The Legend of Billie Jean

1985

Action / Drama

78
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 44%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 76%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 7640

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Cast

Helen Slater as Billie Jean
Dean Stockwell as Muldaur
Keith Gordon as Lloyd
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Claudio Carvalho 8 / 10

The Modern Joan of Arc

In Texas, the hot teenager Billie Jean Davy (Helen Slater) lives with her brother Binx (Christian Slater) and her mother in a trailer. In a hot day, she rides with Binx on his scooter to swim in a lake. However, the bully Huble Pyatt (Barry Tubb) steals the scooter with his friends. Billie Jean goes to the police but Detective Ringwald (Peter Coyote) does not give much attention to her. When Binx tries to retrieve his scooter, Huble trashes the scooter and beats Binx up. Billie Jean goes with her brother Binx and her friend Ophelia (Martha Gehman) to the store of Huble's father Pyatt (Richard Bradford) with the repair bill and the old man lures Billie Jean and brings her to his office. Then he harass and tries to rape her. Meanwhile Binx finds a gun in the cash register and her accidentally shoots Pyatt. Billie Jean, Binx. Ophelia and their teenage neighbor Putter (Yeardley Smith) flee from Ophelia's car. They meet the teenager Lloyd (Keith Gordon), who is the estranged son of the D.A. Muldaur (Dean Stockwell), he proposes to be their "hostage" so that the runaway teenagers could get some money for their journey. When Billie Jean watches Otto Preminger 's "Saint Joan" at Lloyd's television, she cuts her hair short and makes a video with her explanation and demands, becoming and icon worshiped by the teenagers. Meanwhile Detective Ringwald finds the mess, he realizes that he should have listened to Billie Jean and tries to fix the situation.

"The Legend of Billie Jean" is a super-cult movie from the 80's and maybe Helen Slater's best film in her career. The plot entwines action and drama and it is delightful to watch. In the 80's, many viewers believed that Helen Slater and Christian Slater were siblings since they have the same last name. The story of a wronged teenager that cuts her hair in Joan of Arc's style and becomes an idol of the youth has not aged and is still wonderful to watch. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Lenda de Billie Jean" ("The Legend of Billie Jean")

Reviewed by Mr-Fusion 6 / 10

Crank up the Pat Benatar and bring on the social justice!

"The Legend of Billie Jean" feels like it blazed the trail for other movies like "Natural Born Killers and "Thelma and Louise", with Helen Slater on the run, Peter Coyote in pursuit and the news media fanning the flames. In that respect, it's a pretty lightweight movie, but it works better as a feminist rallying cry. Slater does a good job in the downtrodden hick-turned-punk fold hero role (that image of here on the movie poster speaks volumes). I think Peter Coyote and Keith Gordon carry the bulk of this, but as a teen movie with a catchy pop soundtrack, it's not bad.

6/10

Reviewed by RavenGlamDVDCollector 6 / 10

hair is an actress's crowning glory, never cut off the hair, pleezz?

Began watching it years after having first seen it in 1993. Thought to myself, I had forgotten how great it is. A little event escalates, and you have these teens on the run. What a great movie. But then, as we go along, as they enter 'the haunted mansion' the wheels come off. The movie turns into a shambles. It all turns to sheet.

I like Helen Slater very much, she is one cool chick, she has the loveliest hair. One complaint in the first half, she's so clearly not motivated to kick that guy in the nuts. I mean, she is not the type. She is too nice. Okay, since I want her in the part, I'm just saying that bit should have been played differently.

But when the hair goes, everything flops. The androgynous look is anathema to me. All of a sudden it looks like two men kissing. Aw shucks man, why ruin (a) the movie and (b) the young oh-so-charming actress?

I am well aware that the people carrying this one's banner high, are the ones who were inspired by this 'fashion statement' but the problem here is the unattractive result of chopping off a 100% wow lead girl's hair and leaving her denuded of the primary sexual attraction that matters most to an enthralled- up-till-midway viewer.

Look at the flick again, all ye who hate my entry. The whole thing becomes an undisciplined mess, except for the rousing soundtrack. Yet there in the first half, it was all lovely locks and coming up roses.

I am a fan of the first half. I absolutely adored Helen. SUPERGIRL was unfortunately a forgettable movie, but this was so much better...

Peter Coyote was very much the ideal choice as well. And Pat Benatar's rising anthem scores full marks. It's amazing that the great hit was used in a little-known movie. Obscure cinemas must have rocked!

But like I said, then they took a wrong turn. And it would take way more than $608 to fix the actress up again.

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