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The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)

 -  Action  -  19 July 1985 (USA)
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A Texas teenager cuts her hair short and becomes an outlaw martyr with her brother and friends.

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Average Texas teen, Billie Jean Davy, is caught up in an odd fight for justice. She is usually followed and harrased around by local boys, who, one day, decide to trash her brother's scooter for fun. The boys' father refuses to pay them back the price of the scooter. The fight for "fair is fair" takes the teens around the state and produces an unlikely hero. Written by Jennifer Valley

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When you're seventeen, people think they can do anything to you. Billie Jean is about to prove them wrong. See more »

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The radio station in the movie C101 is an actual station in Corpus Christi. See more »

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When the truck rolls after shooting the tire of Ophelia's station wagon, there is only one person in the truck's cab, rather than the man and girl who were there previously. A second later, when the truck lands on its roof, the cab is empty. See more »

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Ringwald: If that scooter's not back on your front lawn in two days...
Billie Jean: We live in Breeze Haven...
Ringwald: All right, in front of your trailer... you give us a call, we'll... drag in the fucker.
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Referenced in A Planet Comicon Panel with Helen Slater (2011) See more »

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Boys in Town
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Joan of Arc of the Texas Rivera
27 January 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent movie for young people, in general. It shows how one has to fight for one's principles, as it's the case with Billie Jean, a girl living in the Texas coastal town of Corpus Christi. As directed by Matthew Robbins, this film will never cease to amaze.

After he brother's motorcycle is trashed by a group of rough teenagers. Billie Jean wants the father of the boy who gave a beating to her brother, to pay for the repair of the bike. This is a man who, knowing where Billie Jean comes from, tries to abuse the girl sexually. He doesn't know who he is messing with.

The movie deals with the way Billie Jean goes about in getting her revenge against all odds. In doing so, she becomes an instant celebrity to the young population in the area, who easily identify with the wronged girl and make her a folk hero.

Helen Slater makes a sunny appearance as Billie Jean. She is a girl who believes in justice, and demands it from the man who wanted to take advantage of her. A young, blond Christian Slater is Binx, the young brother. Peter Coyote is also seen as the chief of police who Billie Jean goes to present her complaint, but doesn't have enough sense to pay attention to her.

Never underestimate a determined woman who is wronged. Whoever thinks otherwise will probably get his own Billie Jean to her point.


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