Ode to Billy Joe

Ode to Billy Joe

In this sensitive drama based on Bobby Gentry's haunting 1967 hit song, 18-year-old Billy Joe McAllister is in love with 15-year-old Bobbie Lee, but her father refuses to allow her to receive gentlemen callers before she's 16. While the other local boys slake their overwhelming adolescent sexual urges with prostitutes, a drunken Billy Joe succumbs to another sort of temptation. Later, guilt over his homosexual encounter causes Billy Joe to jump off the Tallahatchee Bridge.
In this sensitive drama based on Bobby Gentry's haunting 1967 hit song, 18-year-old Billy Joe McAllister is in love with 15-year-old Bobbie Lee, but her father refuses to allow her to receive gentlemen callers before she's 16. While the other local boys slake their overwhelming adolescent sexual urges with prostitutes, a drunken Billy Joe succumbs to another sort of temptation. Later, guilt over his homosexual encounter causes Billy Joe to jump off the Tallahatchee Bridge.