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Ode to Billy Joe (1976)

PG 06/04/1976 (US) DramaRomance 1h 45m

What the song didn't tell you, the movie will.


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.


  2. Herman Raucher


Top Billed Cast

  1. Robby Benson

    Robby Benson

    Billy Joe McAllister

  2. Glynnis O'Connor

    Glynnis O'Connor

    Bobbie Lee Hartley

  3. Joan Hotchkis

    Anna 'Mama' Hartley

  4. Terrance Goodman

    James Hartley

  5. Sandy McPeak

    Sandy McPeak

    Glenn 'Papa' Hartley

  6. James Best

    James Best

    Dewey Barksdale

  7. Becky Bowen

    Becky Thompson

  8. Simpson Hemphill

    Brother Taylor

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Ode to Billy Joe
Ode to Billy Joe

Status Released

Original Language English

Budget $1,100,000.00

Revenue $27,000,000.00


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