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:
Number One
Loren Hardeman III
Sally Hardeman
Angelo Perino
Alicia Hardeman
Lady Bobby Ayres
Jake Weinstein
Betsy Hardeman
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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Release Date:

9 February 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Harold Robbins' The Betsy  »

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$17,685,000 (USA)

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Three famous Newport, Rhode Island mansions were used for filming Loren Hardeman's home. They were The Elms, Rosecliff, and The Breakers, all of which have been featured in many other movies, before and since. Also featured in the movie are glamorous estate houses in Palm Springs, California and Santa Barbara, California. See more »


Lady Bobby Ayres: You want the whole f*****g empire, don't you?
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Referenced in The Ecstasy Girls (1979) 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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