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The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Mystery | 21 August 1992 (USA)
An ignored, small-town librarian confesses to a murder she didn't commit to get attention.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mrs. Elizabeth Louise 'Betty Lou' Perkins
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Detective Alex Perkins
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Attorney Ann Orkin
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Herrick
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Detective Frank
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Mr. Marchat
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Jergens
Christopher John Fields ...
Brown
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Reba Bush
Billie Neal ...
Gail
Gale Mayron ...
Pearl
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Charleen Barnes
Reathel Bean ...
Bob Barnes
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Storyline

Betty Lou is a librarian in a very small town. Her husband, Alex, is a police detective who takes her for granted. She is the ultimate mouse. After a gangland figure is mysteriously murdered in town, she finds the murder weapon, but can't get anyone's attention to tell them (we're talking very mousy, here). Finally in a fit of frustration she fires it in a restroom and when taken to the police station insists she is the murderer. It has the desired effect, people do pay attention to her. With hints at social graces from the hookers in her cell block, she's on her way. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Rated PG-13 for violence, and for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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21 August 1992 (USA)  »

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A Arma de Betty Lou  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,721,911 (USA)
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Alex Perkins: You know my wife?
Reba Bush: Yeah.
Alex Perkins: How do you know she like gone with the wind?
Reba Bush: She's a friend of mine.
Alex Perkins: Jesus, she knows everybody. Where the hell was I?
Reba Bush: Well, sugar, I think that was a real good question.
Alex Perkins: What do you mean?
Reba Bush: Where were you?
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Girls Town (1994) See more »

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Wake Up Screaming
Written by Jim Lauderdale and John Leventhal
Performed by Jim Lauderdale
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Not nearly as bad as the comments
22 April 2002 | by (Sacramento) – See all my reviews

A bit too violent to be a comedy, but come on folks, it wasn't that bad. The story is that behind every person is someone to know, and that every person needs to risk and live.

OK, granted Beaudeen didn't have to use the knife in such graphic manners, but overall, good dialogue and decent acting.


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