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The Betsy (1978)

 -  Drama  -  9 February 1978 (USA)
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The aging, retired founder of an auto giant comes out of retirement to try to develop a safe, fuel-efficient car.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Loren Hardeman
Loren Hardeman III
Sally Hardeman
Angelo Perino
Alicia Hardeman
Lady Bobby Ayres
Jake Weinstein
Dan Weyman
Paul Rudd ...
Loren Hardeman Jr.
Roy Poole ...
John Duncan
Richard Venture ...
Mark Sampson
Titos Vandis ...
Angelo Luigi Perino
Joe Warren
Mrs. Craddock


The patriarch of a family-owned corporation hires a young race car driver to help him design a fuel efficient car in secrecy. They face resistance from the president of the company (the patriarch's grandson), who wishes to eliminate the motor car division because of bad blood between himself and his grandfather. During flashbacks, a parallel set of problems is revealed in the family's past, problems that persist into the present, and the race car driver gets deeper into the web of deception and corporate intrigue. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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The Harold Robbins people. What you dream...they do!




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9 February 1978 (USA)  »

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$17,685,000 (USA)

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Novelist Harold Robbins considered this film to be the "best movie adaptation of any of his works." See more »


Loren Hardeman III: [referring to Loren I] Look at him, the sonuvabitch! Thinks he's cock-of-he-walk again!
Dan Weyman: But not without a certain justification.
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Referenced in The Ecstasy Girls (1979) See more »

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So much talent, so little performance
8 November 1998 | by (Budapest) – See all my reviews

How can you make a bad movie with Olivier, Duvall, Tommy Lee, Katherine Ross, Jane Alexander, and plenty of other capable people?

Study this film to find out.

I felt awful for Olivier. First, let me say that I am a great fan of his, and have worn out my VCR watching him in Wuthering Heights, Rebecca, Spartacus, and other great performances. Having said that, I must now regretfully say that his performance in The Betsy ranks among the worst ever captured on film. He has no clue how to affect an American accent. Worse still, he plays himself in the flashbacks ... and he looks like an old guy on Miami Beach wearing youthful fashions and spray-on hair color. I had to turn away from it at times.

Oh, I wish I had never seen this movie at all.

If you have a choice between this and "Manos", plan on a Torgo evening.

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