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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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Herrick
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Detective Frank
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Mr. Marchat
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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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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)  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Ann Orkin: Am I supposed to feel sorry for you? If you're unhappy drink. Get laid. See a shrink like normal people.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Swamp Diamonds (1993) See more »

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Smouldering Fury Part B and Part C
Written by T. Duncan
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Silly drama/comedy with Penelope Ann Miller...
3 June 2010 | by (Evansville, Indiana USA) – See all my reviews

1st watched 6/1/2010 -- 3 out of 10(Dir-Allan Moyle): Silly drama/comedy with Penelope Ann Miller playing the title role of librarian Betty Lou from a small town in Missouri who finds a gun that just happened to be a murder weapon, and then lies -- saying she committed the murder to get attention. She's the quiet wife of a town cop who spends too much time at work and nobody else in the town takes her seriously, unfortunately. Once she lies though, she immediately gets the attention she wants and people listen to her and she enjoys this at first. A couple of thugs in jail then teach her the ways of being bad, which is supposed to be funny but isn't. She kind of becomes a female robin hood to the townsfolk, but eventually realizes she wants her husband back. She lost him because of all the lies, including an alleged affair. She then reveals the truth and the movie becomes a thriller with her having to save herself and her lawyer, played by Alfre Woodard(in a thankless role), from a local mobster. The main problem with this movie is that it didn't know what it wanted to be from the very beginning. If it would have picked something -- comedy, drama or thriller -- and tried to execute that -- it would have been much better. Instead we get a movie that didn't perform any of the elements very well and therefore the movie wasn't very enjoyable.


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