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The Bill Collector

3.1 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

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Uncle Frankie (Danny Trejo) is not the kind of guy you want to meet in a dark alley. Especially when you owe him money and have been giving him the slip for a few years. Such is the fate of Lorenzo Adams (Gary Moore), a top bill collector at Lump Sum Collections. Uncle Frankie has tracked Lorenzo to Norfolk, Virginia and is coming to collect. With his back to the wall, Lorenzo finds no one to help but Pastor Kevin (Ron Kenoly) and desperate down-and-outers from an inner city mission, who serve as unwitting pawns in Lorenzo's scam to pay Frankie back. Lots of laughs, gaffes, twists and turns later, Lorenzo discovers unexpected grace when it's time to pay his due.

Awarded Dove Foundation's Family Seal of Approval with 4 out of 5 Doves & recommended for ages 12 and above.

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"A Road to Redemption Story." --Movieguide

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Product Details

  • Actors: Danny Trejo, Gary Moore, Brandon Hardesty, Tom Ohmer, Elizabeth Omilami
  • Directors: Cristobal Krusen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 19, 2011
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004PQWHOW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,723 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 8, 2012
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Lorenzo (Gary Moore) is a tough/successful collection agent. He's also on the lam being personally in deep debt, and currently in Norfolk, VA. He is threatened by `Uncle' Frankie (Danny Trejo) whom is owed thousands. The crime boss's nephew thug Omar (David Krusen) is assigned duty to keep an eye, or kill if necessary. Lorenzo comes up with a plan to use a local street aid mission (LEC) people to get the thousands needed for his own life saving benefit. From there it gets comic. Really.

Omar finds faith's salvation through Jesus preached at the mission. A plan proves that Lorenzo is truly a louse as lousy as they come. He collects funds in cash in amounts less than half below the company's goal keeping it for himself--even gambling with it. But just when Lorenzo thinks he's free it gets worse. The humor quickly adjusts to second chances and hope for others, including a homeless mission guy drunk, former aide to Bush the father, played by Christobal Krusen, who also manages to write, direct, and produce.

Multiple roles are common in these low-budget faith based films. I like to review them for what they are, a film as a mission, with a message. This DVD is Dove Approved, but does have some violence scenes. I was pleasantly surprised, as was my wife. A message to goodness and hope but light on the preaching. It's not high dollar Hollywood, not professing to be, but gets an entertainment job done well, and more. It's a mix of new and seasoned cast. Hollywood could not do this on the same budget, I suspect. The story was inspired in part by the real LEC -Life Enrichment Center of Norfolk.

There is CC and Subtitles but they seem to lag behind the scene. Maybe too much for those who truly can't hear. Other bonus includes 3 behind the scenes segments: 4 min of cast/crew commentary; 2 min of the shoot out scene; and 3 min of a dock scene. 7 advertising trailers are also included.
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Who doesn't dig B-Movie legend Danny Trejo? That's why I watched. When I realized it wasn't going to be a typical Danny Trejo shoot-em-up, I thought, OK, I can always use a break from that. So then I thought I'd be able to get into this film when the setting turned out to be a Call Center, because it reminded me how much fun working in a crazy Call Center was, and how it used to be a great way for recent college grads, comedians, actors *between jobs* and everyday folks to make an OK income all over the West Coast. No more, that's been outsourced to the Philippines or Bangalore. So back to this very disappointing, badly done movie.

Because The Great Trejo's in it, I'll shout out the positives. Numero Uno, one, single almost-good card game scene featuring Danny Trejo in a maroon zoot suit! Numero Dos: the movie poster is damned fine.

But not even Don Trejo in a stylin' maroon zoot suit, or my really, really wanting to get into this film because of the whole crazy Call Center thing, none of that could keep me watching. This *dark comedy* ==which was neither funny nor noir-ish== was plagued by mostly terrible acting and an even worse script...which may have been the reason for all the bad acting. Just awful. It was a strong example of what they call ham-fisted writing [or directing, hard to tell which] that also seemed to move the focus artificially to some sort of religious conversion that just didn't seem believable.

I gave it a chance for longer than I should've, and watched 40 very YAWN minutes. Sad to say, this movie's not even worth it for free.
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The Bill Collector is simply put a bad movie. The summary and positive reviews made it sound pretty decent. Well, 10 minutes later I had to end the suffering. I tried again a few weeks later in case I was being too harsh but I only made it to the 15 minute mark. Combine terrible acting with poor writing and you have this mess.

Don't believe the shills posting reviews here. Trust the IMDb rating more than Amazon because it really is not a good movie. After reading through most of the reviews I quickly saw the Christian undertones skewing honest opinion. I just wish I would have seen this before I started watching. Please don't make the same mistake I did - find something else to watch.
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This was a very cute movie. However, there was more than one "debt collector" in this movie. Both the Hero and Uncle Frankie are debt collectors, although the hero does his debt collecting through a collection agency, and Uncle Frankie does it with threats of violence and muscle. Yes the "hero" isn't much of a hero because he is running away from "Uncle Frankie" a loan shark played by Mr. Trejo. Even though the hero engineers a scheme to pay off his debt, he ends up helping numerous down on their luck people, including having a positive influence on Uncle Frankie's "muscle", "Omar." The movie has a lot of very funny situations. Now for the majestic Mr. Trejo: Not only does he play a slightly comedic part, he gets to dress in expensive suits with his lovely long shiny hair pulled back or hanging freely. My favorite scene was at a poker table with Mr. Trejo dressed in a red suit with a red fedora and his beautiful shiny long hair hanging freely about his shoulders! This man should take on a modeling career but I don't know how he'd fit it in with all the time he donates and spends working. I'd take him either dressed to the nines as he is in this movie, or slightly undressed as we've seen in so many of his other appearances. This was a good movie with very little violence and gun play.
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