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Betty Blue (1986) More at IMDbPro »37°2 le matin (original title)

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Philippe Djian (novel)
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Release Date:
7 November 1986 (USA) See more »
A lackadaisical handyman and aspiring novelist tries to support his younger girlfriend as she slowly succumbs to madness. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Zorg

Béatrice Dalle ... Betty (as Beatrice Dalle)

Gérard Darmon ... Eddy (as Gerard Darmon)
Consuelo De Haviland ... Lisa
Clémentine Célarié ... Annie (as as Clementine Celarié)

Jacques Mathou ... Bob

Vincent Lindon ... Richard le jeune policier
Jean-Pierre Bisson ... Le commissaire (complete version)

Dominique Pinon ... Le dealer / Dope dealer (complete version)
Bernard Hug ... (complete version)
Catherine D'At
Claude Aufaure ... Le médecin
Louis Bellanti ... Mario
Dominique Besnehard ... Client pizzeria
Raoul Billerey ... Le vieux policier
Nathalie Dalyan ... Maria (as Nataly Dalian)
Nicolas Jalowyj ... Le petit Nicolas
André Julien ... Le vieux Georges (as Andre Julien)
Daniel Millot
Marthe Moudiki-Moreau
Robyn Bernard ... Deuxième locataire (as Bernard Robin)
Claude Confortès ... Propriétaire des bungalows (as Claude Confortes)

Philippe Laudenbach ... L'éditeur, Le gynéco
Leonie Berthuit ... La morte
Frédéric Caratini ... Archie (as Frederic Caratini)
Raymond Julien ... Le vieux type décès
Jacky Galibert ... L'infirmier musclé
Fabien Béhar ... (complete version)
Simon de La Brosse ... (complete version)
Franck-Olivier Bonnet ... (complete version)
Eugène Berthier ... (complete version)
Christine Datnowsky ... (complete version)
Claude Duneton ... (complete version) (as Claude Dureton)
Jessica Forde ... (complete version)
Rabah Loucif ... (complete version)
Bernadette Palas ... (complete version)
Laurence Renn ... (complete version)
Stéphane Verbiest ... (complete version)

Directed by
Jean-Jacques Beineix 
Writing credits
Philippe Djian (novel)

Jean-Jacques Beineix (written by)

Produced by
Claudie Ossard .... associate producer
Jean-Jacques Beineix .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Gabriel Yared (original music)
Cinematography by
Jean-François Robin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Marie-Aimée Debril (extended version)
Monique Prim 
Pablo Ferro (uncredited)
Casting by
Dominique Besnehard 
Production Design by
Carlos Conti 
Set Decoration by
Jacques Leguillon 
Costume Design by
Elisabeth Tavernier 
Makeup Department
Judith Gayo .... hair designer
Judith Gayo .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Jérôme Chalou .... production manager (complete version)
Volker Lemke .... production manager
Serge Paolotti .... trainee unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martine Bernath .... trainee assistant director
Jean-François Chaintron .... first assistant director
Laurent Duquesnoy .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jean-Jacques Aissa .... carpenter (as Jacques Aissa)
Jean-Jacques Aissa .... painter (as Jacques Aissa)
Antoine Berthet .... carpenter
Antoine Berthet .... painter
Guy Chouard .... carpenter
Guy Chouard .... painter
Renaud Colas .... property master
Régis Des Plas .... first assistant decorator
Kim Doan .... construction coordinator
Milan Filip .... carpenter
Milan Filip .... painter
Antônio Grassi .... carpenter
Antônio Grassi .... painter
Jean-François Leuret .... carpenter
Jean-François Leuret .... painter
Christophe Lomax .... carpenter
Christophe Lomax .... painter
Daniel Mauvignier .... chief painter
Louis Morand .... carpenter
Louis Morand .... painter
Yves Moreno .... carpenter
Yves Moreno .... painter
Denis Moutereau .... carpenter
Denis Moutereau .... painter
Jacques Quinternet .... set dresser
Sound Department
Anne-Marie Aulnay .... post-synchronisation assistant
Michel Barlier .... post-synchronisation sound engineer
Pierre Befve .... sound
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Julien Cloquet .... sound engineer
Martine Cuisinier .... assistant sound editor
Christine Dewavrin .... sound editor
Jean Duguet .... foley engineer
Patrick Egreteau .... foley assistant
Pierre Excoffier .... sound assistant (as Pierre Excoffier)
Dominique Hennequin .... sound
Jean-Louis Lebras .... post-synchronisation boom operator
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... foley artist
Mariette Lévy-Novion .... sound editor (as Mariette Levy-Novion)
Mario Melchiorri .... foley assistant
Claude Plouganou .... post-synchronisation engineer
Special Effects by
Christian Bourqui .... rain
Jean-François Cousson .... rain
Philippe Ferrer .... special effects: fire
Pierre Foury .... special effects: fire
Chantal Adment .... car stunt
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunts
Yves Gabrielli .... car stunt
Alain Guerillot .... car stunt
Philippe Vittoriani .... fall stunt
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean Atanassian .... gaffer
Michel Atanassian .... electrician
Guy Canu .... key grip
Ariane Damain .... first assistant camera
Bruno Delbonnel .... second assistant camera (as Bruno Delbonnel)
Bernard Estève .... electrician
Dominique Fourny .... grip
Patrick Gasché .... electrician (as Patrick Gashe)
Marianne Rosenstiehl .... set photographer
Casting Department
Hervé Austen .... casting assistant
Huguette Mathieu .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charlotte David .... costumer
Editorial Department
Dimitra Arapoglou .... editor trainee
Sophie Bastien-Groult .... editor trainee (as Sophie Bastien Groult)
Catherine-Alice Deiller .... first assistant editor (as Catherine Alice Deiller)
Alain Minot .... assistant editor: second unit
Yves Deschamps .... editor: second unit (uncredited)
Music Department
Patrick Bourgoin .... musician: saxophones
Bruno Creange .... music producer
Nicolas Jalowyj .... musician: piano solo
Etienne Mialet .... musician: saxophones
Jean-Jacques Milteau .... musician: harmonica
Slim Pezin .... musician: guitars
Georges Rodi .... music supervisor
Gilbert Roussel .... musician: Accordéon
Patrice Tison .... musician: guitars
Gabriel Yared .... conductor
Gabriel Yared .... musician: Claviers
Other crew
Lise Bèraha .... trainee manager
Thierry Canu .... crane machinist
Jean-Pierre Chamayou .... outdoor manager
Denis Courtot .... trainee manager
Francis Gal .... trainee manager
Henri Gilles .... production administrator
Jonathan Gontar .... screenplay translator
Catherine Hommet .... production secretary
Sylvie Koechlin .... script girl
Gabrielle Mairesse .... unit publicist
Gérard Marcireau .... outdoor manager
Catherine Mazières .... general manager
Romain Pache .... trainee manager
Catherine Pierrat .... assistant manager
Christian Thurot .... groupman
Julia Wagner .... financial consultant
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"37°2 le matin" - France (original title)
"37.2 Degrees in the Morning" - International (English title) (literal title)
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120 min | 185 min (director's cut) | Taiwan:185 min (director veresion)
Color (Fujicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Belgium:KNT/ENA (original rating) | Canada:R (director's cut) (Ontario) | Canada:R (theatrical cut) (Ontario) | Chile:14 (DVD rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:12 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2005) | Iceland:16 | Japan:R15+ (edited version) (2013) | Japan:R18+ (re-rating) (2012) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:16 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | South Korea:18 (cut) (1988) (director's cut) (uncut) (2000) | Sweden:15 | Taiwan:R-18 (2016) | UK:18 | USA:Unrated (director's cut) | West Germany:18 (original rating)
Filming Locations:

