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A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)

R | | Drama | 21 January 2005 (USA)
A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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A young woman, Pursy (played by Scarlett Johansson), learns that her estranged mother has died in New Orleans. She returns to her mother's house to discover that it is inhabited by two men, one an aging alcoholic, Bobby Long (John Travolta). Written by grantss

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The heart is a lonely hunter.

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Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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21 January 2005 (USA)  »

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Secretos del pasado  »

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Opening Weekend:

$28,243 (USA) (31 December 2004)

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$159,171 (USA) (11 February 2005)
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The production ran into budgetary problems halfway through. Several background extras were brought to a New Orleans location, fitted for costumes, fed dinner, and then sent home without pay because their scene had been cut. Some New Orleans retailers complained that thousands of dollars worth of clothes were returned unused because the scenes they were bought for were never filmed. See more »

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When playing guitar and singing with his friends, Bobby Long isn't really touching the strings of the guitar. See more »

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Bobby Long: We cannot tear out a single page of our lives, but we can throw the whole book in the fire.
Lawson Pines: George Sand.
Bobby Long: Now I thought that would be a hard one.
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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

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Early Every Morning
Performed by Magic Slim and the Teardrops (as Magic Slim & The Teardrops)
Written by Magic Slim (as Morris Holt)
Courtesy of Rooster Blues Records
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A Bitter Tale of Love, Friendship and Synergy of Invisible People
9 February 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Florida, the teenager Purslane Hominy Will (Scarlett Johansson) is lately informed by her mate that her mother passed away. She returns to her hometown, New Orleans, for the funeral and decided to live in her mother's house. However, she finds that the completely decayed house has two drunken dwellers: the former English professor Bobby Long (John Travolta) and his former assistant Lawson Pines (Gabriel Macht), who has unsuccessfully been trying to write a book about the life of Bobby Long for nine years. She decides to share the place living together with them and after their initial difficult relationship, they disclose deep secrets and improve their lives.

"A Love Song for Bobby Long" is a bitter tale of love, friendship and synergy of invisible people. With many citations of important writers, the dramatic story has excellent lines and is very positive, with good messages and a well resolved conclusion. The irregular John Travolta and always perfect Scarlett Johansson are splendid in the role of broken, suffered and hopeless characters, and the story is never corny. The music score with typical blues, songs and bands from New Orleans completes this surprisingly good movie. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Uma Canção de Amor Para Bobby Long" ("A Love Song for Bobby Long")


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