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Dying for Dollars (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama | Video 19 October 2007
The story of Benny, a mentally challenged young man who is caught in the middle of a dysfunctional family and their quest for money.


Ray Etheridge


Ray Etheridge




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Carter Bill Carter ... Dave Larson
Elaine Hoffman Elaine Hoffman ... Betty Larson
Michael Rayburn Michael Rayburn ... Scotty Larson
Guy D. Wells ... Benny
Edward Kassar Edward Kassar ... Vinny Valpini
Bob Gray Bob Gray ... William Taggert
Gloria Barto Gloria Barto ... Grandma (as Gloria John Barto)
Pam Mankowski Pam Mankowski ... Mrs. Valpini
Eric Young Eric Young ... Radio DJ
Ryan Paul Ryan Paul ... TV Host
Chase Jazzborne Chase Jazzborne ... Officer Bateman
Jerry Hurst Jerry Hurst ... Repo Man #1
Lane Riser Lane Riser ... Repo Man #2
Joe Hennessy Joe Hennessy ... Party Guest
Jessica King Jessica King ... Party Guest


Scotty likes to bet on horses, and like most gamblers...he loses. When Scotty loses, Vinnie, his bookie, wins. Scotty loses one race too many, and his gambling debts soar out-of-control. Vinnie wants to make sure that he gets paid, so he kidnaps Scotty's cousin, Benny, and holds him for ransom in an underground cell. Before Scotty's debt is paid, Vinnie is found dead. But where's Benny? Only Vinnie knows Benny's secret hiding place...and Vinnie's dead! Meanwhile, Benny's grandma dies, and greedy relatives have gathered for the reading of her will. If Benny is not found...alive...nobody gets a dime. Benny must be found! Written by Charles McDonald

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"Murder?...or just wishful thinking?"




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Release Date:

19 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Palm Bay, Florida, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Golden West Films See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Alternate Versions

Dying for Dollars was also edited into a short film festival version called "Voice From The Grave". This short version may be found in a feature film compilation called "Bigfoot and Other Adventures". See more »


Lyrics by Migdalia Etheridge (as Migdalia S. Etheridge)
Music by Phil Brownbill
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What the hell was that?

"Dying for Dollars" is one of those ultra-low budget movies that are exceedingly flawed, but represent a bigger picture of the independent film sector of the industry, thus encouraging a vote of confidence in the 'good effort' department. This is not a very good movie, but it's so sporadically interesting and occasionally weird that the budgetary restraints noticeably did not keep the filmmakers from making something marginally watchable. Basically the story follows a family full of gamblers as they lose big and hope grandma dies soon so they can cash in. Or something like that, but there is some less focused plot line about the special needs adult cousin that insults the intelligence of all involved. Is this a dark comedy? It's not quite clear, because the tone is all over the map, and the over the top nature of the piece may or may not relate to the amateurish performances. The main filmmaker who handled the writing, directing, and camera duties has a surprisingly full resume here on IMDb, given the mostly freshman textbook shot list they must have working from and the aforementioned out of control acting. This is one of those festival circuit flicks that will never get much of an audience, and kind of doesn't deserve one, but it is a reminder that there are plenty of alternatives to the Cineplex good, bad, and the uncertain space in between that "Dying for Dollars" occupies.

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