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Buster and Billie (21-Aug-1974)

Directors: Daniel Petrie; Sidney Sheldon

Writers: Ron Bartron; Ron Turbeville

Keywords: Drama

Scandalously featuring Jan-Michael Vincent in full monty.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Robert Englund
Actor
6-Jun-1947   The original Freddy Krueger
Clifton James
Actor
29-May-1921   Sheriff J. W. Pepper
Pamela Sue Martin
Actor
5-Jan-1953   Fallon Carrington on Dynasty
Jan-Michael Vincent
Actor
15-Jul-1944   Airwolf

CAST

Jan-Michael Vincent   ...   Buster Lane
Joan Goodfellow   ...   Billie Jo Truluck (blonde)
Robert Englund   ...   Whitey
Clifton James   ...   Jake
Pamela Sue Martin   ...   Margie Hooks (Buster's fiancee)

REVIEWS

Review by T. Butler (posted on 6-Sep-2005)

Buster and Billie is one of those rare, essential films, not unlike Closely Watched Trains or High Sierra. It deals in archtypes as timeless as the fated children in Romeo and Juliet, and the dark underpinnings of the pack-mentality in Blackboard Jungle.

It is a tragedy, bathed in drama; nailed together by Joan Goodfellow's wonderful performance as the poverty stricken, ill fated country girl, and possibly the only truly fine dramatic performance ever given by Jan Michael Vincent, as her socially converted knight in shining armor. See it and you will not forget it.


Review by C.Hash (posted on 25-Jan-2008)

I'm 51 years old. I saw this movie in the 70's. It has haunted me ever since. Almost like it touched my soul. The acting was so good and the storyline is exactly that of a small town and a teenage girl who just wanted to fit it, be accepted, be loved. This story could be seen today and it would "fit". Some things about growing up never change.


Review by anonymous (posted on 10-Jun-2006)

I have not seen this film in years-literally years-however the essential resonances of the film stay with you like the more permeable memories of your own experiences...the film is terribly haunting, it is woven of an exquistie tenderness that stands in stark contrast to the common and ugly character of people. The lead actors are heartbreaking and credible, and the film's climax imposes a forlorn weight upon the viewer. In my case that weight did not diminish with time.


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