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Charming Billy (1999)

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 »


William R. Pace (as Wm. R. Pace)


William R. Pace (story) (as Wm. R. Pace), Douglas Huebner (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Hayden Michael Hayden ... Jeremiah William 'Billy' Starkman
Sally Murphy ... Linda Starkman
Anthony Mockus Sr. Anthony Mockus Sr. ... Grandfather (as Tony Mockus)
Chelcie Ross ... Raymond Starkman
Bernadette O'Malley Bernadette O'Malley ... Mary Starkman
Adam Tanguay ... 10 Year Old Billy
Randall Huber ... 1st Driver / Sports Car Driver
Nancy Haggerty Nancy Haggerty ... Minnie (as Nancy J. Haggerty)
Mary Young Mary Young ... Woman Driver
Michael Sassone ... Arnelle
Ryan Kelley ... 10 Year Old Duane
Paul Skaggs Paul Skaggs ... Lucky Pickup Truck Driver
Oksana Fedunyszyn ... Laundry Lady
Cynthia Baker Cynthia Baker ... Laundry Manager
Prakash Silveri 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 <wmrpace@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | Thriller


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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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 »


References Ashes and Diamonds (1958) See more »

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controversial subject matter, well executed
19 March 2001 | by hamburgermanSee all my reviews

I saw this film at the Inaugural Durango Film Festival in March 2001. The controversial subject matter in CHARMING BILLY is well executed, no pun intended. Great acting from every performer. Nicely paced film. I hope to see more work from these filmmakers in the future.

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English | French

Release Date:

28 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Havana, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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