'Bobbie Jo & Outlaw'
(Marjoe Gortner, Lynda Carter, et al / DVD / NR / 2011 / MGM)
Overview: A stunning carhop who wants to be a country singer and her sweetheart who dreams he's Billy the Kid become involved in robbery and murder.
DVD Verdict: This film is a drive-in classic! It is exactly what a low-budget movie should be: never boring. It has it all: broads, guns, bloodshed, redneck preacher-gone-bad. Lynda Carter and Belinda Balaski are the standouts in the cast, primarily when they cast off their duds!
That said, the plot is not exactly high-concept. Never mind that these criminal masterminds decide to go on a rampage in New Mexico, where cacti outnumber people. After robbing and shooting someone, they drive another 300 miles and do it again. Surprise, soon the cops are after them. Not that any of that is entertaining, in truth, I agree.
And so, yes, and again, in truth, as much of a classic as it is (to me), the film is a mess, with no rhyme or reason to what they do. The direction is poor, the cinematography is non-existent, and the acting is below community theater levels. The continuity is bad. The blood is terribly fake, which is too bad, because I had hoped someone had actually suffered while making this as much as I did watching it!
And yet, coming full circle, 'Bobbie Jo & Outlaw' is a frickin' drive-in classic! Confused? Watch it and see - hopefully at a still-operational drive-in near you sometime soon! This is a Full Screen presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.