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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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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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Jergens
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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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She was a nobody until someone found... See more »

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Comedy | Mystery

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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)  »

Also Known As:

A Arma de Betty Lou  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,721,911 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Alex Perkins: You can have the house, the furniture. I don't want anything. Except Scarlett. I want the fucking dog.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Swamp Diamonds (1993) See more »

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Surfin' on Jupiter
Written by Atom Benjamin Ellis
Performed by Psychefunkapus
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Enjoyable romantic comedy
24 January 2004 | by (Tucson, Arizona) – See all my reviews

I beg to differ with the previous reviewer. On the contrary, this film does have a plot and is funny, with a rewarding ending. It is a light comedy, true. What I liked about it is that it is not just another cookie-cutter formula Hollywood movie. The plot is unique and believable, the writing is intelligent, the acting is adequate, the conclusion is appropriate to the plot. The two main characters, Betty Lou and Alex, grow and mature from their initial portrayal.

It is not a major film, but it is rewarding in its own way, an enjoyable way to spend 89 minutes. Lots of fun.


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