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Betsy's Wedding (1990)

Offbeat fashion student Betsy Hopper and her strait-laced investment-banker fiancé, Jake Lovell, just want an intimate little wedding reception, but Betsy's father, Eddie, a Long Island ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Hopper
Mr. Hopper - Eddie's Father
Lola Hopper
Stevie Dee
Gloria Henner
Connie Hopper
Harry Lovell
Nancy Lovell
Jake Lovell
Camille Saviola ...
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Offbeat fashion student Betsy Hopper and her strait-laced investment-banker fiancé, Jake Lovell, just want an intimate little wedding reception, but Betsy's father, Eddie, a Long Island construction contractor, feels so threatened by Jake's rich WASP parents that he blows the ceremony up into a bank-breaking showpiece, sending his wife, Lola, into a financial panic. Pressure from Betsy's extended family to include their joint Jewish and Italian-Catholic heritage in the ceremony doesn't do much to assuage the title character's worries, nor does the lovelorn bitterness of her older sister, Connie, who's single, her parents assume, because she has the audacity to pursue the unfeminine profession of police officer. With all of his funds tied up into the money pit of a house he's building, Betsy's dad has to turn to his crooked brother-in-law, Oscar, for financial assistance, and soon a soft-spoken but menacing young mobster named Stevie Dee is supervising Eddie's construction project and ... Written by Anonymous

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The wedding picture doesn't always tell the whole story.


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

22 June 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Three Daughters  »

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Box Office


$19,740,070 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The last movie Alda directed. In a 2016 interview with podcaster Marc Maron, Alda indicated he didn't enjoy directing Betsy's Wedding, adding, "I didn't have fun." When Maron asked why, Alda declined to elaborate, saying "Never mind." He goes on to say "A young director once said of an actor he didn't like working with 'Was he hard to work with?' 'I don't remember'" See more »


Connie Hopper: I'm a cop, and you're... not.
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Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Frankie Avalon
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A wedding in a leaking tent
11 November 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Nothing could bring more rivalry between parents and would be in-laws as a wedding. The young couple in this story has more common sense than their elders. They just want a small affair, but then, the parents get involved blowing the whole thing out of proportion. What a terrible waste these things are. After all, most of them would end up in divorce.

Alan Alda has written, directed and is one of the stars of "Betsy's Wedding", a film about two different families, one struggling, and the other one rich, whose children are going to marry. The comedy is a bit dated. What starts as a small wedding ends up as an elaborate celebration in a tent in the middle of a rain storm. There are a few laughs in the picture.

Best of the whole thing are Ally Sheedy and Anthony LaPaglia who are supposed to be secondary characters. The large cast does what it can with the material they have to play. Alan Alda, Madeline Kahn, Molly Ringwald, Dylan Walsh, Joe Pesci, and Catherine O'Hara are seen as the family members.

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