Ode to Billy Joe 1976
– 1h 46 min. | Drama | 4 June 1976 (USA)
In 1950s Mississippi, teenager Bobbie Lee Hartley navigates her blossoming hormones as she is courted by Billy Joe McAllister, who is headed for tragedy.
While this good film is no masterpiece, it certainly has earned its place in Hollywood lore. First of all, the screenplay was co-written by Bobbie Gentry. She hand picked Herman Rauncher (Summer of Forty Two) and spent weeks helping him with the screenplay Belinda (the stripper in the film) is a song from Bobbie’s masterpiece album, PatchWork. Benjamin (the imaginary childhood friend) started out life as a Bobbie Gentry song too. Her vision is all over this film. Her grandparents farm in Mississippi even served as the backdrop for the story.Billie Joe is the first gay character portrayal in film history without a hint of stereotyping. He is full of real depth and humanity. On a production budget of 1 million dollars, this film had a box office run of 50 million. Business savvy Bobbie Gentry still owns 10% of it in her deal with Warner Brothers. Because of its success, Coal Miner’s Daughter would receive a huge production budget in 1979.
Director: Max Baer Jr. (as Max Baer)
Writers: Bobbie Gentry (song), Herman Raucher
Stars: Robby Benson, Glynnis O’Connor, Joan Hotchkis
Release Date: 4 June 1976 (USA)
Also Known As: Ode to Billy Joe
Filming Locations: Greenwood, Mississippi, USA.
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media
Codec ID : isom (isom/iso2/avc1/mp41)
File size : 1.77 GiB
Duration : 1 h 46 min
Overall bit rate : 2 382 kb/s