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Billy: The Early Years (2008)

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Most of us know Billy Graham as the self-assured and charismatic preacher who became one of the most important figures of 20th Century Christianity. Now, with the release of Billy: The Early Years, we meet Billy as the earnest and promising young man at the crossroads of faith and doubt, ultimately facing the moment of decision that launched one of history's most powerful evangelistic careers. Most compellingly, "Billy: The Early Years" paints its portrait of Graham against the backdrop of his relationship with Charles Templeton, another gifted young preacher who's faith could not withstand the onslaught of scientific skepticism. He and Graham parted ways and in the film, Templeton comes to personify the rising tide of disbelief into which Graham launched his crusades.

Cast

Armie Hammer
as Billy Graham
Kristoffer Polaha
as Charles Templeton
Martin Landau
as Charles Templeton (Older)
Cliff Bemis
as Dr. Mordecai Ham
Josh Turner
as George Beverly Shea
Stefanie Butler
as Ruth Bell Graham
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Critic Reviews for Billy: The Early Years

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

That's the real shortcoming here. A bland leading man in a movie without much of a biographical spark to it makes for a dull sermon indeed.

October 8, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

...a biography picture of the patronizing saint variety.

October 24, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
LarsenOnFilm

Hammer does a credible Graham impression, but if the script isn't up to snuff, none of the other stuff matters. And this particular screenplay is nowhere close to that.

October 10, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Christianity Today

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