The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)

R  |   |  Action, Drama  |  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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19 July 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fair Is Fair  »

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Christian Slater stated in an interview that while filming this movie he thought he was fated to marry Helen Slater because their last names were the same. See more »


When Bynx and Lloyd are walking in the lot by the beach, and Bynx holds the gun towards Hubie, the closeup shot of Bynx's clothes are just a t-shirt when actually he has a dress over it. See more »


Pyatt: How much did you say the bill was?
Billie Jean: Six hundred and eight dollars.
Pyatt: That sounds like Hubie allright.
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Referenced in The Accused (1988) See more »


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Excellent Movie !
10 May 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't understand why this movie wasn't more better received. After the Supergirl fiasco, this movie should have made Helen Slater's career. She plays a small mid-western girl with a younger brother (Christian Slater- not her real brother) constantly being harassed for being poor. When the motor bike is trashed and vandalized, she goes to the future criminal's father for the repair fee, but the guy is worst than his son. He blames her for a crime that never happened and even profits from the media coverage of her pursuit. Peter Coyote is the police investigator who believes her and sticks by her side even when a rich kid (Keith Gordon) fakes his kidnapping to follow her and irk his father (Dean Stockwell). It's a great movie and great script excelled even more by the voice of Pat Benatar. Ten stars !

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