenn Wadman ... Ronnie Wamboldt
Matthew Ferguson ... Allan Whynot
Joadi Newcomb Joadi Newcomb ... Dini Harrison
Nancy Marshall Nancy Marshall ... Bernice Wamboldt
Tony Quinn Tony Quinn ... Cpl. Lawson
Richard Donat ... Constable Snow
Joan Gregson ... Winnie Stafford
Joseph Rutten Joseph Rutten ... Lamont Stafford
Rick Edgett Rick Edgett ... Arthur Taylor
Hollis McLaren ... Mami Burleigh
Ted Dykstra ... Alan Ferrier
John Dunsworth ... Ray Fiske


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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Release Date:

7 November 1993 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Hölle einer Ehe See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Harrowing, but necessary viewing
12 February 2012 | by brooke53See 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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