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Betty Blue (1986)

37°2 le matin (original title)
Zorg is a handyman working at in France, maintaining and looking after the bungalows. He lives a quiet and peaceful life, working diligently and writing in his spare time. One day Betty ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Consuelo De Haviland ...
Clémentine Célarié ...
Richard le jeune policier
Jean-Pierre Bisson ...
Le commissaire (complete version)
Le dealer / Dope dealer (complete version)
Bernard Hug ...
(complete version)
Catherine D'At
Claude Aufaure ...
Le médecin
Louis Bellanti ...
Dominique Besnehard ...
Client pizzeria
Raoul Billerey ...
Le vieux policier


Zorg is a handyman working at in France, maintaining and looking after the bungalows. He lives a quiet and peaceful life, working diligently and writing in his spare time. One day Betty walks into his life, a young woman who is as beautiful as she is wild and unpredictable. After a dispute with Zorg's boss they leave and Betty manages to get a job at a restaurant. She persuades Zorg to try and get one of his books published but it is rejected which makes Betty fly into a rage. Suddenly Betty's wild manners start to get out of control. Zorg sees the woman he loves slowly going insane. Can his love prevail even if it comes to the worst? Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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Release Date:

7 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Betty Blue  »

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Opening Weekend:

$2,438 (USA) (12 June 2009)


$2,003,822 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Frédéric Andréi: When in Paris, Betty briefly goes to the rail tracks and Jules, the postman played by Frédéric Andréi in Diva, also directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix, can be seen walking past her. See more »


After 30 minutes Betty throws Zorg's boss from the porch. She wears only a shirt, her bottom part is clearly nude. She goes inside and starts throwing things out of the window. Then she wears a slip See more »


[first lines]
Zorg: [voice-over] I had known Betty for a week. We screwed every night. The forecast was for storms.
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Referenced in Peep Show: Sectioning (2005) See more »


Gynéco Zébré
Written and Performed by Le Grand Orchestre De Gabriel Yared
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Love in their madness.
7 February 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

It was ten years ago when I saw the two hour version. Watching the director's cut was like seeing it for the first time. This version concentrated more on Jean-Hugues' character Zorg and his love and devotion to the mentally disintegrating Betty. The story takes its time, allowing us to understand Betty's illness and appreciate Zorg's erratic behaviour. The English title can be off putting because the expectations focus on the character Betty, played brilliantly by Dalle.

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