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Ode to Billy Joe (1976)

PG
106 min | Drama

At last, we're given the answers to the questions raised by the haunting 1967 Bobbie Gentry song of the same title. Eighteen- year-old Billy Joe McAllister is in love with Bobbie Lee, but her father refuses to allow her to receive ...See moreAt last, we're given the answers to the questions raised by the haunting 1967 Bobbie Gentry song of the same title. Eighteen- year-old Billy Joe McAllister is in love with Bobbie Lee, but her father refuses to allow her to receive gentlemen callers before she's sixteen. In the Mississippi Delta, in a time before the boondocks had seen television and indoor plumbing, a young man's fancy turns constantly to thoughts of love. Billy Joe is no different in this regard and his persistence is making it difficult for Bobbie Lee to maintain her virtue (the dog-earred issues of "Torrid Romance" don't help either). Perhaps an indictment of the artificial conventions of society, the film demonstrates the tragic consequences of a young couple's first awkward grapplings with love and sex. As Bobbie Lee says shortly after Billy Joe's lifeless body is dragged from the Tallahatchie River, "What do I know of love... I'm only a child." Yet, there seems little doubt that what she feels for the dead boy is love. Could he have loved her so well? Written by Anonymous See less
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Max Baer Jr. (as Max Baer)
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Frank Morriss (as Frank E. Morriss)
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Robby Benson
Billy Joe McAllister Billy Joe McAllister   See fewer
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Glynnis O'Connor
Bobbie Lee Hartley Bobbie Lee Hartley   See fewer
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Joan Hotchkis
Anna 'Mama' Hartley Anna 'Mama' Hartley   See fewer
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Sandy McPeak
Glenn 'Papa' Hartley Glenn 'Papa' Hartley   See fewer
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James Best
Dewey Barksdale Dewey Barksdale   See fewer
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Terence Goodman
James Hartley James Hartley   See fewer
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Becky Bowen
Becky Thompson Becky Thompson   See fewer
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Simpson Hemphill
Brother Taylor Brother Taylor   See fewer
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Ed Shelnut
Coleman Stroud Coleman Stroud   See fewer
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Eddie Talr
Tom Hargitay Tom Hargitay   See fewer
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William Hallberg
Dan McAllister Dan McAllister   See fewer
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Frannye Capelle
Belinda Wiggs Belinda Wiggs   See fewer
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Rebecca Jernigan
Mrs. Thompson Mrs. Thompson   See fewer
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Ann Martin
Mrs. Hunicutt Mrs. Hunicutt   See fewer
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Will Long
Trooper Bosh Trooper Bosh   See fewer
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John Roper
Trooper Ned Trooper Ned   See fewer
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Pat Purcell
Alabama Boy #1 Alabama Boy #1   See fewer
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Jim Westerfield
Alabama Boy #2 Alabama Boy #2   See fewer
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Jack Capelle
Alabama Driver Alabama Driver   See fewer
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Al Scott
Master of Ceremonies Master of Ceremonies   See fewer
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Peggy Kubena
Stripper / Prositute Stripper / Prositute   See fewer
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Paul Hughes Sr.
Band Leader Band Leader   See fewer
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Michael D. Carlin
Hunicutt Kid (uncredited) Hunicutt Kid (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.5 / 10 | 1,309 votes