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Harper Valley P.T.A.
     

Harper Valley P.T.A.

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Director: Richard Bennett, Barbara Eden, Ronny Cox, Nanette Fabray

Cast: Richard Bennett, Barbara Eden, Ronny Cox, Nanette Fabray

 

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This low-budget expansion of the popular Tom T. Hall/Jeannie C. Riley song "Harper Valley PTA" is surprisingly good, boasting lively performances by star Barbara Eden and everybody else in the cast. Eden plays Stella Johnson, a widowed single mom whose gaudy makeup, miniskirts and tight jeans are a source of scandal for the smug, self-righteous members of the local

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This low-budget expansion of the popular Tom T. Hall/Jeannie C. Riley song "Harper Valley PTA" is surprisingly good, boasting lively performances by star Barbara Eden and everybody else in the cast. Eden plays Stella Johnson, a widowed single mom whose gaudy makeup, miniskirts and tight jeans are a source of scandal for the smug, self-righteous members of the local PTA. Forced to leave town with her teenaged daughter Dee (Susan Swift), Stella gets revenge with photographic evidence revealing the sexual peccadilloes and drunken misbehavior of the oh-so-righteous PTA members. The supporting cast includes such seasoned comic pros as Nanette Fabray, Louis Nye, Pat Paulsen and Audrey Christie, all performing above and beyond the call of duty. A weekly-TV version of Harper Valley PTA, also starring Barbara Eden, soon followed.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Far too many movies in the 1970s were based on hit songs, and Harper Valley PTA is one of them. All of them faced one common problem: taking a three-minute single and expanding it into a full length story. Harper's approach to solving this problem is to go through the "plot" of the entire song in about 15 minutes (including quoting liberally from the lyrics) and then spend the rest of the film creating stock sitcom revenge scenarios that are tiresomely repetitive. Viewers who get enjoyment out of seeing hypocrites get what's coming to them over and over and over again will find Harper just their cup of tea, but those who desire some spark of originality or, at the least, some progression in the sequence of events will be bored stiff. The level of humor is also set pretty low, and there's precious little in the screenplay that hasn't been seen or heard before. Richard Bennett's direction is trite and clearly based on the assumption that every point must be presented in as obvious a manner as possible so that the audience can't possibly miss anything. Fortunately, Harper has a game cast of talented actors. Barbara Eden brings as much spunk and sparkle to the lead role as she can muster, and such able supporting players as Nanette Fabray, Louis Nye, John Fiedler and Pat Paulsen are a big help in keeping viewer interest.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/31/2005
UPC:
0026359024429
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
PG
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
9,065

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Eden Stella Johnson
Ronny Cox Willis Newton
Nanette Fabray Alice Finely
Susan Swift Dee Johnson
Louis Nye Kirby Baker
John Fiedler Bobby Taylor
Audrey Christie Flora Simpson Reilly
DeVera Marcus Holly Taylor
Irene Yah Ling Sun Myrna Wong
Louise Foley Mavis Schroeder
Clint Howard Corley
Jan Marie Teige Reilly Twin
Laura Teige Reilly Twin
Fay deWitt Willa Mae Jones
Molly Dodd Olive Glover
Ron Masak Herbie Maddox
Amzie Strickland Shirley Thompson
Brian Cook Carlyle Ridley
Tobias Anderson Barney
Bob Hastings Skeeter
Arlen Stuart Bertha Harper
J.J. Barry Nolan
Royce D. Applegate Dutch
Whitey Hughes Stunt Man
Woody Harrelson Actor
Pat Paulsen Otis Harper, Jr.
Pitt Herbert Henry Reilly

Technical Credits
Richard Bennett Director
Bob Breen Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Joan Carson Associate Producer,Production Manager
Michael Economou Associate Producer,Editor
George Edwards Producer,Screenwriter
Tom T. Hall Songwriter
Willy Kurant Cinematographer
Tom Rasmussen Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer
Nelson Riddle Score Composer
Barry Schneider Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Note for Stella [9:34]
2. The PTA Meeting [6:28]
3. Answer From Town [9:51]
4. Make Them Beautiful [8:23]
5. Birds and Bees [11:31]
6. Pink Elephants [12:13]
7. Two Makeovers [9:19]
8. Getting on the Ballot [10:46]
9. Playing the Ponies [9:26]
10. Skeeter's Habit [9:00]
11. Board Election [2:25]
12. Credits [2:36]

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Harper Valley P.T.A. 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had wanted to view this movie for so long. After purchasing it, I had no regrets. It will be an all time favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Harper Valley P.T.A. is a cool change for Barbara Eden fans all you ever see her on is on i dream of jenny this movie is a nice change is showes her acting tallents nicely
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw Harper Valley PTA and it was a very good movie. Actually it was really funny. It hits home even in the year 2000, where people are always gossiping about someone else and spreading rumors, without taking notice of their own lives and actions. As the old saying goes, ''the pot calling the kettle black'', well that describes the people in the movie. It is a good comedy, yet true to life.