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Release Date:
4 June 1976 (USA) See more »
A love story that's joyous, funny, and so touching you'll never forget it. See more »
Billy Joe confesses his love to the lovely Bobbi Lee only to cover his growing fear that he may, in fact... See more » | Full synopsis »
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That's What I Love/Hate About the South See more (34 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robby Benson ... Billy Joe McAllister

Glynnis O'Connor ... Bobbie Lee Hartley
Joan Hotchkis ... Anna 'Mama' Hartley
Sandy McPeak ... Glenn 'Papa' Hartley

James Best ... 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
John Roper ... Trooper Ned
Pat Purcell ... Alabama Boy #1
Jim Westerfield ... Alabama Boy #2
Jack Capelle ... Alabama Driver
Al Scott ... Master of Ceremonies
Peggy Kubena ... Stripper / Prositute
Paul Hughes Sr. ... Band Leader
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael D. Carlin ... Hunicutt Kid (uncredited)
Andy Sims ... Dance Hall Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Max Baer Jr.  (as Max Baer)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bobbie Gentry  song by
Herman Raucher 

Produced by
Max Baer Jr. .... producer (as Max Baer)
Roger Camras .... producer
Mark Sussman .... associate producer
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
Cinematography by
Michel Hugo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Frank Morriss  (as Frank E. Morriss)
Casting by
Phil Benjamin 
Production Design by
Philip M. Jefferies (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Philip M. Jefferies  (as Philip Jefferies)
Set Decoration by
Harry Gordon 
Makeup Department
Delree F. Todd .... hair stylist (as Delree Todd)
Marvin G. Westmore .... makeup artist (as Marvin Westmore)
Production Management
Marty Hornstein .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anthony Brand .... assistant director
Art Department
Chuck Clark .... scenic artist
Richard L. Cowitt .... assistant property master (as Richard Cowitt)
Allan Gordon .... property master
Sound Department
Cliff Bell Jr. .... dialogue editor
C. Darin Knight .... production sound mixer (as Darin Knight)
Cal Marks .... boom operator
Richard Portman .... dubbing mixer
Special Effects by
Gene Grigg .... special effects
Beau Gibson .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ken John Borland .... key grip (as Ken Borland)
Larry Gilhooly .... gaffer
Robert C. Jessup .... director of photography: second unit (as Robert Jessup)
Lynn Lockwood .... director of photography: second unit
Marshall Marker .... still photographer
Herb Pearl .... operative cameraman
Giles Thevenaz .... assistant camera
Edward Borland .... best boy (uncredited)
Gary R. Wostak .... best boy (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James M. George .... wardrobe
Location Management
Ron Windred .... location manager
Patty Shaw .... location production secretary (uncredited)
Music Department
Marshall Leib .... music coordinator
John Mick .... music editor
Transportation Department
Buster Kohloff .... transportation (as Buster Kohlhoff)
Dan Riportella .... transportation (as Danny Riportella)
Wayne Stone .... transportation
Greg Van Dyke .... transportation (as Greg VanDyke)
Fritz Braden .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
Other crew
Terry L. Behrens .... assistant to associate producer
Greg Blackwell .... assistant to associate producer (as Gregory S. Blackwell)
Richard Boguske .... assistant to associate producer
Carolyn Judd .... assistant to producer
H. Bud Otto .... script supervisor
Homer Sharavsky .... craft service
Huey Redwine .... stand-in (uncredited)

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106 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:AA (theatrical rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:PG

Did You Know?

Director Max Baer Jr. played Jethro Bodine in "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962).See more »
Continuity: As Papa Hartley and the three boys are battling it out in their trucks on the bridge the camera moves from inside the Hartley truck looking out to outside looking in. As they do this you see from the inside that the windshield in front of the driver is badly cracked but as they move to the outside angle it is not cracked at all.See more »
[first lines]
Billy Joe McAllister:HEY! I've been holding up this here bridge for over an hour so it wouldn't fall on you!
Bobbie Lee Hartley:Right neighborly of you, Mr. McAllister.
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32 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
That's What I Love/Hate About the South, 10 January 2003
Author: codyfantabulon from Nashville

If this film had been directed by Truffaut or Bergman it would have swept Cannes. The fact that many viewers find it almost impossible to understand is testimony to the film's authenticity. As a life-long Southerner I feel compelled to state that anyone from the South over the age of 35 either knows or is one of these characters. The time period represented is one which lives in the memories of those alive today. Mississippi is particularly well drawn. I lived in Mississippi for four years and this film captures that distinct Mississippi flavor of charm,vindictiveness,religious observance,and sin. The bridge scene is what Southern pride and "redneck" are all about. Daddy just WON'T back up. One of the main themes of Southern art is the fact that many of the characters are so far from introspection and so close to instinctive, impulsive, animalistic behavior. When someone is "different" tragedy and/or myth tends to happen. Tennessee Williams mined that vein. Like the characters in this film, his people often dimly understood that they needed to either leave home or accept self-revelation in the confines of their environment. Most couldn't do either. The result is usually some sort of denial,death, or sacrifice. Great films/novels/short stories about the South have a sense of yearning and fatalism which I find very honest and moving. If you are into Russian literature, you are probably into Southern literature too! My thanks to Max for this beautiful film.

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