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Joan Micklin Silver
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
Helen Slater had to wear a wig in several scenes that were reshot after principal shooting had wrapped. Moreover, Yeardley Smith also wore a wig after her character Putter cuts her hair short. See more »
Ringwald's hand reaches into the frame toward the little boy, who is handing over the paper sack that contains a VHS tape from Billie Jean. But Ringwald is still standing by the window, snacking. See more »
[Billie Jean and Putter find 3 kids staring at them]
You Billie Jean?
You got it, bud.
Somebody's just got to help Kenny, he's in a lot of trouble.
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I saw this movie when I was a kid, and it instantly became one of my personal favorites. Helen Slater's performance is unforgettable about a young girl and her instant rebel/outlaw status. This is definitely a cult favorite, and appropriately so. For some undescribable reason, this film grabs at you in a way that most movies never do. You seem to care a lot for Billie Jean, and want her to get the justice she deserves. Every rebellious youth should see this film so they can see what happens on both sides of the law, and for a highly entertaining movie. Full of 80's music (especially the kick-ass Pat Benatar theme song), The Legend of Billie Jean is truly a remarkable film that was overlooked by too many people for its brilliance.
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