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If You Give a Dance, You Gotta Pay the Band (1972)

Life in a black ghetto isn't easy for 14-year-old Billie Jean Sims, who has a father in jail, a blind grandmother, and a brother with a drug habit. Growing up among drug pushers, ... See full summary »

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Life in a black ghetto isn't easy for 14-year-old Billie Jean Sims, who has a father in jail, a blind grandmother, and a brother with a drug habit. Growing up among drug pushers, prostitutes, and pimps, Billie Jean still has some things going for her: fierce pride, a loyal friend named Fish, and, at last, enough savings to visit her father 1200 miles away in prison. Written by Anonymous

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If You Give A Dance You've Got To Pay The Band
2 November 2006 | by (Midwest USA) – See all my reviews

In the movie, Billie Jean is saving money to go see her father in prison or saving for school -- I can't remember. Her junkie brother steals the money and she has to figure out a way to get it back. Laurence Fishburne plays Yancy Fisher "Fish" who lives next door. Fish is in LOVE with Billie Jean and tries to help her figure out a way to run a quick scam to get the money back. So he tells her about a scam. I remember him saying, "It's called 'The Murphy." I was about 12 years old in '72 and remember taping most of the movie on a cassette tape and knew most of the lines by heart -- but eventually my cassette tape wore out! If anyone knows where this made-for-TV movie can be purchased on video or DVD, I would appreciate a public post here. I've been looking for this one for awhile and haven't been able to find it.


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