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The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama | 19 July 1985 (USA)
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)  »

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Trivia

Yeardley Smith refused to cut her hair for the part. So when Putter cuts her hair, she is wearing a wig. When Putter first appears with her hair cut, the upturned collar on her jacket is to hide the real ponytail tucked in there. See more »

Goofs

When Billie Jean is running from the security at the golf course she gets picked up in the blue Pontiac. After the car drives away the boom mic is visible on the passenger side. See more »

Quotes

Pyatt: Little more, little less, just take the money.
Billie Jean: For my troubles? Or to keep my mouth shut? Or maybe for a few minutes in the upstairs room of your store. How much is that worth to you, Mister Pyatt?
Pyatt: Nobody forced you up there, you knew exactly what you were doing.
Billie Jean: But what about our lessons? Pay as you go, earn as you learn. What were you going to teach me, Mr. Pyatt? And you said I was gonna love it, love being touhed by a man like you.
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Referenced in The Accused (1988) See more »

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Rebel Yell
Performed by Billy Idol
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
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Never Sell Out or Give Up -Reliving my twenties with a smile and a nod to Pat Bentar
26 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some days I just want to take it easy and remember the good old days when I was a teenager and had no real problems. This film takes me back 20 years, when in the heat of the summer night we used to sneak out the 2nd story window to adventure and excitement.

The acting is believable, characters well cast and film nicely shot. Its a getaway for forty something women, with an awesome but not egotistical heroine, a solid loyal sibling and a sweet sincere romantic guy that we all dream of meeting someday.

The song "Invincible" from the soundtrack by Pat Bentar stirs up even more memories of a time when MTV was young and the short hair cut was a sign of rebellion and the contrary move for strong young women. Thank god I grew up in a time when I didn't have to tattoo my body or pierce my face to show I was tough or different or independent.


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