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Pursy Hominy Will // A LOVE SONG FOR BOBBY LONG (2004)

Shooting: July 21 - August 17, 2003 in New Orleans
Festivals: 61st Venice Fim Festival, 8th Hollywood Film Festival
Release date: USA: December 29, 2004(limited), January 21, 2005
DVD Release: n/a
Director: Shainee Gabel
Writer: Shainee Gabel (based on Ronald Everett Capps' soon-to-be-published novel, 'Off Magazine Street')
Co-Stars: John Travolta, Gabriel Macht, Deborah Kara Unger, Dane Rhodes, Brooke Allen
Studio: Lions Gate Films / Produced by El Camino Pictures
Rating: R
Runtime: 91 minutes
Country: USA
Colour: Colour
Genre: Drama
Official Site: ALoveSongForBobbyLongMovie.Com / Italian Site

// Plot Summary
It's the poignant story of a wayward girl and two men, each scarred by their pasts, who struggle to mend their broken lives and create a home together in a forgotten section of New Orleans. Upon hearing of her mother's death, jaded teenage loner Purslane Hominy Will returns to New Orleans for the first time in years, ready to reclaim her childhood home. Expecting to find her late mother's house abandoned, Pursy is shocked to discover that it is inhabited by two of her mother's friends: Bobby Long, a former literature professor, and his young protégé, Lawson Pines. These broken men, whose lives took a wrong turn years before, have been firmly rooted in the dilapidated house for years, encouraged only by Lawson's faltering ambitions to write a novel about Bobby Long's life. Having no intention of leaving, Pursy, Bobby Long and Lawson are all forced to live together. Yet as time passes, their tenuous, makeshift arrangement unearths a series of buried personal secrets that challenges their bonds, and reveals just how inextricably their lives are intertwined... A story about love and human frailty, A LOVE SONG FOR BOBBY LONG is at once a lyrical ode to the rich, decaying romanticism of New Orleans and a powerful drama about lives haunted by the past.

// Status
October 17, 2004
The film is being shown at the Hollywood Film Festival

September 28, 2004
Lions Gate Films aquires North American theatrical and pay TV rights

September 2+3, 2004
The film is being shown at the 61st Venice Film Festival in the category Orizonti

July 21, 2003
Shooting begins in New Orleans. (Ends August 17, 2003)

May 27, 2003
Scarlett will star opposite John Travolta

// SJ.Org Featurettes
Gallery
A Love Song for Bobby Long Stills, On Set, Trailer Captures
Premiere Venice Film Festival, Hollywood Festival, Press Conference

// Quotes
Scarlett on Pursy I don't think she feels sorry for herself. That's what's so great about the character. Pursy has made something of herself with her parents being completely absent. She doesn't dwell on the past or how things could have been. She's very realistic. Pursy quite literally comes in and the shades fly up and the light comes in. She's putting a mirror up to them and saying, 'I might be young and I might be uneducated, but this is what I see. You guys are a mess.'

Scarlett on the filming I'm just so grateful that our cast is so giving. We got so lucky. As an actor, it's just been a wonderful.
Scarlett about New Orleans New Orleans is a character itself in the film. And its such a sexy, dirty hot place to be, that I think it influenced all of us pretty much. It's such a spiritual place that the eclipse the characters make in the film couldn't really happen anywhere else, I think.

Scarlett on John Travolta The two of us are so excited to be in a film together. We just work well together. We gel. We bring good stuff out of each other. We make each other feel like it's a big shindig.

We worked so great together. John is just so gifted and giving, and he's such an amazing, caring human being. And after all this time, he still has the ability to surprise an audience. Have you seen him in the last couple of months? Well, I won't spoil the surprise, but wait until you see what he's done physically to play this part. It's unbelievable, and he's brilliant.

Scarlett on Shainee Gabel Shainee doesn't fill the voids with words. The silent moments that our characters have and the words that our characters use are filled with so much. She's a brilliant writer. The script is so beautiful. As an actor, you're never fishing for something that isn't there.

John Travolta on Scarlett Scarlett is a stunning young actor. She's impressive. And she knows what she's doing way beyond her years.

Shainee Gabel (director) on Scarlett She was amazing. And it struck me that, even as a little kid, there was this incredible old soul wisdom. She just really understood what she was doing and what she was feeling at such a young age. If there's such a thing as a natural, it's Scarlett.

She's a joy. She'll try it five different ways and each one of the five will be the perfect version of what you're looking for.

R. Paul Miller (producer) on Scarlett Scarlett is the perfect Pursy. She has an edge and naturalness about her. She seems to inhabit the role.

Nathan Larson (composer) on Scarlett I've completed work on a lovely movie called 'A Love Song For Bobby Long', starring John Travolta and the ravishing Scarlett Johansson, who has to be one of the most beautiful humans in the world , next to my wife, naturally. Travolta and Scarlett rip it up. Did somebody say....Oscar? You know Travolta's overdue for it.

// Interesting Fact
(Quote from Production Notes) Two years after The Horse Whisperer (that would have been in 2000, note by Maria), Johansson read Gabel's script and had the first of several meetings with the director. Despite the several years it took to secure financing for the film, Johansson and her manager/mother, Melanie Johansson, a co-producer, never wavered in their commitment to bring the project to fruition.

// Additional Links
The Internet Movie Database
John Travolta: Travolta Fever
Gabriel Macht: Loving Gabriel Macht

Articles:
Big Easy life inspires movie, The Times-Picayune, October 28, 2003 // The Story behind the film
Production Notes, Lions Gate Films // Behind the Scenes


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