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Billy: The Early Years Details


He remains one of the true icons of late 20th and early 21st century evangelism. But what of his early years -- the years that led him into full-time ministry? As scripted and directed by acclaimed actor Robby Benson (Robby Benson), this fact-based historical drama depicts Billy Graham (here played by Armie Hammer) as an earnest young man whose life is irrevocably changed via his interaction with another up-and-coming follower of God, Charles Templeton. Though fast friends, the men reach a crossroads and fork off in opposing directions when Templeton's faith buckles beneath the weight of the scientific revolution and the evidence that he perceives as an unshakable threat to Christianity. The disbelief that Templeton demonstrates, in turn, convinces Graham to take the altar call in the Depression-era South, in an effort to bring people to God who find themselves mired in agnosticism and atheism. Martin Landau portrays Charles Templeton as an old man, Josh Turner plays George Beverly Shea, and Stefanie Butler co-stars as Graham's wife, Ruth Bell Graham. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:October 10, 2008


Armie Hammer
as Billy Graham
Stefanie Butler
as Ruth Bell Graham
Kristoffer Polaha
as Charles Templeton
Josh Turner
as George Beverly Shea
Jennifer O'Neill
as Reporter
Lindsay Wagner
as Morrow
Martin Landau
as Charles Templeton (Older)
Cliff Bemis


Robby Benson
Martin Shiel
Martin Shiel
Lawrence Mortorff
William Paul McKay
William Paul McKay
William Paul McKay
Screen Story
Jana Lyn Rutledge
David Rudd
Anastasia Brown
Musical Direction/Supervision
Scott Brasher
Composer (Music Score)
Ryan Folsey
Ruby Guidara
Production Designer
Grant McKay
Associate Producer
Anastasia Brown
Executive Producer
Robert Dooner
Executive Producer
Douglas Edelman
Executive Producer
Libby Callaway
Costume Designer
Nick Palladino
Sound/Sound Designer
John Carter Cash
Music Producer
Clarke Gallivan
Line Producer