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A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)

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

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Upon hearing of her mother's death, jaded teenage loner Purslane Hominy Will returns to New Orleans for the first time in years, ready to reclaim her childhood home. Expecting to find her late mother's house abandoned, Pursy is shocked to discover that it is inhabited by two of her mother's friends: Bobby Long, a former literature professor, and his young protégé, Lawson Pines. These broken men, whose lives took a wrong turn years before, have been firmly rooted in the dilapidated house for years, encouraged only by Lawson's faltering ambitions to write a novel about Bobby Long's life. Having no intention of leaving, Pursy, Bobby Long and Lawson are all forced to live together. Yet as time passes, their tenuous, makeshift arrangement unearths a series of buried personal secrets that challenges their bonds, and reveals just how inextricably their lives are intertwined. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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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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Opening Weekend:

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

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$159,171 (USA) (11 February 2005)
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Writer/director Shainee Gabel adapted the screenplay from the previously unpublished novel "Off Magazine Street" by Ronald Everett Capps. Capps' son, Grayson Capps, appears in the film and contributed six songs to its soundtrack. See more »

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As Pursy leaves Lee and is exiting the trailer, she is wearing cut-off shorts. The next shot is an exterior of her leaving the trailer. She is now wearing long jeans. See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2005) See more »

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Lonesome Blues
Performed by Lonnie Pitchford
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Worth Your Time
31 January 2005 | by (SF Bay Area) – See all my reviews

Reviews for "A Love Song for Bobby Long" are falling in the range from terrible to fantastic. My vote is closer to the fantastic end. The movie gets off to a slow start, but starts to work about a quarter into the film. The story unfolds at a slow pace; fitting for its locale. The character development for the three main characters (Travolta, Johansson and Macht) is well-woven into the story. Each character is flawed and through a series of events overcomes their problem. That to me is interesting movie-making. No storyline or subplot was left hanging at the end. Maybe I was tired, but I didn't see the end of the movie coming in the first five minutes as one comment stated. This movie is worth your time.


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