Watch Ode to Billy Joe

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

Ode to Billy Joe is set in the mid 1950s. The story revolves around a young boy and girl who are exploring their new passions. The movie is based on the hit song made famous by singer Bobbie Gentry. The story takes place in a small town located on the banks of the Tallahatchie River. Billy Joe is the young man, who is enamored with the young and adventurous Bobby Lee. Bobby Lee's father thinks she is too young to date, so the two often have clandestine meetings so Bobby Lee's family will not find out.

As with many teenage couples, Billy tries hard to convince Bobby to take their relationship to a more physical level. Not only does this place pressure on Bobby because of her family's wishes, but the time period also places taboos on having sex before marriage. Bobby's overwhelming love for Billy Joe leads her to agree to a sexual encounter one night. Another strange turn of events happens when a fair comes to town and Billy Joe becomes extremely drunk. There is a line of men going into a tent where sounds of passion are emanating from. In his teenage drunken state Billy Joe makes a decision to enter the tent.

What happens on the night Billy Joe goes into the tent changes the way the story develops. Not able to cope with what happened, Billy Joe disappears for several days. When Bobby Lee does finally see him, he has a completely different personality. Instead of being exuberant and amorous, he is sullen and withdrawn. The story is a dramatic love story between two teens who were not equipped to handle what life gave them. Ultimately, the story has a tragic ending, which leaves viewers wondering about the true nature of the relationship the teens had.

PG
| 1976 | 1 hr 45 min | 6.5/10
Cast
Robby Benson, Glynnis O'Connor, Joan Hotchkis, Sandy McPeak
Language
English
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Ode to Billy Joe 1976 Movie Robby Benson Glynnis O'Connor Tallahatchie Bridge|2:31
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