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The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | History | Mystery  -  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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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 ...
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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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Drama | History | Mystery

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Lizzie Borden - kirvesmurhaaja  »

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Elizabeth Montgomery and Lizzie Borden were sixth cousins once removed, both descending from 17th-century Massachusetts resident John Luther. Rhonda McClure, the genealogist who documented the Montgomery-Borden connection, said, "I wonder how Elizabeth would have felt if she knew she was playing her own cousin." 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

Hosea Knowlton: That woman actually believes she can get off scot-free by hiding behind her skirts.
Sylvia Knowlton: What else has she?
[he looks at her]
Sylvia Knowlton: I'm sorry, Hosea. It just seems that you men have only yourselves to blame if women hide behind their femininity as a last defense. After all, you cast us in this role.
Hosea Knowlton: You look upon your womanhood as a role my dear?
Sylvia Knowlton: It's not always a convenient part to play.
Hosea Knowlton: I've never heard you talk like this. Next you'll be asking for the vote. I gather you sympathize with this murderess.
Sylvia Knowlton: ...
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DON'T WATCH THIS ALONE,TURN ON THE LIGHTS!
30 July 2004 | by (HUXLEY,IOWA) – See all my reviews

If you watch this movie, I recommend that you don't watch it alone, and make sure that you turn on the lights.I watched this made for television movie the first time that it aired, and I was absolutely terrified!I was alone, and I started turning on all of the lights in my apartment.I did not know of the famous murder case at the time.I was amazed that a woman could possibly commit such a dastardly act way back in 1892.I watch this movie once in a while, and it is still as creepy as it was in the 1970s. Elizabeth Montgomery was chilling as Lizzie Borden.I cannot put my finger on what Elizabeth Montgomery did in her portrayal to be so scary, but I can tell you, she was magnificent.The supporting cast was great.Fritz Weaver was superb as the father Andrew Borden. I have always loved Fritz Weaver's work as an actor.Katherine Helmond who played the sister Emma was very effective.Remember her on the television comedy Soap with Billy Crystal?

The music in this movie was very good at setting the mood. The music in the very beginning of the movie lets you know that something horrible has transpired.I think that the scene in the beginning, where the maid Bridget Sullivan raced to different houses looking for help,was really scary.It just helped to build up the tension. I know that if I had been the neighbor lady who went to the house, and saw Lizzie standing in the doorway, with a bizarre look on her face,and she said," someone has killed father", and then she opened the door, there is no way that I would have stepped into the house!I highly recommend this movie to Elizabeth Montgomery fans, and to people who want to see a superior thriller based on a true murder case.


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