Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw

Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw

Action, Drama | 89 mins | Released: 1980
Director: Mark L Lester
Starring: Marjoe Gortner, Lynda Carter, Jesse Vint, Merrie Lynn Ross, Belinda Balaski, Gene Drew, Peggy Stewart
Our Rating: 5

Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw is a 1976 crime drama film directed by Mark L. Lester. It stars Marjoe Gortner and Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter.

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

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Movie Notes:

It is the only movie in which Lynda Carter has ever appeared in the nude – aside from the prop Playboy centerfold created for her intended appearance in Apocalypse Now and visible in the Redux version.

Film debut of Lynda Carter.

Lynda Carter (born Linda Jean Córdova Carter; July 24, 1951) is an American actress, songwriter, and gay rights activist known for being Miss World USA in 1972 and as the star of the TV series Wonder Woman from 1975 to 1979.

In 1972 Carter won a local Arizona beauty contest and gained national attention in the United States by winning Miss World USA, representing Arizona. In the international 1972 Miss World pageant, representing the United States, she reached the semi-finals. After taking acting classes at several New York acting schools, she made her first acting appearance, in an episode of the 1974 police drama Nakia entitled “Roots of Anger.” She then began making appearances on such TV shows as Starsky and Hutch and Cos and in several “B” movies.

The film was shot in New Mexico.

Lynda Carter sings in the movie, Are You Lonely Like Me, words and music by J.C. Crowley, performed by Lynda Carter although she is uncredited.

Hugh Marjoe Ross Gortner (generally known as Marjoe Gortner; born January 14, 1944 in Long Beach, California) is a former evangelist preacher and actor. He first gained public attention during the late 1940s when his parents arranged for him at age four to be ordained as a preacher, due to his extraordinary speaking ability; he was the youngest known in that position. As a young man, he preached on the revival circuit.

Gortner became a celebrity during the 1970s when he starred in Marjoe (1972), a behind-the-scenes documentary about the lucrative business of Pentecostal preaching. This won the 1972 Academy Award for Best Documentary Film.

Gortner spent the remainder of his teenage years as an itinerant hippie until his early twenties. Hard-pressed for money, he decided to put his old skills to work and re-emerged on the preaching circuit with a charismatic stage-show modeled after those of contemporary rock stars, most notably Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones. He made enough to take six months off every year, during which he returned to California and lived off his earnings before returning to the circuit.

In the late 1960s, Gortner experienced a crisis of conscience about his double life. He decided his performing talents might be put to better use as an actor or singer. When approached by documentarians Howard Smith and Sarah Kernochan, he agreed to let their film crew follow him during 1971 on a final tour of revival meetings in California, Texas, and Michigan. Unbeknownst to everyone involved – including, at one point, his father – he gave “backstage” interviews to the filmmakers between sermons and revivals, explaining intimate details of how he and other ministers operated. The filmmakers also shot his counting the money he had collected during the day later in his hotel room. The resulting film, Marjoe, won the 1972 Academy Award for best documentary.

Gortner capitalized on the success of the documentary. Oui magazine hired him to cover Millennium ’73, a November 1973 festival headlined by the “boy guru” Guru Maharaj Ji. He cut an LP with Chelsea Records titled Bad, but Not Evil, named after his description of himself in the documentary.

Gortner began his acting career with a featured role in The Marcus-Nelson Murders, the 1973 pilot for the Kojak TV series. In 1974 he made several appearances in film and television. In the disaster film Earthquake he was Sgt. Jody Joad, a psychotic grocery manager-turned-National Guardsman and the main antagonist. He starred in the television movies The Gun and the Pulpit and Pray for the Wildcats, and appeared in an episode of Nakia, a 1974 police drama on ABC.

Gortner portrayed the psychopathic, hostage-taking drug-dealer in Milton Katselas’s 1979 screen adaptation of Mark Medoff’s play When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? He starred in a number of B-movies including The Food Of The Gods (1976), Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw (1976), Viva Knievel! (1977), and Starcrash (1978).

In the early 1980s Gortner hosted the short-lived reality TV series, Speak Up, America. He appeared frequently in the 1980s Circus of the Stars specials. He also played a terrorist preacher in a second season episode of Airwolf, and appeared on Falcon Crest as corrupt psychic-cum-medium “Vince Karlotti” (1986–87). His last role was as a preacher in the western Wild Bill (1995).

Notable Quotes:
Sheriff Hicks: “Holy shit, Leroy, look what happened here!”

Essie Beaumont: “Lyle, why don’t we just give up now before things go too far?”
Slick Callahan: “Your idea sucks.”

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