Overview

Billy Joe confesses his love to the lovely Bobbi Lee only to cover his growing fear that he may, in fact, be homosexual. One night, at a barn dance, he gets a little drunk and rather than going with the hired whores, gives into his desires and sexual relations with an unnamed man. The guilt causes him to run away, hide in the woods and eventually confess everything to Bobbi Lee who doesn't want to believe him only because she was enjoying the forbidden nature of their love. In the end, he cannot accept his sexuality nor can he hide behind Bobbi Lee and that's why he throws himself off the Tallahachee bridge.

  1. Max Baer, Jr.

    Director

  2. Herman Raucher

    Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Robby Benson

    Robby Benson

    Billy Joe McAllister

  2. Glynnis O'Connor

    Glynnis O'Connor

    Bobbie Lee Hartley

  3. Joan Hotchkis

    Joan Hotchkis

    Anna 'Mama' Hartley

  4. Terrance Goodman

    James Hartley

  5. Sandy McPeak

    Sandy McPeak

    Glenn 'Papa' Hartley

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Ode to Billy Joe
Ode to Billy Joe

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Status Released

Release Information

  • June 4, 1976
    PG
    Theatrical

    Meaning

    Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain some mild language, crude/suggestive humor, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 45m

Budget $1,100,000.00

Revenue $27,000,000.00

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