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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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The nickname of Loren Hardeman (Laurence Olivier was "Number One". See more »


Loren Hardeman: Son, I hate to say this, but in your heart you know it anyway. You're not within twenty years of running a company bigger than a bicycle shop, let alone a great company like mine.
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" Now he's in the Cat-bird seat, where you put him "
26 February 2011 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Among all the novels written by Harold Robbins, this is my favorite. Following the book is much easier and if I must say so, a lot more seductive. Comparing the book to the movie, I can only appreciate the film is quicker to entice me to stay interested. The novel is superior, yet the cast in the film is much more believable. Directed by Daniel Petrie, " The BETSY " relates the story of Angelo Perino (Tommy Lee Jones) a professional race car driver and third generation Italian with Mafia connections. Nearly killed in a race, he is summoned to the Hardeman mansion where Loren Hardeman (Laurence Oliver), the patriarch of the family dynasty, purposes to him a secret plan to design a new car, called the BETSY. Although intrigued by the offer, Perino at first refuses, until he is promised a great deal of money and special options to purchase stock in the family run corporation. He must also run the gauntlet of family members out to prevent the secret plan. Among the more powerful is Loren Hardeman III (Robert Duvall) who has definite motives for preventing the building of the new car. Katharine Ross, Jane Alexander and Lesley-Anne Down as Lady Bobby Ayres play the powerful women of the Hardeman family, each, it is discovered have their own reasons for the success or failure of the venture. Betsy Hardeman (Kathlee Beller) is the lynch pin on which Perino and his ambitions will fail or not. Joseph Wiseman and Edward Herrmann are two key players which provide the inner mechanisms of and for the Betsy's future. The over all movie is split into both past and present happenings of how and why family members gravitate towards Perino's project. Steamy scenes and dark family secrets provide the novel's interest and were it not for the powerful performances of Laurence Oliver, Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall, the film, would have tanked. Instead it is now accepted as a film Classic and one representative of the times. ****

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