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The opening beach scenes are Gruissan, near Narbonne.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Eddy's mother is lying dead on the bed, she is clearly breathing.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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Movie Connections:
Humecter La MontureSee more »


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40 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Funny, sexy, romantic, off-beat and a personal favourite., 26 October 2005
Author: Peter Hayes from United Kingdom

A happy-go-lucky odd job man (Jean-Hugues Anglade as Zorg) falls in to a relationship with a slightly unhinged -- but very sexy/sexual -- French teenager named Betty (Béatrice Dalle in her debut role.)

There are very few films that are totally different from anything you have seen before. While sexually explicit -- it is far from objectionable because the two parties are in love and passionate about one another.

Betty Blue/37°2 le matin doesn't really fall in to any one category -- going from farce to tragedy, stopping off at oddball. The two leads are amazing in their chemistry -- they really do look and act like they are in love. Also what an amazing debut by the Dalle, although her later life has shown that she has plenty of the Betty Blue in her for real.

(Was this script written with her in mind? -- my search for the truth goes on.)

Starting the film with a sex scene sets the film off on the totally the wrong foot. While the film is about sex -- and at times sexual repression -- there are times when it looks like it was set in a nudist camp. Even Jean-Hugues Anglade strolls around with it all on show -- thankfully he looks like he has kept up his gym membership.

The scene in which Betty throws the whole of the fixtures and fittings of the beach apartment out of the window was stolen by a famous car advert (in the UK) and it really is a stretch of the imagination in that Zorg doesn't respond to it. He just paints on and lets her get on with it -- like he doesn't care.

(I think we all know how we would react in a similar situation and it wouldn't be like Zorg!)

This has great cinematography with every scene framed to perfection. The dour insides of the French household and the generally dirty oven and sink (usually with two weeks worth of dishes in them.) Very true if you know that part of the world!

The repeating, irregular, piano theme tune is what cinema is about -- when in the hands of people that know how to marry both mediums. Images and music fitting together to form a perfect marriage. Fantastic and moving.

The famous Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times gives this low marks -- citing too much flesh being on display (among other faults) -- and this is sad given that he gave Kill Bill Part One top marks. A woman making love to a man she is in passionately in love with is tasteless -- a homicidal woman slicing the arms of a whole room of gangsters is OK?

Roger -- I respect you a great deal, but you are as wrong as Leslie Halliwell (author of the world's most famous film guide book) when he gave Close Encounters no stars at all.

You should come over here (Europe) a bit more. Walk about the beaches of France and Spain and look at the amount of flesh on display and the way people show affection for one another without glancing 'round to see who is looking. True it has one or two sex scenes too many -- as I hinted before -- but it is sex that means something and is about something.

Betty Blue is one of my top 200 films of all time and while it has its limits and its faults (it does sag a little in middle) it remains a powerful piece of work about living with crazy people and how easily good times can slip in to bad. I think if the sex was toned down and there was a bit more of the comedy/romance in the centre than this could easily be part of the IMDb top 200. Not that this really matters all that much.

A product that only the French could make and one gets under your skin and stays there.

This review is a reference to the original cinema cut.

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