Country Blue (1975)

R | 95 mins | Drama | 1975

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HISTORY

Preceding the principal cast names in the opening credits, a title card reads: “Sunday, August 20th, Valdosta, Georgia; 16 Miles North of Florida State Line; Temperature-102°; Humidity-96%.”
       End credits include the following acknowledgement: "Special appreciation to The Georgia State Patrol." Also in the end credits, Marlow "Buster" White Jr. is credited just as "Buster White;" and Chesley Rehberg has his last name misspelled as Rehbero.
       The 6 Mar 1973 HR noted that the film’s working title, One for the Money, Two for the Show, had been changed to Country Blue, and stated that the picture was in post production at that time at Samuel Goldwyn Studios in Hollywood, CA. Although the article listed John Caper Jr. as the music editor and Joe Von Stroheim as the sound effects editor, neither gentlemen is listed in onscreen credits.
       Filmmaker Jack H. Conrad reportedly cast actress Rita George after seeing her in a cigarette commercial, according to an article in the 14 Apr 1975 Box.
       The 6 Mar 1973 HR news item also reported that Country Blue filmed on location in FL and GA.
       After the film won a “Golden Tara” award at the 1973 Atlanta International Film Festival for the best Southern film, distributors wanted to release an altered version of the movie, but Conrad edited the picture, hoping to find a distributor who would allow him to maintain control. A 3 Dec 1974 DV news brief announced that Country Blue would be distributed by General Film Corporation (GFC) and given a select run in the southeastern U.S. in ... More Less

Preceding the principal cast names in the opening credits, a title card reads: “Sunday, August 20th, Valdosta, Georgia; 16 Miles North of Florida State Line; Temperature-102°; Humidity-96%.”
       End credits include the following acknowledgement: "Special appreciation to The Georgia State Patrol." Also in the end credits, Marlow "Buster" White Jr. is credited just as "Buster White;" and Chesley Rehberg has his last name misspelled as Rehbero.
       The 6 Mar 1973 HR noted that the film’s working title, One for the Money, Two for the Show, had been changed to Country Blue, and stated that the picture was in post production at that time at Samuel Goldwyn Studios in Hollywood, CA. Although the article listed John Caper Jr. as the music editor and Joe Von Stroheim as the sound effects editor, neither gentlemen is listed in onscreen credits.
       Filmmaker Jack H. Conrad reportedly cast actress Rita George after seeing her in a cigarette commercial, according to an article in the 14 Apr 1975 Box.
       The 6 Mar 1973 HR news item also reported that Country Blue filmed on location in FL and GA.
       After the film won a “Golden Tara” award at the 1973 Atlanta International Film Festival for the best Southern film, distributors wanted to release an altered version of the movie, but Conrad edited the picture, hoping to find a distributor who would allow him to maintain control. A 3 Dec 1974 DV news brief announced that Country Blue would be distributed by General Film Corporation (GFC) and given a select run in the southeastern U.S. in early 1975. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
14 Apr 1975
p. 4772.
Daily Variety
3 Dec 1974.
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Hollywood Reporter
6 Mar 1973.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Millstone Productions, Inc. presents
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d asst dir
WRITERS
Wrt/Orig scr
Wrt/Orig scr
Addl material
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op/1st asst cam
Key gaffer
Photog crew/Asst gaffer
Photog crew/Asst gaffer
2d unit photog
2d unit photog
Key grip/Crane op
Asst grip
FILM EDITORS
SET DECORATOR
Prop coord
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus rec at
Eng
Orig mus score
Orig mus score
VISUAL EFFECTS
Optical consultant
Title des
Spec eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Florida highway patrol
Florida highway patrol
Florida highway patrol
Florida highway patrol
Florida highway patrol
Prod supv
Casting coord
Prod asst
Prod asst
Pub secy
Post prod supv
STAND INS
Stunt coord
SOURCES
SONGS
"Country Blue" written by Abby Marable & Kelly Gordon, featuring Mickey Raphael on Harmonica, sung by Abby Marable
"One More Time" written by Abby Marable & Kelly Gordon, featuring Mickey Raphael on Harmonica, sung by Abby Marable
"I'm Not Strong" written by Abby Marable & Kelly Gordon, featuring Mickey Raphael on Harmonica, sung by Abby Marable.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
On the Run
One for the Money, Two for the Show
Release Date:
1975
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
95
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Upon being released from prison, Bobby Lee Dixon returns to his hometown in Georgia and requests that his former boss, J. J. “Jumpy” Belk, rehire him as a mechanic. Jumpy agrees, then buys Bobby Lee a beer. When Bobby Lee throws the empty cup at an off-duty police officer, J. W. Workman, the boy gets punched. Later, Bobby Lee visits Arneda Johnson, an African American madame, who helped raise him. She offers Bobby Lee a job smuggling cigarettes, but he declines, explaining that he promised his girl friend, Ruthie Chalmers, who is also Jumpy’s daughter, that he would stay out of trouble. That night, Bobby Lee and Ruthie argue. She refuses to divorce her husband because she and Bobby Lee do not make enough money to live on. The next day, while picking up a shipment of sparkplugs in Savannah, Florida, Bobby Lee sees a bank and decides to rob it. After acquiring a pistol and borrowing Jumpy’s truck, Bobby Lee convinces a reluctant Ruthie to help him with the heist. Upon arrival, they notice Officers Suggs, a police deputy, sitting across the street, but go into the bank anyway. During the robbery, Angus Wages, the bank’s president, informs them that they should have come on a payday, as the bank only has a few thousand dollars in the tills. Suggs is scheduled to enter the bank any minute, so Ruthie pleads for Bobby Lee to hurry. He empties only a few drawers before they run outside and drive away. Suggs sees the speeding pickup truck and a car chase ensues, ending at an old farmhouse. ... +


