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A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)

R | | Drama | 21 January 2005 (USA)
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A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.



(novel), (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bobby Long
... Pursy Will
... Lawson Pines
... Georgianna
... Cecil
... Junior
... Lee
... Earl
... Ruthie
Walter Breaux ... Ray
... Sean (as Warren Blosjo)
Bernard Johnson ... Tiny
Gina 'Ginger' Bernal ... Waitress
... Man #1 (as Douglas Griffin)
Earl Maddox ... Man #2


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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Secretos del pasado  »

Filming Locations:



Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,243, 2 January 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$159,171, 13 February 2005
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Pursy puts dinner on the table for Lawson before she leaves for her date, the stack of books on the kitchen table disappears between shots. See more »


Lawson Pines: You know you eat like shit?
Pursy Will: You drink too much.
Lawson Pines: Okay.
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Featured in The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2005) See more »


Get Back Up
Performed by Stavin' Chain
Written by Grayson Capps
Courtesy of Ruf Records
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Blows away!
12 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

when i first read the plot for this movie i was a bit sceptical, John Travolta and Scarlet Johansson in a movie together? Hmmm... Is this going to be another Lost in Translation? Considering the awesome acting between Bill and Scarlet i at first hand thought that A love song for bobby long would be a bad copy of it. One the other hand i'we never seen Scarlet make a bad flick...

As soon as i started watching it i could not take my eyes of the TV... I have to say this movies is one of 2005 best movies by far. This is NOT a bad copy of (LIT) this is if not better at least as good as it! The script is awesome and the acting MINDBLOWING!

If you still haven't watch it get of your ass and GET IT! This movie will take your mind peace for 1h and 59m!

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