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A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)

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A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.

Director:

Shainee Gabel

Writers:

Ronald Everett Capps (novel), Shainee Gabel (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Bobby Long
Scarlett Johansson ... Pursy Will
Gabriel Macht ... Lawson Pines
Deborah Kara Unger ... Georgianna
Dane Rhodes ... Cecil
David Jensen ... Junior
Clayne Crawford ... Lee
Sonny Shroyer ... Earl
Carol Sutton ... Ruthie
Walter Breaux Walter Breaux ... Ray
Warren Kole ... Sean (as Warren Blosjo)
Bernard Johnson Bernard Johnson ... Tiny
Gina 'Ginger' Bernal Gina 'Ginger' Bernal ... Waitress
Douglas M. Griffin ... Man #1 (as Douglas Griffin)
Earl Maddox Earl Maddox ... Man #2
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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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Taglines:

The heart is a lonely hunter.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Secretos del pasado See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,243, 2 January 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$159,171, 13 February 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 first meeting Pursy in his garden, Cecil snips a piece of purselane and offers it to her with his right hand. In the next shot she takes the purselane from Cecil's left hand. 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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Connections

References Driving Miss Daisy (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Barbara Allen
Performed by John Travolta
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A real story for true film lovers
1 December 2004 | by joem41269See all my reviews

This is one of the most gratifying films I have seen in a long time. It has distinct characters, a thoroughly engaging story, beautiful cinematography, and wonderful performances. John Travolta has not performed like this in years. It reminded me of what a great actor he is when he really puts his mind to it. Scarlett Johannson is better than she has ever been because this is the juiciest role she has played to date and she does it flawlessly. Gabriel Macht (who I was unaware of) gives a wonderful performance as well. The music is amazing. I heard they're trying to rush a soundtrack out. If you want to be captivated and moved with a few laughs in between, go see this movie.


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