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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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Hello,Its Grandma...No you cant VISIT ME HERE !!!
15 November 2007 | by guestar57See all my reviews

DYING FOR DOLLARS http://dyingfordollars.angelfire.com/ Starring: Guy D. Wells Produced by: Golden West Films Written & Directed by: Ray Etheridge. This is perhaps the BEST effort out of the ETHERIDGE film school/studio yet !

The character of BENNY is played well by Guy Wells ( Seen on Passions and General Hospital soaps),Guy is very talented and shows that this film company is trying to upgrade their actors and give them something wonderful for their resume. The story has twists and turns going from a drama to murder mystery in the blink of a TV remote,That happens to have contests.The two parental types are really morally-lacking characters that are well played for us.I missed the grandma almost as much as Benny did,Great sympathy factor. I hope others will get as much out of this film( Available at Amazon.com) as this reviewer did. Another inspiring song by Migdalia," Sweet Benny".

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