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Nurse Betty (2000)

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Comedy about a widow's post-traumatic obsession with a soap star.



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A Kansas City waitress with dreams of becoming a nurse becomes delusional after seeing her no-good car salesman husband murdered. Becoming delusional from shock, she becomes convinced that she is the former fiancée of her soap opera idol. What she also believes is that the soap opera is real and goes to LA to find the hospital where he works as a cardiologist. Meanwhile, her husband's murderers are searching for the drugs stolen by her husband and, as luck would have it, they are stored in the trunk of the car she drove off in. Freeman, an aging hit man planning his retirement after this job, also becomes delusional about the woman he is tracking. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 September 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Betty  »

Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£69,723 (UK) (1 September 2000)


$25,167,270 (USA) (15 December 2000)

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In a 30 second TV spot for "Nurse Betty", the blood on Betty's nurse dress from helping the young man in the ambulance was dyed blue per MPAA guidelines. See more »


As Charlie and Wesley are walking away from their broken down car, they argue about the picture of Betty that Charlie keeps looking at. Wesley grabs the picture from Charlie's hand and rips it into 3 pieces. Charlie runs back and picks it up and puts the pieces back together. Only now it is only torn in 2 pieces. See more »


Del: You know these actors are mainly models, which are mainly faggots. And the rest are assholes... Know what bugs me the most about those soaps. It's people with no lives, watching other people's fake lives.
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An underrated movie on how people sometimes don't see the difference between reality and fiction
6 January 2005 | by (Tessenderlo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Nurse Betty is really an interesting movie. I guess we all know someone who is so convinced that the characters in a soap opera are real, that you can't explain them with any means that these are just actors and not real persons.

'Nurse Betty' isn't a nurse at all. In real life she is an ordinary housewife who works at a diner. To escape from her awful husband and the problems in her miserable life, she has become a very dedicated fan of a soap opera. After she witnessed her husband being murdered, she goes into some kind of a shock and she loses all grip on reality. She thinks she's in love with one of the characters from the soap opera, a doctor, and decides that she'll visit him and start a family with him. The hit men however think that she knows too much and go after her to kill her.

As I already said, the subject is quite recognizable (if you leave the professional hit men and the murder out of it) and the movie was funny. The story was well directed and the actors did a fine job. It had everything I always want to see when watching a comedy. I give it a 7.5/10.

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