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Buster and Billie (1974)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  18 January 1975 (Sweden)
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Dimwitted but sweet high school girl of easy virtue and the most popular boy in the school share an improbable romance. But when his buddies forget she's no longer the crew slut she once ... See full summary »

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Buster Lane
Joan Goodfellow ...
Billie Jo Truluck
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Margie Hooks
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Jake
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Whitey
Jessie Lee Fulton ...
Mrs. Lane
J.B. Joiner ...
Mr. Lane
Dell C. Payne ...
Warren
Mark Pendergraft ...
Mole
David Paul Dean ...
Phil
David Little ...
Smitty
Vernon Beatty ...
Arland
Doris Pearce ...
Mrs. Hooks
Carl Reddick ...
Mr. Hooks
Dale Pearce ...
Sally
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Dimwitted but sweet high school girl of easy virtue and the most popular boy in the school share an improbable romance. But when his buddies forget she's no longer the crew slut she once was, watch out!! Written by Mike Campanelli <mjc@rubinbaum.com>

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It should have been a love story! See more »

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One of the first mainstream American films to feature full-frontal male nudity, the scenes of a naked Jan-Michael Vincent caused considerable discussion when "Buster and Billie" was first released. See more »

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Featured in Jan-Michael Vincent Is My Muse (2002) See more »

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Words and Music by Herbert 'Happy' Lawson
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Pretty decent
18 April 2004 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

This is another movie I remember watching on cable in the late 70's. Jan-Michael Vincent is great to watch, here in his mid-70's prime. The rest of the cast is decent as well, and it is interesting to see a young "Freddy Kruger" act all dorky before he became a horror icon.

The film sets up nicely, a small town in the 40's where everyone knows everyone else and the local teenage boys screw around with a slut named Billie, who is a pretty girl but who seems to have some sort of problem. Buster always refuses to participate with the gang in having sex with Billie, mainly because he has his own girlfriend, who is plans to marry. But he becomes attracted to Billie on his own, and eventually starts dating her, even breaking up with his own girlfriend in the process. All this leads up to a very violent ending (where we all no doubt cheer on Vincent).

The film is decent enough but it does lack in some areas, especially in explaining a few certain things. For instance, just what started this facination with Billie in Jan-Michael's character in the first place? Especially since he had the prettiest girl in school already? It really doesn't make much sense. Was it because she slept with all the guys? That she was quiet? Maybe he knew she had some sort of "problem?" And even that, the film never gets around to examining what Billie's problem really was. We can see that she is a little slow and extremely introverted, is the problem a head problem? Was she beaten as a child by abusive parents? Maybe she was raped? Who knows.

The ending of the film definitely is unsettling and sad. But even as Vincent loads his truck fill of flowers, you are left wondering just what it was that made him go so crazy over that girl.


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