The story of a mentally challenged teenager who interacts with supernatural beings he calls "Watchers".

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Mark Freiburger

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Mark Freiburger (screenplay), Gary Wheeler (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Ted Levine ... James Lee Mitchell
Patrick Fabian ... Lee Mitchell
Kelly Carlson ... Ellen Mitchell
Bob Gunton ... Sheriff Brinson
Gregory Alan Williams ... Coach Sellers (as Greg Alan Williams)
Ian Colletti ... Jimmy Mitchell
Jackson Pace ... Max Cochran
Burgess Jenkins ... Jake Garner
Stelio Savante ... Mr. Laney
R. Keith Harris ... Brother Fitzgerald
Chuck Carrington ... Deputy Askew
Logan Donovan ... Brian (as Logan Fahey)
Scott Thomas ... Detective Milligan (as Scott Miles)
Danny Vinson ... Alfred Walker
Gary Wheeler ... Coach Bolton
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The story of a mentally challenged teenager who interacts with supernatural beings he calls "Watchers".

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Drama | Family | Fantasy

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Clocks With Dust
Music and Lyrics by Sub
courtesy of Daniel Bryant
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A nice family film.
17 June 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film is based on a story by Robert Whitlow. The title character, Jimmy (Ian Colletti) is a developmentally delayed teen living in Georgia. He's a very likable young man but has two strange quirks—he's deathly afraid of water and he sees people no one else sees! Now you'd think that perhaps this is a horror film…it isn't! Instead, these are benign people who seem to be watching over him and you immediately wonder if they might not be angels. Exactly why he has both becomes apparent at the exciting conclusion of the movie.

The film begins with the viewer seeing Jimmy in danger on a dock at the lake. What brought him to this situation and will he survive? Well, the scene changes to two months earlier and slowly through the course of the film you learn about Jimmy's life and death struggle at the end of the film and the events leading to it. In the meantime, he learns a lot about growing up, overcoming his fears and putting his faith in God. A huge dilemma for Jimmy is baptism, as his church is one that believes in immersion baptism—something that drives the young man into a panic attack. Other dilemmas also arise—including what to do when you learn secrets that might get him or someone else hurt.

Jimmy is clearly a family film for Christian audiences. Fortunately, it does not come off as heavy-handed and can be enjoyed by a wider audience than some religious films. It also doesn't seem patronizing when it comes to folks with intellectual delays. I should point out, however, that viewers should be at least 8 to 10 years old in my opinion, as there is some violence and intense situations that might scare younger viewers. Additionally, the acting and production values are surprisingly good for this sort of movie. I was particularly impressed by Mr. Colletti, as he sure did a great job in the title role. I have no idea if this young man is actually developmentally delayed or just did a great job in portraying someone who is. The bottom line is that he was very convincing and will impress you in this role. As for the rest, I didn't recognize these people but they all seemed very natural— which is a testament to the direction by Mark Freiburger. The film is entertaining and well worth your time. My only complaint, and it's minor, is that sometimes the film used the roving camera technique—with some jerky movement that is very popular recently. I could do without this myself.

If you are interested in the film, it's available for rent from Netflix and to buy from Netflix and other retailers.


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4 June 2013 (USA) See more »

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Charlotte, North Carolina, USA See more »

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$270,000 (estimated)
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