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Buster and Billie (1974)

R | | Crime, Drama | 23 August 1974 (USA)
In a rural 1940s southern town, a socially awkward high school girl is taken advantage of by the boys, because it's the only way she knows to relate to boys. But one, Buster, falls in love ... See full summary »

Directors:

Daniel Petrie, Sidney Sheldon (uncredited)

Writers:

Ron Batron (story), Ron Turbeville (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan-Michael Vincent ... Buster Lane
Joan Goodfellow ... Billie Jo Truluck
Pamela Sue Martin ... Margie Hooks
Clifton James ... Jake
Robert Englund ... Whitey
Jessie Lee Fulton ... Mrs. Lane
J.B. Joiner J.B. Joiner ... Mr. Lane
Dell C. Payne Dell C. Payne ... Warren
Mark Pendergraft Mark Pendergraft ... Mole
David Paul Dean David Paul Dean ... Phil
David Little David Little ... Smitty
Vernon Beatty Vernon Beatty ... Arland
Doris Pearce Doris Pearce ... Mrs. Hooks
Carl Reddick Carl Reddick ... Mr. Hooks
Dale Pearce Dale Pearce ... Sally
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Storyline

In a rural 1940s southern town, a socially awkward high school girl is taken advantage of by the boys, because it's the only way she knows to relate to boys. But one, Buster, falls in love with her. The other boys, however, still consider her their convenient "squeeze", with tragic results.

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It should have been a love story! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Trivia

Roberta Pedon auditioned for the role eventually played by Joan Goodfellow. See more »

Goofs

The "Play Ball" pinball machine in the pool hall was an electro-mechanical device made by Midway Manufacturing Company of Chicago in 1965 so it would not have been in existence when the film is set. See more »

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Featured in Chop Suey (2001) See more »

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Hillbilly Gal
Words and Music by Claude Casey and Troy L. Martin
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Great, offbeat youth angst movie
8 December 2004 | by dolemite72See all my reviews

For all his faults, JAN MICHAEL VINCENT certainly made some great movies in the seventies (be it, THE BIG Wednesday, HOOPER, THE MECHANIC, VIGILANTE FORCE) including this (little seen) gem. VINCENT plays Buster, a tough, high-school loner, who against the wishes of his (childish, rather ugly) friends, dates the local good-time girl (of whom, most of busters friends have been casually 'involved' with) But these two opposites find love, but as in all classic love tales, their romance is doomed. To give anything else away, would ruin this highly original period piece(set in 1948.) Needless to say, it does continue the ever growing trend of seventies movies, and features a downbeat ending. Long after the viewer shakes off initial images of sexist, drunken teens, several scenes of true beauty, shine through this great movie. The period details are spot-on, and there's not one bad performance (look out for a young ROBERT ENGLUND) but as with most other JMV movies, Hollywood soon moved onto bigger (although, not always better) actors, and he soon became a tragic casualty of cinema. He certainly had the 'look' (predating the 'tom cruise' boyish-good looks) but unfortunately ended up, in bad TV movies or low budget dreck (ENEMY TERRITORY aside) Too bad, because he had the makings of another JAMES DEAN (and gives a similar performance in this movie) Hunt this movie out (if you can, it's quite rare) but you'll be glad you did. Another notable aspect, is the fine (and rather haunting) musical score, including the main theme (sung by HOYT AXTON) which never fails to bring a lump in my throat, and made all the more lyrical, by the movies tragic (yet strangely, touching) ending.

A fine unseen gem, and well worth hunting down piece of 70's obscure 10 out of 10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buster and Billie See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,298,787
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Black Creek Billie See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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