The Legend of Billie Jean (1985) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Legend of Billie Jean1985

The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)




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A modern-day Joan of Arc takes to the road in this unusual teen story. Helen Slater stars as Billy Jean Davy, the pretty older sister of the mischievous Binx (Christian Slater). When Binx's beloved motor-scooter gets trashed by the spoiled son of a local shop owner, Billy Jean demands payment for the damage. Smarmy shop owner Pyatt (Richard Bradford) agrees, only to lure Billy Jean to an upstairs room where he attempts to rape her. Injuring Pyatt, the brother- and sister-duo go on the run with some trailer-park friends, cutting across Texas while making a name for themselves as local heroes. Implausible at every turn, the film is memorable though for Helen Slater's spunky performance.

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Helen Slater
as Billie Jean
Peter Coyote
as Ringwald
Mona Lee Fultz
as Donna Davey
John M. Jackson
as Kenny's Father
Rodney Rincon
as Police Sergeant
Caroline Williams
as Woman in Pickup
Rudy Young
as Man in Pickup
Bobby Fite
as Mini-Mart Boy
Kim Valentine
as Mini-Mart Girl
Janet Smalley
as Putter's Mother
Charles Redd
as News Announcer
Joshua Butts
as Tape Delivery Boy
Ray Hanna
as Jimmy J. Judge
B.J. Thompson
as Interview Boy
Celia Newman
as Interview Girl
Tony Slowik
as Interview Teen
Steve Uzzell
as Poster Customer
Jim Miller
as Boy No. 2
Rod Pilloud
as Robbery Victim
John Wolfshohl
as Kid No. 1
Barbara Durham
as Teen Customer
Cass Gabriel
as Young Boy
Thomas M. Jarrett
as Policeman No. 1
Forrest Patton
as Policeman No. 2
Antony Peraino
as Kid in Crowd No. 1
Kenneth Beall
as Kid in Crowd No. 2
Robert Wassell
as Parking Attendant
Sage Parker
as TV Reporter
John Edson
as Marksman
Cathleen Sutherland
as Girl in Camaro
Angela Churchill
as Cadillac Driver
Stephanie Shook
as Cadillac Passenger
Peter Bonanno
as Reporter No. 1
Sharon Holmin
as Reporter No. 2
Joy Swan
as Young Customer
Kathryn Childers
as Anchor Woman
Kenneth Searle
as Worker No. 1
Al Geatano
as Worker No. 2
Sonya Robbins
as Young Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Legend of Billie Jean

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

"The Legend of Billie Jean" is partly intended as a satire of the American machine of celebrity, but it's mostly supposed to be taken straight, and much of the fun of the movie lies in trying to tell the two apart.

January 4, 2018 | Full Review… agreeable drama that ultimately fares best in its briskly-paced first act...

October 3, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It vacillates wildly between excellence and incoherence from moment to moment; it would likely be a cult classic if only anyone remembered that it existed.

July 30, 2020 | Full Review…

The Legend of Billie Jean does remain interesting and entertaining throughout its run, even if it is a bit short on plot and a lot short on realism.

October 9, 2014 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Has a straight faced camp about itself that makes it a blast from the past worth sitting through

May 19, 2013 | Full Review…

Em seu esforço risível para criar um ícone de independência, rebeldia e juventude, o filme soa apenas incrivelmente absurdo, artificial e patético, mesmo que Helen Slater seja uma protagonista obviamente sedutora.

January 3, 2009 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for The Legend of Billie Jean

I loved this movie, Helen Slater is fantastic as the strong young woman trying to get justice. This is a great adventure, it's a teen road movie and crime drama sort of movie. I love it and I highly recommend it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Enjoyable little 80's rebel yell, despite what the critics (and most everyone) said.

Michael S
Michael S

Super Reviewer


It was cheap but fun to watch.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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