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Harper Valley P.T.A. (1978)

 -  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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Dee Johnson
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Mr. Harper
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Skeeter
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Willa Mae Jones (as Fay De Witt)
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Tex
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Dutch
Irene Yah-Ling Sun ...
Myrna Wong (as Irene Yah Ling Sun)
Louise Foley ...
Mavis
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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 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 <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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The song was scandalous. The movie is hilarious!

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Also Known As:

Die Rache der blonden Hexe  »

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Trivia

After Stella Johnson's letter of embarrassment that strongly exasperated her, and a threat to stop Dee from being a Harper Valley Junior High school member, she went to the Harper Valley P. T. A. meeting and revealed embarrassing facts to eight Harper Valley P. T. A. members. 1st, Bobby Taylor. 2nd, Holly Taylor. 3rd Kirby Baker. 4th, Willa Mae Johnson. 5th, Mayor, Otis Harper, Junior. 6th, Shirley Thompson. 7th, Miss. Olive Glover. 8th, Mrs. Flora Simpson Reilly. See more »

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

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Flora Simpson Reilly: [during another Harper Valley P. T. A. meeting] It's time, to fight fire, with fire!
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Crazy Credits

Chinese music is played when Stella Johnson answered Alice Finley's question, [saying "And I mean not Chop Suey!"] of retaliation to realtor, Kirby Baker, after he raised Stella Johnson's house mortgage, hoping to force Stella Johnson to move away. See more »


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HARPER VALLEY P.T.A.
Words and music by Tom T. Hall
Sung by Jeannie C. Riley
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hypocrisy won't stand
14 September 2012 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

In a role not too far removed from a certain voluptuous bottled spirit, Barbara Eden plays a widow whose attire and attitude don't please the authority figures in her conservative small town. The local PTA threatens to expel her daughter from school, so the mom calls each of the members on their hypocrisy. After they get nasty, she engages in some cool revenge, including what has to be THE best sex ed movie EVER.

It was only through "Harper Valley P.T.A." that I learned that there's a song by the same name (sung, appropriately, by a woman named Jeannie). Whatever the case, it's just a funny movie. The first 15 or 16 minutes are based on the song's lyrics, and then begin the REAL pranks, culminating in a run for PTA president. The whole thing is a real pleasure.

Also starring Ronny Cox (Drew in "Deliverance"), Nanette Fabray, Susan Swift (the daughter in "Audrey Rose"), Louis Nye, John Fiedler (the voice of Piglet in the Winnie-the-Pooh productions), Pat Paulsen, Clint Howard, and a young Woody Harrelson.


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