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Ode to Billy Joe (4-Jun-1976)

Director: Max Baer, Jr.

Writer: Herman Raucher

Keywords: Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Robby Benson
21-Jan-1956   1970s teen idol
James Best
26-Jul-1926 6-Apr-2015 Roscoe P. Coltrane on Dukes
Joan Hotchkis
21-Sep-1927   Ellen Monroe on My World and Welcome to It
Glynnis O'Connor
19-Nov-1956   Ode to Billy Joe


Review by Richard Conner (posted on 5-Sep-2007)

This movie resulted some years after Bobbie Gentry's haunting and enormously popular song of the same name, popular in the late 1960's. The song, and the later movie depict characters in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, and involve a young couple's haunting but doomed romance set within places with wonderful, evocative names such as Choctaw Ridge and the Tallahassie Bridge of the general area. Robby Benson and a quietly charismatic Glynnis O'Connor play the main roles very well, and the movie does the best job it can to encompass the deeper nuances of the song. The plot has some unexpected twists and turns, and outcomes that will hold the viewers attention.

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