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Harper Valley P.T.A. (1978)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  June 1978 (USA)
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Stella Johnson is a single mother living in the town of Harper Valley. Now most of the townspeople, particularly on the PTA board, think that she is a little too liberal and liberated for ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Nye ...
Kirby Baker
Audrey Christie ...
Flora Simpson Reilly
Herbie Maddox
Dee Johnson
Mr. Harper
Willa Mae Jones (as Fay De Witt)
J.J. Barry ...
Irene Yah-Ling Sun ...
Myrna Wong (as Irene Yah Ling Sun)
Louise Foley ...


Stella Johnson is a single mother living in the town of Harper Valley. Now most of the townspeople, particularly on the PTA board, think that she is a little too liberal and liberated for them, so they are making things tough for her and her daughter. When the PTA board threaten to have her daughter expelled unless Stella changes her ways, she decides to get back at them by first exposing all their hidden secrets and then pulling all sorts of humiliating pranks on them. When she decides to run for the position of PTA President, they are really infuriated and try to stop her any way they can. Written by <>

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The song was scandalous. The movie is hilarious!




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June 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Rache der blonden Hexe  »

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90% of Ron Masak's dialogue was ad-libbed, as directed. See more »


The helicopter's shadow can be seen during an aerial scene. See more »


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Immediately, during the first five seconds, of chapter one, the HBO DVD has This is an "APRIL FOOL'S PRODUCTION phrase, just before Jeannie C. Riley's song begins and as the movie opening credits start beginning. See more »


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Words and music by Tom T. Hall
Sung by Jeannie C. Riley
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2 November 2005 | by (Atop Olympus) – See all my reviews

I don't really like to respond to specific reviews, but there's just no other way to rebut. Harper Valley PTA was not a made-for-TV movie, it had a theatrical showing, albeit not a particularly successful one. It also was very true to the events as portrayed in the song. The first 20 minutes of the movie, in fact, recreate the lyrics almost exactly, at times verbatim. The episodes of revenge and counter-revenge which follow are a logical progression from that story.

I don't think Harper Valley PTA will ever be considered even a good film, much less a great one. It is fun to watch, though, especially during the middle section. I've never seen a movie that starred Barbara Eden that wasn't at least watchable. Her screen persona is so natural and likable that it doesn't really matter what vehicle she's in.

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