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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 <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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She's chasing a dream... they're chasing her. See more »

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

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8 September 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Betty  »

Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£69,723 (UK) (1 September 2000)

Gross:

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

Kathleen Wilhoite and Pruitt Taylor Vince guest starred together in Quantum Leap's "Moments to Live", where Sam is kidnapped by an obsessed (and mentally unstable) soap opera fan. See more »

Goofs

None of the computer monitors visible have power cables connected. See more »

Quotes

[about to perform a medical procedure on a gunshot victim]
Betty: No, I have to do this or he'll die. It's OK, I've seen it done once.
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Referenced in Getaway: Episode #17.15 (2008) See more »

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Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Séra, Séra)
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Performed by Emilio Pericoli
Courtesy of Orfeon Records
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For The Adventurous Only
25 March 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

People keep asking "is this a romantic comedy?", "a black comedy?", "a violent thriller?". If you're the kind of person who is not comfortable with a film unless you can safely store it into one of five or six comfy little categories, move on (or as Jack Black says, "go to the mall!"). To quote Roger Ebert, "audiences lobotomized by one-level stories may find this confusing". It's really a sweet little comedy that breaks a number of 'sweet little comedy' rules, by introducing real terror and a few (count 'em

  • 3) scenes with a bit of gore. Like Jonathan Demme's minor masterpiece,


SOMETHING WILD, we are taken out of a safe little world (Kansas, literally) to another dimension. This dimension is part Oz and part grit. Oz is the fantasy life of the main characters (for Zellweger it's Kinnear, the fictional doctor on a soap opera, and for Freeman it's Zellweger, who he sees as a sort of modern Doris Day). Intertwined with the fantasy is the frighteningly realistic fact that Freeman and his son Wesley, are hit men. What hit men do ain't pretty. I'm personally relieved that this is not a cute comedy with 'widdle cuddwly' hit men who are really not so bad because after all, their violence is bloodless: we can overlook what they do. UH-UH! We are not left off the hook that easily! On the other hand, Morgan Freeman is an authentically charming guy, and in many ways, this film contains some of the most sparkling romance (real and/or imagined) that's been seen on the screen in a long time! This indeed is a film that breaks many conventions while celebrating others, but be forewarned, this is not a safe, cuddly film. You're not in Kansas anymore!


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