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The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  10 February 1975 (USA)
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A dramatization of the famous 1893 Massachusetts trial of the woman accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an ax.

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Ed Flanders ...
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Emma Borden
Don Porter ...
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Mr. Andrew Borden
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Sylvia Knowlton
John Beal ...
Dr. Bowen
Helen Craig ...
Alan Hewitt ...
Mayor Coughlin
Gail Kobe ...
Alice Russell
Robert Symonds ...
Andrew Jennings
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Julien Ralph
Iggie Wolfington ...
Store proprietor
Amzie Strickland ...
Adelaide Churchill
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Elizabeth Montgomery stars as Lizzie Borden, a 19th-century Massachusetts woman, who is put on trial for the brutal slaughter of her father and step-mother in the family mansion. She is accused of hacking up her parents with an ax after carefully removing her clothes to avoid bloodstains. Based on fact and considered shocking at the time for a TV-movie. Written by alfiehitchie

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Lizzie Borden took an ax, gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, gave her father forty-one.

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Lizzie Borden - kirvesmurhaaja  »

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In 1976, Elizabeth Montgomery told reporter Joan E. Vadeboncoeur about a letter she received after the film aired which left her perplexed. "One guy wrote a critique that went on for three pages. It was very articulate. I put it down and looked at the envelope and it was from a state institution. I'm wondering what he was in for. He didn't tell me." See more »

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High voltage power cables on pylons can be seen on the hills behind the Borden house. See more »

Quotes

Adelaide Churchill: Lizzie what's wrong?
Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Borden: Oh Mrs Churchill, do come in. Someone has killed Father.
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Stylish, icy cold examination of a murderess
11 February 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Atmospheric, rather violent and shocking television-made movie from 1975 didn't ignite a great deal of controversy upon its original airing, yet it is still quite potent and scary today (arguably, if made today, it would have to be a cable movie with a strict rating). Elizabeth Montgomery is chilling as Lizzie Borden, who wishes she could sleep with one eye open at night after her father and stepmother end up axed in their home. The courtroom theatrics (including the examination of a too-clean skull) are a little bit histrionic, but check out Montgomery's half-smile in the final scene: she is very convincing here, positively riveting. Well-directed and memorably, straightforwardly played out, without a hint of camp.


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