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Ode to Billy Joe (1976)

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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

PG,

Drama, Gay & Lesbian

Feb 12, 2014

Warner Home Video

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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (3)

Very weak plot, acting based on flash hit song of the '70s.

February 19, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Ode to Billy Joe

Great song but a dull indifferently acted movie.
January 13, 2011
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jay nixon

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Not the 'manliest' of movies, in fact you could plausibly retitle it Brokeback Bridge, but I never get tired of watching it. I had quite the crush on Glynnis O'Connor back in my youth. She was sorta' the Juliette Lewis of the seventies, all soft and girl-next-doorishly sexy. Still hard to believe that Robby Benson passed her up for a roll in the hay with James Best. Dude, what were you thinking!?
July 4, 2009
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