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Ode to Billy Joe (1976)

PG | | Drama | 4 June 1976 (USA)
At last, we're given the answers to the questions raised by the haunting 1967 Bobbie Gentry song of the same title. Eighteen- year-old Billy Joe McAllister is in love with Bobbie Lee, but ... See full summary »

Director:

Max Baer Jr. (as Max Baer)

Writers:

Bobbie Gentry (song), Herman Raucher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robby Benson ... Billy Joe McAllister
Glynnis O'Connor ... Bobbie Lee Hartley
Joan Hotchkis ... Anna 'Mama' Hartley
Sandy McPeak ... Glenn 'Papa' Hartley
James Best ... Dewey Barksdale
Terence Goodman Terence Goodman ... James Hartley
Becky Bowen Becky Bowen ... Becky Thompson
Simpson Hemphill Simpson Hemphill ... Brother Taylor
Ed Shelnut Ed Shelnut ... Coleman Stroud
Eddie Talr Eddie Talr ... Tom Hargitay
William Hallberg William Hallberg ... Dan McAllister
Frannye Capelle Frannye Capelle ... Belinda Wiggs
Rebecca Jernigan Rebecca Jernigan ... Mrs. Thompson
Ann Martin Ann Martin ... Mrs. Hunicutt
Will Long Will Long ... Trooper Bosh
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Storyline

At last, we're given the answers to the questions raised by the haunting 1967 Bobbie Gentry song of the same title. Eighteen- year-old Billy Joe McAllister is in love with Bobbie Lee, but her father refuses to allow her to receive gentlemen callers before she's sixteen. In the Mississippi Delta, in a time before the boondocks had seen television and indoor plumbing, a young man's fancy turns constantly to thoughts of love. Billy Joe is no different in this regard and his persistence is making it difficult for Bobbie Lee to maintain her virtue (the dog-earred issues of "Torrid Romance" don't help either). Perhaps an indictment of the artificial conventions of society, the film demonstrates the tragic consequences of a young couple's first awkward grapplings with love and sex. As Bobbie Lee says shortly after Billy Joe's lifeless body is dragged from the Tallahatchie River, "What do I know of love... I'm only a child." Yet, there seems little doubt that what she feels for the dead boy ... Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A love story that's joyous, funny, and so touching you'll never forget it. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ponte do Desejo See more »

Filming Locations:

Greenwood, Mississippi, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Released Friday, June 4th, 1976, one month before the United States' bi-centennial date, July 4th, 1976. See more »

Goofs

When Bobbie Lee runs into Barksdale on the bridge at the end of the movie, it's supposed to be around 6:00am, but the sun is a full 45 degrees in the sky already. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Billy Joe McAllister: HEY! I've been holding up this here bridge for over an hour so it wouldn't fall on you!
Bobbie Lee Hartley: Right neighborly of you, Mr. McAllister.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.32 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Ode to Billie Joe
Written and Performed by Bobbie Gentry
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Historic Film
19 April 2010 | by danielrdrownSee all my reviews

While this good film is no masterpiece, it certainly has earned its place in Hollywood lore. First of all, the screenplay was co-written by Bobbie Gentry. She hand picked Herman Rauncher( Summer of Forty Two) and spent weeks helping him with the screenplay Belinda( the stripper in the film) is a song from Bobbie's masterpiece album, PatchWork. Benjamin( the imaginary childhood friend) started out life as a Bobbie Gentry song too. Her vision is all over this film. Her grandparents farm in Mississippi even served as the back-drop for the story.Billie Joe is the first gay character portrayal in film history without a hint of stereotying. He is full of real depth and humanity. On a production budget of 1 million dollars, this film had a box office run of 50 million. Business savy Bobbie Gentry still owns 10% of it in her deal with Warner Brothers. Because of its success,Coal Miners Daughter would receive a huge production budget in 1979.


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