VIDEO ARCHIVES WEEK: Buster and Billie (1974)

VIDEO ARCHIVES NOTES: This movie was discussed on the April 11, 2023 episode of the Video Archives podcast and can be found on their site here.

Buster Lane (Jan-Michael Vincent) has it all. He’s handsome, popular and engaged to his ravishing high-school sweetheart Margie Hooks (Pamela Sue Martin). He has everything he needs. Except, well, sex. For that he turns to Billie-Jo Truluck (Joan Goodfellow) just like all the other boys in town.

Thing is, Buster falls in love with her. And Billie-Jo falls in love with him. She opens up for the first time and experiences a life she never thought she would ever live. And then Buster’s friends, upset that they can’t have sex with her, rape and kill her. Billie hunts them down, killing two and putting two more in the hospital. He gets out of jail just in time for her funeral, which only his parents attend, and he tears every gorgeous garden in town to shreds to give her the flowers she deserves.

Directed by Daniel Petrie (The Betsy), this was based on real-life events that occurred in writer Ron Turbeville’s South Carolina place of birth. He wrote the story with Ron Batron and the script himself. It’s also the first film of Robert Englund.

Hoyt Axton did the theme song, Sydney Shelton may have directed some of it and oh yeah, this is the first mainstream American movie to have its male star appear completely nude.

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