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Ode to Billy Joe (1976)

 -  Drama  -  4 June 1976 (USA)
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Billy Joe confesses his love to the lovely Bobbi Lee only to cover his growing fear that he may, in fact, be homosexual. One night, at a barn dance, he gets a little drunk and rather than ... See full summary »

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Joan Hotchkis ...
Anna 'Mama' Hartley
Sandy McPeak ...
Glenn 'Papa' Hartley
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Dewey Barksdale
Terence Goodman ...
James Hartley
Becky Bowen ...
Becky Thompson
Simpson Hemphill ...
Brother Taylor
Ed Shelnut ...
Coleman Stroud
Eddie Talr ...
Tom Hargitay
William Hallberg ...
Dan McAllister
Frannye Capelle ...
Belinda Wiggs
Rebecca Jernigan ...
Mrs. Thompson
Ann Martin ...
Mrs. Hunicutt
Will Long ...
Trooper Bosh
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Billy Joe confesses his love to the lovely Bobbi Lee only to cover his growing fear that he may, in fact, be homosexual. One night, at a barn dance, he gets a little drunk and rather than going with the hired whores, gives into his desires and sexual relations with an unnamed man. The guilt causes him to run away, hide in the woods and eventually confess everything to Bobbi Lee who doesn't want to believe him only because she was enjoying the forbidden nature of their love. In the end, he cannot accept his sexuality nor can he hide behind Bobbi Lee and that's why he throws himself off the Tallahachee bridge. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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What the song didn't tell you, the movie will.

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A Ponte do Desejo  »

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Trivia

This movie date of release, Friday, June 4th, 1976, was one month before the United States' bi-centennial date of (Thursday), July 4th, 1776, Sunday, July 4th, 1976. See more »

Goofs

At the dance, one of the band is playing an Ovation guitar. The movie is set in 1960, but the company Ovation Guitars was not founded until 1966. See more »

Quotes

Bobbie Lee Hartley: It's gonna be all right. We've just been waiting so long and trying so hard. Oh, it's all right Billy Joe.
Billy Joe McAllister: It ain't all right! I ain't all right!
[long pause as Billy Joe walks a few steps away from Bobbie Lee]
Billy Joe McAllister: Bobbie... I have been with a man! Did you hear me? Which is a sin against nature! A sin against God! I don't know how I could have done it, I swear! I don't know how I could be wanting you and do that.
Bobbie Lee Hartley: But you were drunk. Maybe you just imagined it.
Billy Joe McAllister: I didn't imagine nothing!
Bobbie Lee Hartley: But you were ...
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Ode to Billie Joe
Written and Performed by Bobbie Gentry
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Can't Live up to the Ballad
25 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bobbie Gentry's artful haunting ballad "Ode to Billy Joe", centering on a family's dinnertable discussion of a local tragedy amid accounts of everyday happenings, is the inspiration for this film. At the time of it's release, the song inspired much speculation about the events and characters, so it was inevitable that a film version would eventually be released. The film casts Glynnis O'Conner and Robby Benson as the narrator and the subject of the song. The two talented young actors very authentically portray the intensity and passion of the modern-day Romeo and Juliet. The failing of the movie is its failure to capture the raw simplicity of the ballad, and the plot comes off as contrived or even sensationalistic. The screenwriters miss the opportunity to develop a central theme in the ballad - the irony of isolation and loneliness in a context of seeming closeness and intimacy.


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