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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Writer/director Shainee Gabel adapted the screenplay from the previously unpublished novel "Off Magazine Street" by Ronald Everett Capps.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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Upon first meeting Pursy, Bobby is lying in bed and Lawson is seated next to him preparing Bobby's drink. While Lawson prepares his own drink, Pursy and Bobby exchange dialog. During this dialog Lawson fills his glass twice without drinking from it. See more »

Quotes

Lawson Pines: You know you eat like shit?
Pursy Will: You drink too much.
Lawson Pines: Okay.
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Crawlin' Blues
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Worthy of the love song
16 August 2005 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

This is a movie about two alcoholics. One middle-aged and the other on his way to that age. It's difficult to say which company they prefer, the bottle or each other.

Than the young girl arrives and shakes their world. You've seen that theme many times in movie history, but this is for once done in a very intelligent way. Gabriel Macht is very good and Scarlett Johansson, the greatest talent of her young generation, too. But Travolta is probably doing the part of his life so far. Travolta is now a character actor, if anyone is.

American movies don't always tell about these kind of losers in such a sympathetic way. But this one does. The end is sentimental, but never mind. The ride towards that is really worth seeing.


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