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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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Storyline

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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Trivia

The European theatrical version of the movie shows Elizabeth Montgomery's nudity during the scene when she kills her parents. In that version she is shown standing naked, covered in blood, holding an ax. In the ABC version, careful editing implies her nudity while never actually showing her naked. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Maggie the maid: Mean old skinflint!
Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Borden: Watch your tongue!
Maggie the maid: I've heard you say it plenty of times.
Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Borden: But it's not your place.
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An amazing movie!
23 August 1999 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

I remember the controversy when the film aired originally, but it wasn't until years later that I saw it. When I did see it, I was amazed by the high quality of it. This movie is much better than the majority of theatrical releases being made today. Elizabeth Montgomery gives a wonderful performance, and the script is intelligent, rich with subtext, and explores many themes (feminism, incest, murder trials as media events) which are still relevant.

The 1970s were a great time for made-for-TV movies, and this film is a shining example of that excellence. Today's filmmakers could learn a lot from this terrific production.


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