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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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Storyline

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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Drama

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

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21 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Secretos del pasado  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$159,171 (USA) (11 February 2005)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Lawson Pines: Time was never a friend to Bobby Long. It would conspire against him, allowing him to believe in a generous nature and then rob him blind everytime. We'd lost Lorraine. All of us. But long before she died.
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References Driving Miss Daisy (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Praying Ground Blues
Performed by Lightnin Hopkins (as Lightnin' Hopkins)
Written by Robert Ellen
Courtesy of Mainstream Records
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User Reviews

 
this is a great film
5 April 2005 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

This may be one of john travolta's finest acting roles. The critic reviews were lukewarm, and it seems the movie wasn't released in many theaters for people to see, which is a shame. This is a gem of a film. It takes place in new orleans and follows the lives of three unlikely roommates. Two drunken men living in a dilapidated house of a dead woman, and the woman's estranged only daughter who comes to claim her inheritance-a third of the house. With no place to go, the three stay together under the same roof and a friendship somehow grows, like grass through a sidewalk crack. Well acted, and well directed, there are times the pace of the film seems to slacken but it doesn't take away from the story being told. All in all, one of my favorite films no one saw this year.


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