Nurse Betty (2000)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  8 September 2000 (USA)
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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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This September Get Ready For Nurse Betty. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paul Threlkeld, the grip on the soap opera set of the show-within-a-show, was the dolly grip for the movie. See more »


When Betty gets to her friend's house after being questioned at the police station, the blankets covering her in bed change drastically. See more »


Sherrif Eldon Ballard: Hey! I'm the law, I ain't gotta do nothing.
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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »


The Cattle Call
Written by Tex Owens
Performed by Eddy Arnold
Courtesy of The RCA Label
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Unique, inconsistent but great
29 August 2003 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

There's much to enjoy here if you like movies because of the actors. I was attracted to this film because of Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock who always deliver, but there's also great acting from the rest of the cast, most notably Zellweger but Kinnear is also perfectly casted as is the rest, no exceptions. All a joy to watch.

And then there's the offbeat plot with a woman living in a fantasy of being a soap character that takes over her life and makes her forget that she was just a waitress in Kansas with a cheating husband who got killed in front of her eyes by hitmen. Sometimes I thought the movie was thrown way off balance with the sudden bloodshed but most of the time it was a very warm film. It was the wonderful, strange mixture between cold reality and movielike fantasy that made it interesting. It's good for a couple of dosed laughs but I would classify this as a tragic comedy with a relatively happy and satisfying ending, tho it may be cheap to some. Funny thing is, as life can be stranger than film, all in the movie could in theory happen! And the focus is still very much on human emotions so in that way the movie is still down to earth.

Better than I expected, this film rules, can't get enough of Morgan or Chris but really everybody did a great job making this film.

8 out of 10

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