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The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992)

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

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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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Andy Romano ...
Herrick
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Detective Frank
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Mr. Marchat
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Reba Bush
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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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Betty Lou Perkins: Why is it so hard to believe, that I might be exciting to other men? People have affairs. People have lovers. Why not me, Alex?
Alex Perkins: Cause I never did. I never had anyone but you.
Betty Lou Perkins: You had everyone but me. You had Frank, and the boys, and the force and the bars and the games.
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Four Oscar Nominated Actresses in One Movie!!!
3 December 2005 | by (Alhambra, CA) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag. Though it's a far from great romantic comedy, it does have its funny (and quirky) moments, and a charming performance by Golden Globe Nominee Penelope Ann Miller. It's also a chance to see handsome sexy Eric Thal in a leading role (a shame he didn't become a bigger name!). But what sets Betty Lou apart from other "pretty good" romantic comedies is the fact that it features not one, not two, not three, but four Oscar nominated actresses: Alfre Woodard, Julianne Moore, and Cathy Moriarty, and Catherine Keener, each of whom is delightful in her role. I'll bet the producers had no idea what a goldmine supporting cast they'd assembled. The 89 minute running time suggests a film with many scenes left on the cutting room floor. Too bad there won't be a Special Edition of this one, as I'd love to see those deleted scenes!


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