6.7/10
8,332
86 user 39 critic

The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama | 19 July 1985 (USA)
Trailer
1:39 | Trailer
A Texas teenager cuts her hair short and becomes an outlaw martyr with her brother and friends.

Director:

Matthew Robbins

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Mark runs a pirate radio station and causes an uproar when he speaks his mind and enthralls fellow teens.

Director: Allan Moyle
Stars: Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Anthony Lucero
Action | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young avid skateboarder uncovers a government conspiracy while investigating his adoptive brother's mysterious death.

Director: Graeme Clifford
Stars: Christian Slater, Steven Bauer, Richard Herd
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A talented young man can't get an executive position without rising through the ranks, so he comes up with a shortcut, which also benefits his love life.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Helen Slater, Richard Jordan
Supergirl (1984)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

After losing a powerful orb, Kara Zor-El, Superman's cousin, comes to Earth to retrieve it and instead finds herself up against a wicked witch.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Stars: Helen Slater, Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Terry feels discriminated against when the summer jobs at Sun Tribune go to 2 guys. She decides to do something about it. She dresses like a guy and gets a haircut. Will students at the other high school notice? Girls notice "him".

Director: Lisa Gottlieb
Stars: Joyce Hyser, Clayton Rohner, Billy Jayne
Summer School (1987)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Freddy the gym teacher has to teach remedial English in summer (high) school, if he wants tenure. As he can only teach gym and his students want fun, emphasis is on "field trips" - until he's fired unless all his students pass the test.

Director: Carl Reiner
Stars: Mark Harmon, Kirstie Alley, Robin Thomas
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The goofy students of a remedial drivers education class find themselves butting heads with their abusive police instructors.

Director: Neal Israel
Stars: John Murray, Jennifer Tilly, James Keach
Lucas (1986)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A socially inept fourteen-year-old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends - Cappie, an older-brother figure, and Maggie, the new girl with whom he is in love - fall for each other.

Director: David Seltzer
Stars: Corey Haim, Kerri Green, Charlie Sheen
Kuffs (1992)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

George Kuffs, 21, leaves a pregnant girlfriend. He visits his brother Brad to bum money off him. Brad's shot and George IDs the killer at SFPD but to no avail. He inherits Brad's patrol district. He keeps it to get the killer.

Director: Bruce A. Evans
Stars: Christian Slater, Milla Jovovich, Ric Roman Waugh
Real Genius (1985)
Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a high-powered laser for a university project. When their professor intends to turn their work into a military weapon, they decide to ruin his plans.

Director: Martha Coolidge
Stars: Val Kilmer, Gabriel Jarret, Michelle Meyrink
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When Keith goes out with Amanda, the girl of his dreams, Amanda's ex-boyfriend plans to get back at Keith. Meanwhile, Keith's best friend, tomboy Watts, realizes she has feelings for Keith.

Director: Howard Deutch
Stars: Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, Lea Thompson
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A nerdy outcast secretly pays the most popular girl in school one thousand dollars to be his girlfriend.

Director: Steve Rash
Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson, Courtney Gains
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Slater ... Billie Jean
Keith Gordon ... Lloyd
Christian Slater ... Binx
Richard Bradford ... Pyatt
Peter Coyote ... Ringwald
Martha Gehman ... Ophelia
Yeardley Smith ... Putter
Dean Stockwell ... Muldaur
Barry Tubb ... Hubie
Mona Lee Fultz ... Donna Davy
Bobby Jones Bobby Jones ... Kenny
John M. Jackson ... Kenny's Father
Rodney Rincon Rodney Rincon ... Police Sergeant
Caroline Williams ... Woman in Pickup
Rudy Young Rudy Young ... Man in Pickup
Edit

Storyline

Average Texas teen, Billie Jean Davy, is caught up in an odd fight for justice. She is usually followed and harrased around by local boys, who, one day, decide to trash her brother's scooter for fun. The boys' father refuses to pay them back the price of the scooter. The fight for "fair is fair" takes the teens around the state and produces an unlikely hero. Written by Jennifer Valley

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

When you're seventeen, people think they can do anything to you. Billie Jean is about to prove them wrong. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fair Is Fair See more »

Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,466,884, 21 July 1985

Gross USA:

$3,099,497

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,099,497
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Yeardley Smith refused to cut her hair for the part. So when Putter cuts her hair, she is wearing a wig. When Putter first appears with her hair cut, the upturned collar on her jacket is to hide the real ponytail tucked in there. See more »

Goofs

When Billie Jean is running from the security at the golf course she gets picked up in the blue Pontiac. After the car drives away the boom mic is visible on the passenger side. See more »

Quotes

Kid #1: [Billie Jean and Putter find 3 kids staring at them] You Billie Jean?
Putter: You got it, bud.
Kid #2: Somebody's just got to help Kenny, he's in a lot of trouble.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

It's My Life
Performed by Wendy O. Williams
Courtesy of Jem Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Billie Jean, "social bandit"
25 October 2005 | by pauletSee all my reviews

The British historian E. J. Hobsbawm developed the idea of the "social bandit," the peasant youth who becomes an outlaw after his honorable resistance to some outrage by the landlord ends with a landlord henchman dead. He calls to others who share his anger at injustice to follow him to the hills where they will lead the outlaw life, stealing only from those whose wealth comes from oppressing the poor, respecting the peasants and righting wrongs on their behalf, and seeking to restore a former condition when the great and powerful behaved decently and treated the poor equitably. (This equitable treatment is also close to what E.P. Thompson called "the moral economy of the poor:" the Honest Loaf, the Fair Day's Wage for a Fair Day's Work--a slogan of early labor unions--etc.)

The social bandit *isn't* a revolutionary--he has no vision of a transformed society, because his horizons are too narrow. He wants the Good Old Days back. He doesn't have a social or political theory; he wants simple decency and justice. He isn't Joan of Arc, fighting to restore a legitimate King, he's much closer to Robin Hood, resisting the oppression of a King who's forfeited the loyalty of the people by not acting as a good King should.

Billie Jean is a social bandit. The events that launch her "career," the actions she performs, and above all her simple watchword "Fair is Fair" clearly put her in the category that includes the Brazilian Lampiao, the Sicilian Salvatore Giuliano, and others. Hardly surprising, since this teenage cult script was written by a formerly blacklisted old Lefty in his seventies, Walter Bernstein, who surely had read Hobsbawm and Thompson and found, I think, a very ingenious way to illustrate their ideas in a 1980's US setting.


21 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 86 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed