The Legend of Billie Jean
When you're seventeen, people think they can do anything to you. Billie Jean is about to prove them wrong.
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- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 1, 2011
- Originally Released: 1985
- Label: Sony Pictures Home
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Helen Slater, Christian Slater & Keith Gordon|
|Performer:||Peter Coyote, Richard Bradford, Martha Gehman, Barry Tubb, Yeardley Smith & Dean Stockwell|
|Directed by||Matthew Robbins|
|Screenwriting by||Mark Rosenthal & Lawrence Konner|
|Composition by||Craig Safan|
|Produced by||Rob Cohen|
|Director of Photography:||Jeffrey L. Kimball|
|Executive Production by||Jon Peters & Peter Guber|
...A good turn by Helen Slater in the title role...
Rating: 2/5 -- This far-fetched movie munches on the mythology of heroism but is too manipulative and shallow to be taken seriously.
Spirituality and Practice
Rating: 5/10 -- The Legend of Billie Jean does remain interesting and entertaining throughout its run, even if it is a bit short on plot and a lot short on realism. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- A memorable movie with some fine performances
Rating: 3/5 -- Above average teen melodrama
Classic Film and Television
Has a straight faced camp about itself that makes it a blast from the past worth sitting through Full Review
"The Legend of Billie Jean" is partly intended as a satire of the American machine of celebrity, but it's mostly supposed to be taken straight, and much of the fun of the movie lies in trying to tell the two apart. Full Review
Description by OLDIES.com:
When local rich kid Hubie Pyatt (Barry Tubb) steals and wrecks Binx Davy's beloved motor scooter, Binx's older sister, Billie Jean (Helen Slater), demands the $608 it costs to fix it. Binx shoots Mr. Pyatt (Richard Bradford) by accident and he and Billie Jean flee town accompanied by Billie Jean's girlfriends, Ophelia (Martha Gehman) and Putter (Yeardley Smith). They become fugitives and when they pick up a very willing hostage, Lloyd (Keith Gordon), they become criminals. Billie Jean becomes a legend in her own time, a symbol of freedom to teenagers everywhere. Includes all-new commentary! Newly remastered.
A teenage girl living in Corpus Christi, Texas suddenly finds herself at odds with the police and exploited by schemers. Almost overnight she becomes both an outlaw and a legend.
When a couple of redneck ruffians cause Billie Jean's little brother to wreck his scooter, the young woman embarks on a crusade to recover the $600 that he needs to fix the bike. But what starts out as an campaign to get the cash turns into a full-scale war with the local authorities. Soon Billie Jean becomes a symbol of righteousness and justice, as she changes from an ordinary teenage girl to an outcast crusader.
- Film debut for Christian Slater.
- Color by Metrocolor.
- Additional credit: Lori Weintraub (associate producer).