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Ode to Billy Joe

Overview

Bobbie Gentry's hauntingly enigmatic 1967 hit single served as the inspiration of this story of unrequited teenage love. In 1953, Bobbie Lee Hartley Glynnis O'Connor is 15 years old and in love with 18-year-old Billy Joe McAllister Robbie Benson. Unfortunately, Bobbie's father Sandy McPeak and mother Joan Hotchkis forbid her to date until she's 16, and until then, Billy Joe and Bobbie Lee are supposed to be content with occasional meetings after church on Sunday. The teenage lovers sometimes steal away for ...
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Overview

Bobbie Gentry's hauntingly enigmatic 1967 hit single served as the inspiration of this story of unrequited teenage love. In 1953, Bobbie Lee Hartley Glynnis O'Connor is 15 years old and in love with 18-year-old Billy Joe McAllister Robbie Benson. Unfortunately, Bobbie's father Sandy McPeak and mother Joan Hotchkis forbid her to date until she's 16, and until then, Billy Joe and Bobbie Lee are supposed to be content with occasional meetings after church on Sunday. The teenage lovers sometimes steal away for meetings on the Tallahatchie Bridge, but while the other local boys are able to slake their frustrations with the prostitutes imported for the occasional town dances, a booze-addled Billy Joe succumbs to another sort of temptation, and his guilt first destroys his relationship with Bobbie Lee, and then leads to his self-destruction. Ode to Billy Joe was produced and directed by Max Baer,Jr., best remembered as Jethro Bodine on The Beverly Hillbillies.
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Special Features

Vintage Featurette Bobbie Gentry - A Voice of the South; Theatrical Trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2013
  • UPC: 883929022335
  • Original Release: 1976
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,589

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robby Benson Billy Joe McAllister
Glynnis O'Connor Bobbie Lee Hartley
Joan Hotchkis Mrs. Hartley
Sandy McPeak Mr. Hartley
James Best Dewey Barksdale
Terence Goodman James Hartley
Simpson Hemphill Brother Taylor
Rebecca Jernigan Mrs. Thompson
Pat Purcell Youth In Car
James Westerfield Youth In Car
Jack Capelle Youth in Car
Becky Brown Becky Thompson
Ed Shelnut School Bus Driver
Eddie Tair Tom Hargitay
Al Scott Master of Ceremonies
William Hallberg Dan McAllister
Frannye Capelle Belinda Wiggs
Ann Martin Mrs. Hunnicut
Will Long Trooper Bash
John Roper Trooper Ned
Technical Credits
Max Baer Jr. Director, Producer
Alan Bergman Score Composer, Songwriter
Marilyn Bergman Score Composer, Songwriter
Anthony Brand Asst. Director
Roger Camras Producer
Harry Gordon Set Decoration/Design
Michel Hugo Cinematographer
Philip M. Jefferies Art Director
Darin Knight Sound/Sound Designer
Michel Legrand Score Composer
Frank Morriss Editor
Richard Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Herman Raucher Original Story, Screenwriter
Mark Sussman Associate Producer
Marvin Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ode to Billy Joe
1. Chapter 1 [10:02]
2. Chapter 2 [14:28]
3. Chapter 3 [8:35]
4. Chapter 4 [10:18]
5. Chapter 5 [9:36]
6. Chapter 6 [9:07]
7. Chapter 7 [1:00]
8. Chapter 8 [9:20]
9. Chapter 9 [14:09]
10. Chapter 10 [10:25]
11. Chapter 11 [5:52]
12. Chapter 12 [3:14]
13. Chapter 13 [:00]
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Disc #1 -- Ode to Billy Joe
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   Chapters
   Special Features
      Short Feature: Bobby Gentry - A Voice of the South
      Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Emotionaly Wrenching

    I have seen this movie many times. And it's like a story for all time.<BR/>when young love goes awry. And bad choices are made that can be life <BR/>changing. But it is truely touching. And if you are a person that watches<BR/>this movie and doesn't cry at least once then you have no heart

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2004

    good

    Well Iv seen the movie, and the end doesnt fully go with the story of the two lovers did they give in to temptation the end percieves they did but it never shows in the movie, it always stopped before it could really get THAT far. Other wise i loved the move, it realy showed the truth behind, 'Young Love'.

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    Posted February 20, 2009

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