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The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama | 19 July 1985 (USA)
A Texas teenager cuts her hair short and becomes an outlaw martyr with her brother and friends.

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Matthew Robbins
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Slater ... Billie Jean
Keith Gordon ... Lloyd
Christian Slater ... Binx
Richard Bradford ... Pyatt
Peter Coyote ... Ringwald
Martha Gehman ... Ophelia
Yeardley Smith ... Putter
Dean Stockwell ... Muldaur
Barry Tubb ... Hubie
Mona Lee Fultz ... Donna Davy
Bobby Jones Bobby Jones ... Kenny
John M. Jackson ... Kenny's Father
Rodney Rincon Rodney Rincon ... Police Sergeant
Caroline Williams ... Woman in Pickup
Rudy Young Rudy Young ... Man in Pickup
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Storyline

Average Texas teen, Billie Jean Davy, is caught up in an odd fight for justice. She is usually followed and harrased around by local boys, who, one day, decide to trash her brother's scooter for fun. The boys' father refuses to pay them back the price of the scooter. The fight for "fair is fair" takes the teens around the state and produces an unlikely hero. Written by Jennifer Valley

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The last thing she ever expected was to become a hero. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fair Is Fair See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,466,884, 21 July 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,099,497
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Helen Slater's iconic close-cropped coiffure was done by a born again Christian hairdresser who said a prayer prior to cutting Slater's hair. See more »

Goofs

(at around 43 mins) After they've all enter the mansion and met Lloyd, Lloyd goes to the window with a candle and then jumps out, after which they see him in the pool. However, after he jumped out you can see his jacket as he's crouching down just outside the window. See more »

Quotes

Lloyd: Tapes are not going to be enough.
Billie Jean: What do you mean?
Lloyd: I mean they don't have to give you the money, they'll just hunt you down and catch you. Cops don't have to bargain with you, you don't have anything they want. Unless you offer them a trade.
[starts tying himself up]
Ophelia: Whatever is that boy doing?
Putter: It's a trick, I saw it on TV.
Billie Jean: What kind of trade?
Lloyd: I'm going to be your hostage, then they have to reason with you. I'm your guarantee.
Putter: Like when you buy a car.
Ophelia: That's a warranty.
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Connections

Referenced in The Accused (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Boys in Town
Performed by Divinyls (as Divinyls)
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
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The Element of connection
18 January 1999 | by solo-11See all my reviews

I can't believe I've never watched this show before when I was younger. I just saw it on cable. I won't say it has the best plot, story, characters or anything, but there's just this mysterious element that draws us to Billie Jean. All those kids in the film were incredible. My father was watching with me he smiled when he saw that little boy who sent the tape to the police. How cute!

This film does reflect some truths. Some adults simply think that fairness is not for kids. Children are not entitled to justice. But few do stand up against this false belief. That is why Billie Jean is a heroine.

To add, Helen Slater is just so beautiful.


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