Upon being released from prison, Bobby Lee Dixon returns to his hometown in Georgia and requests that his former boss, J. J. “Jumpy” Belk, rehire him as a mechanic. Jumpy agrees, then buys Bobby Lee a beer. When Bobby Lee throws the empty cup at an off-duty police officer, J. W. Workman, the boy gets punched. Later, Bobby Lee visits Arneda Johnson, an African American madame, who helped raise him. She offers Bobby Lee a job smuggling cigarettes, but he declines, explaining that he promised his girl friend, Ruthie Chalmers, who is also Jumpy’s daughter, that he would stay out of trouble. That night, Bobby Lee and Ruthie argue. She refuses to divorce her husband because she and Bobby Lee do not make enough money to live on. The next day, while picking up a shipment of sparkplugs in Savannah, Florida, Bobby Lee sees a bank and decides to rob it. After acquiring a pistol and borrowing Jumpy’s truck, Bobby Lee convinces a reluctant Ruthie to help him with the heist. Upon arrival, they notice Officers Suggs, a police deputy, sitting across the street, but go into the bank anyway. During the robbery, Angus Wages, the bank’s president, informs them that they should have come on a payday, as the bank only has a few thousand dollars in the tills. Suggs is scheduled to enter the bank any minute, so Ruthie pleads for Bobby Lee to hurry. He empties only a few drawers before they run outside and drive away. Suggs sees the speeding pickup truck and a car chase ensues, ending at an old farmhouse. Bobby Lee and Ruthie hide in the woods, and when Suggs enters the house, they flee in his police cruiser. Later, Jumpy berates Bobby Lee for robbing a bank, and then gives him and Ruthie a car so they can escape to Mexico. After a few hours of driving, Bobby Lee and Ruthie hold up a grocery store for supplies, then stop for a picnic and make love. That night, Bobby Lee reads a newspaper story in which Angus Wages brags about his deceit to the robbers; he made them believe the bank lacked money, but he actually had $20,000 in the vault. Infuriated, Bobby Lee insists they go back and teach Wages a lesson. The next day, they return to the bank, shove a gun in Wages’ face, and demand all the money. The bank president presses a silent alarm, but the robbers get their loot and escape before Suggs arrives. While driving back to Georgia, they are stopped at a police roadblock and arrested. A U.S. Marshall takes them to the local jail, run by Bobby Lee’s nemesis, J. W. Workman. The marshall informs Workman that the FBI will collect the prisoners in the morning. When Bobby Lee is allowed to call Jumpy, he learns that Arneda is coming to break him out. Meanwhile, Ruthie is tossed into a cell with two other women, Stacy and Peggy. Peggy attempts to rape Ruthie, but Stacy helps fight her off. Upstairs, Workman and another jailer beat Bobby Lee until Arneda arrives with two of her “girls,” pretending to look for a friend. Workman orders the jailer to lockup Bobby Lee before helping Arneda. One of the prostitutes offers to keep Workman “company,” but he refuses, telling her he has something special in the women’s block. Workman then brings Ruthie to his office. Meanwhile, Arneda follows the jailer to the cells, hits him with a blackjack, and frees Bobby Lee. Not finding Ruthie in her cell, they free Stacy, break into Workman’s office, and discover him raping Ruthie. Bobby Lee grabs Workman’s gun and pistol-whips him until Arneda pulls him away. As they escape, Workman grabs a shotgun and kills Stacy and one of Arneda’s girls. The jailer comes running, firing a pistol, but Ruthie grabs a gun and shoots him between the eyes. Bobby Lee, Ruthie, and Arneda jump in a car and speed away. Workman gives chase, but he loses control of his vehicle, drives into quarry, and his car explodes. After out-driving another police cruiser, Bobby Lee speeds through an overgrown field, searching for an old wooden bridge that crosses the river that will get them over the state line. Blinded by the underbrush, Bobby Lee drives off a cliff into the river. Unable to rescue Ruthie and Arneda from drowning, Bobby Lee swims to shore. Days later, Bobby Lee arrives at Jumpy’s house in a stolen car. As they sit on the porch, Bobby Lee begs Jumpy for forgiveness and for advice. Jumpy tells him to keep running and gives him money. Bobby Lee drives off, leaving Jumpy sitting on the porch, playing the harmonica. As Bobby Lee turns onto the highway, a police cruiser appears and chases him over the hill. +

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