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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.

Director:

Shainee Gabel

Writers:

Ronald Everett Capps (novel), Shainee Gabel (screenplay)
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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

Writer/director Shainee Gabel adapted the screenplay from the previously unpublished novel "Off Magazine Street" by Ronald Everett Capps. Capps' son, Grayson Capps, appears in the film and contributed six songs to its soundtrack. See more »

Goofs

Geraldine asks if Lorraine finally kicked them out. Through the smoke from Bobby's cigarette we see Lawson light his cigarette. After Bobby says God wouldn't let that happen Lawson lights the cigarette again. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Long: Happiness makes up in height, what it lacks in length.
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Connections

References Driving Miss Daisy (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Charlie Love and the Country Girl
Performed by Stavin' Chain
Written by John Lawrence
Courtesy of Ruf Records
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A taste of 'The Big Easy' that goes down smoothly
29 June 2006 | by savesuaveSee all my reviews

If you've ever lived in New Orleans you'll enjoy the settings, the director captures the atmosphere nicely, and the script is intelligent and sparkles with flashes of brilliant writing. Travolta shows his chops here, as does Scarlett, some of her best work yet, her style fits the character well, and that is not something one can count on from her. Not to give away the details, for this movie is best when it catches you by surprise, I really had a nice evening with these folks. Though sometimes repulsive, sometimes too long, it will win you over in the end because it makes you care about them. That being said it was a bit far fetched to think a beauty like Scarlett would ever be stuck in such a fix, or Travolta and his buddy either, but they pull it off with terrific performances. Love to see more from this director, she impresses in a big way, and has the potential to be one of the best ever. Treat yourself to this one when the crickets are singing in the summer fields, and if you visit New Orleans first, you'll enjoy it twice as much.


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