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Encyclopedia > Ode to Billy Joe (film)

Ode to Billy Joe is a 1976 film. The film is based on the novel by Herman Raucher (who also wrote the screenplay) and stars Robby Benson and Glynnis O'Connor - which, in turn, were based on the 1967 hit song by Bobbie Gentry, also titled "Ode to Billie Joe" (note different spelling). // Events March 22 - Filming begins on George Lucas Star Wars science fiction film. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ... Daniel Defoes Robinson Crusoe; title page of 1719 newspaper edition A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ... Herman Raucher Herman Raucher (born April 13, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York) is a Jewish American author who has written several novels and screenplays, among them the popular Summer of 42 and The Great Santini. ... A screenplay or script is a blueprint for producing a motion picture. ... Robby Benson (born Robin David Segal on 21 January 1956) is an American actor. ... Glynnis OConnor (born November 19, 1956 in New York City) is an American actress, perhaps best known for her work in the mid 1970s, including her lead actress role in the TV version of Our Town and the film Ode to Billy Joe, both of which co-starred Robby... See also: 1966 in music, other events of 1967, 1968 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 15 - The Rolling Stones appear on The Ed Sullivan Show. ... Bobbie Gentry (born July 27, 1944) is an American singer-songwriter. ... Ode to Billie Joe is a 1967 album by Bobbie Gentry. ...


Gentry's song recounts the night of June 3, 1953, when Billie Joe McAllister committed suicide by jumping off the Tallahatchie Bridge on Choctaw Ridge, Mississippi. When Gentry and Raucher got together to work on the screenplay, she explained that while the song was based on an actual event, she had no idea why the real person characterised as "Billie Joe" had killed himself. Raucher thus had a free hand to pick one. June 3 is the 154th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (155th in leap years), with 211 days remaining. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1953 calendar). ... Suicide (from Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the act of willfully ending ones own life. ... The Tallahatchie River flows from Tippah County, Mississippi to Leflore County, Mississippi, where it joins the Yalobusha River to form the Yazoo River. ...


The film was directed and produced by Max Baer, Jr. (of The Beverly Hillbillies fame as Jethro Bodine). The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... A film producer creates the conditions for making movies. ... Max Baer Jr. ... The Beverly Hillbillies was a TV sitcom about a hillbilly family living in Southern California in the 1960s. ...


Plot

Set in 1960, the film explores the budding relationship between Bobbie Lee Hartley (O'Connor) and Billy Joe McAllister (Benson). 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ...


Hartley and McAllister struggle to form a relationship despite resistance from Hartley's family, who contend she is too young to date. They develop the relationship, despite the odds in their way. One night at a party, however, McAllister gets drunk. In his inebriated state, he makes love to another man dressed in drag, though later he reveals he knew what he was doing. He bids an enigmatical goodbye to Hartley. Overcome with guilt, McAllister subsequently kills himself by jumping off the bridge spanning the Tallahatchie River in Mississippi. Infirmary of a rock festival Drunkenness, in its most common usage, is the state of being intoxicated with ethyl alcohol to a sufficient degree to impair mental and motor functioning. ... The word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings over time. ... Drag in its broadest sense means a costume or outfit that carries symbolic significance, but usually refers to the clothing associated with one gender role when worn by a person of the other gender. ... The Tallahatchie River flows from Tippah County, Mississippi to Leflore County, Mississippi, where it joins the Yalobusha River to form the Yazoo River. ... Official language(s) English Capital Jackson Largest city Jackson Area  Ranked 32nd  - Total 48,434 sq. ...


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Ode to Billy Joe (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (293 words)
Ode to Billy Joe is a 1976 film.
The film was directed and produced by Max Baer, Jr.
Set in the early 1950s, the film explores the budding relationship between Bobbie Lee Hartley (O'Connor) and Billy Joe McAllister (Benson).
Ode to Billie Joe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (500 words)
"Ode to Billie Joe" was a massive number-one hit single in the USA between August and September 1967 written and performed by Bobbie Gentry, a singer-songwriter from Chickasaw County, Mississippi.
The poster's tagline, which treats the film as being based on actual events and even gives a date of death for Billy (June 3, 1953), led many to believe that the song was based on actual events.
Here, Billy is struggling with his sexual identity, being in love with the song's narrator but finding himself sexually attracted to a man. One night he gets drunk and ends up having sex with a man he met at a dance; Billy is so tormented by this that he kills himself.
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