- Acting of Lead Performers
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I remember seeing this as a young teen and not believing that Billy Joe was homosexual. There is not ONE allusion to him desiring men. Not one. He's a poetic character and full of energy in his pursuit of Bobby Lee just like my husband was with me when I was 15 and he was 17. The screenwriter did a great job with the coming of age film 'Summer of '42 but fails miserably with this film. The dialogue is forced and the accents are terrible. The only redeeming thing about this film is the incomparable Robby Benson - he's the reason this film has haunted me and I couldn't wait to see it again.
Billy Joe and Bobbie Lee!
- Raymond Banacki
Lovely, charming love story between a boy and a girl that, in an unexpected twist, turns strangely homophobic.
Ode to Billy Joe
Bless their hearts. They did the best they could w/that dialogue. And they needed a real southerner for a dialect coach; those are some of the worst southern accents ever. . . but then they usually are in most movies! Anyway, even tho I like Robby and Glynnis very much, just didn't care for much of anything about this movie.
I had forgotten this film existed. It's OK but that's all. Glynnis O'Connor is the highlight of the film. She is endearing and believable. Otherwise, because we already know how this story ends, it's one long cliche. The film is loaded with lots of Southern folks and they are all endlessly sweating. While some might argue this is an accurate portrayal of Mississippi life, there isn't one single African American in the movie. There are plenty of scenes of sunrises, lush forests and lazy rivers but it feels overdone. Much of the dialogue feels hollow with the exception of Ms O'Connor speaking to her mother (who plays the part very well). Because we know the ending before the movie starts, it's difficult not to look at that bridge and wonder exactly how Billie Joe kills himself. The fall cannot be more than 20 feet into water. Unless he took a full swan dive and hit bedrock, his suicide is not believable. Maybe the film worked over forty years ago, but its predictability doesn't work today. It offers something of an explanation of the popular song, but it doesn't do justice to Bobbie Gentry's mysterious and haunting lyrics.
I was so happy to finally see this movie on TCM. Simple yet thought provoking movie. Thank you for adding Ode to Billy Joe to your programming.
ode to billy joe
why do you not ever air this movie
Ode To Billy Joe
One of the simplest but most beautiful films ever made.I do not understand why this is not offered through your site for purchase on DVD when hundreds of films that do not hold a candle to this film is.I watch TCM quite frequently and you are pushing your 2010 movie guide.If movies like this are not available to purchase then I do not see much point in purchasing the guide.