Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw (1976)

Director: Mark L. Lester

Writer: Vernon Zimmerman

Composer: Barry De Vorzon

Starring: Marjoe Gortner, Lynda Carter, Jesse Vint, Merrie Lynn Ross, Belinda Balaski, Gene Drew, Peggy Stewart, Gerrit Graham, John Durren, Virgil Frye

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Bobby Jo was a car hop, she wanted to be a country singer. He was a hustler who dreamed he was Billy The Kid. For a while they had something... and then...

Plot: A young country-star wannabe takes off from her carhop career to join with a young, modern Billy the Kid wannabe for an adventure in theft, murder and mayhem.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Here's a mediocre (then) modern day BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967) that's got something no other movie has...

Lynda Carter's super power of YOWZA!  Soak it in boys & girls, soak it in. It's got the usual mischief leading to bigger crimes of robbery and murder along with the expected outcome of cinematic B&C wannabe's.  The Western locations are nice (I love driving out West) and the film moves along about as well as expected for this minor drive-in picture.

Gortner & Carter make a good team with their wild-eyed dreams of self-imposed importance.  They aren't as tough or cool as they think which kept me from caring as much as the filmmakers would like (you know, 'cause they were wondering what I'd think, seeing it nearly thirty years after it was filmed) but that probably wasn't the intention of the filmmakers. Maybe they wanted the audience to see them as half-losers.  It's an OK time killer but this picture would be best served up as a drive-in double feature, giving you the chance to make out with your best gal (or dude) during the slow parts.

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