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The 1967 Bobby Gentry hit song of the same title is expanded to tell why a young man jumped to his death off the Tallahatchie Bridge. The problems of growing up in the rural South and teenage romance do not match the appeal of the theme song. Benson and O'Connor, however, work well tegether.

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Available on Running time 106 minutes.

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Bridges, Suicide, American South, Coming of Age, Adapted from a Song, Teen Angst, Teen Romance
Robby Benson, Glynnis O'Connor, Joan Hotchkis, Sandy McPeak, James Best
Max Baer

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Ode to Billy Joe
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Ode to Billy Joe originated from the song. The movie came out in 1976, with a run time of 106 minutes. The movie, Ode to Billy Joe, tells the rest of what the song left out. The movie is about eighteen year old Billy Joe McAllister (Robby Benson). He’s dating Bobbi Lee Hartley (Glynnis O’Connor) and he even confesses his love to her. But soon, he starts questioning his thoughts on love because he starts to feel that he might be gay. The two basically go through teenage drama, dealing with society, and teenage romance. From all the stresses in Billy Joe’s life, he decides to throw himself off the Tallahachee Bridge.