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The Betsy (1978)

R  |   |  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
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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9 February 1978 (USA)  »

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Harold Robbins' The Betsy  »

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$17,685,000 (USA)

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This film is listed among The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE® MOVIE GUIDE. 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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My favorite guilty pleasure movie.
11 July 1999 | by (Birmingham, Alabama) – See all my reviews

Serious cineasts, GO AWAY! Watch this film for the pure pleasure of getting down and dirty in a potboiler. Lust! Greed! Passion! Murder! Seduction! Even MAFIA!

And see Laurence Olivier ham it up like crazy with the goofiest accent you'll ever hear!

Oh, yeah. I forgot ... Hate! Fear! Wealth! Decadence!

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