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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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Louis Nye ...
Kirby Baker
Audrey Christie ...
Flora Simpson Reilly
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Herbie Maddox
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Dee Johnson
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Mr. Harper
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Willa Mae Jones
J.J. Barry ...
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Irene Yah-Ling Sun ...
Myrna Wong
Louise Foley ...
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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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90% of Ron Masak's dialogue was ad-libbed, as directed. See more »

Goofs

The scene at the race track was obviously not filmed in Ohio. There are palm trees in the distance. See more »

Quotes

Stella Johnson: [to the PTA Board] You wrote me a letter that I'd like to reply to in public. You say I'm not fit to live in this fine American town... that I don't come up to your standard of whatever you consider decent. Well...
[she slams her purse down on her chair and turns to face the audience]
Stella Johnson: I am here to call a few kettles black.
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Manure was courtesy of 1977's Triple-Crown Winning horse, Seattle Slew. See more »

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References Peyton Place (1957) See more »

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HARPER VALLEY P.T.A.
Words and music by Tom T. Hall
Performed 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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