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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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Loren Hardeman
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Loren Hardeman III
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Sally Hardeman
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Angelo Perino
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Alicia Hardeman
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Lady Bobby Ayres
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Jake Weinstein
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Betsy
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Dan Weyman
Paul Rudd ...
Loren Hardeman Jr.
Roy Poole ...
John Duncan
Richard Venture ...
Mark Sampson
Titos Vandis ...
Angelo Luigi Perino
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Joe Warren
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Mrs. Craddock
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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 <esutton@mindspring.com>

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

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Drama

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9 February 1978 (USA)  »

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$17,685,000 (USA)
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The Loren Hardeman character, a Detroit automotive conglomerate, was inspired by automobile industrialist Henry Ford. See more »

Quotes

Angelo Perino: I gather you didn't enjoy being a racer's wife.
Lady Bobby Ayres: Well, let's just say I was a widow long before my husband died.
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Spoofed in National Lampoon's Movie Madness (1982) See more »

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2 hours of my life I'll never get back.
6 June 2004 | by (Beautiful South, USA) – See all my reviews

I bought this film because I LOVE Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones, and it was packed with other great names. The movie misses its mark at every chance. It fails to bring you into caring about the characters, the passion, the evil, etc. I don't know how it could miss with the people involved, but it does. Just the description of the movie was gripping, but the viewing failed to deliver. The era was fascinating. The sets were beautiful. The music was blah. The drama was off center. You should see the chemistry of Jones and Duvall in "Lonesome Dove" to see what is missing in this film. I'm glad I have this chance to comment, as I was dying to tell someone who cares.


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