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


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8 September 2000 (USA) See more »
She's chasing a dream... they're chasing her. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Morgan Freeman ... Charlie

Renée Zellweger ... Betty Sizemore

Chris Rock ... Wesley

Greg Kinnear ... Dr. David Ravell

Aaron Eckhart ... Del Sizemore

Tia Texada ... Rosa Hernandez

Crispin Glover ... Roy Ostery

Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Ballard

Allison Janney ... Lyla Branch

Kathleen Wilhoite ... Sue Ann Rogers

Elizabeth Mitchell ... Chloe Jensen
Susan Barnes ... Darlene

Harriet Sansom Harris ... Ellen

Sung Hi Lee ... Jasmine

Laird Macintosh ... Dr. Lonnie Walsh

Steven Gilborn ... Blake
Jenny Gago ... Mercedes

Sheila Kelley ... Joyce

Matthew Cowles ... Merle
Wayne Tippit ... Doctor
George Wallace ... Grandfather (as George D. Wallace)
Lesley Woods ... Grandmother

Cynthia Martells ... Chief Nurse

Alfonso Freeman ... ER Doctor

Kevin Rahm ... Friend #1

Steven Culp ... Friend #2

Deborah May ... Gloria Walsh

Max Murphy ... Studio Guard (as Michael Murphy)
Tina Smith ... Waitress
T.J. Kennedy ... Cook (as Mike Kennedy)
Irene Olga López ... Rosa's Mother (as Irene Olga Lopez)

Steve Franken ... Administrator

Kelwin Hagen ... Deputy
Josh Dotson ... Parking Valet (as Joshua Dotson)
Dona Hardy ... Woman Patient
Paul Threlkeld ... Grip
José Vásquez ... Gang Member (as Jose Vasquez)
Jack Jacobson ... Stagehand

Elaine Corral Kendall ... Anchor (as Elaine Corral-Kendall)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stacy Haiduk ... Soap Opera Nurse (scenes deleted)

Christopher McDonald ... Duane Cooley (scenes deleted)
Michelle Carmen Gomez ... Woman at Bar (uncredited)
Toby Linz ... Sue Ann's Son (uncredited)
Hillary Straney ... Woman in Hotel (uncredited)

Jenny Wade ... Diner Waitress (uncredited)

Directed by
Neil LaBute 
Writing credits
John C. Richards (story)

John C. Richards (screenplay) &
James Flamberg (screenplay)

Produced by
Moritz Borman .... executive producer
Steve Golin .... producer
W. Mark McNair .... associate producer
Gail Mutrux .... producer
Stephen Pevner .... executive producer
Albert M. Shapiro .... associate producer (as Albert Shapiro)
Chris Sievernich .... executive producer
Philip Steuer .... executive producer
Original Music by
Rolfe Kent 
Cinematography by
Jean-Yves Escoffier  (as Jean Yves Escoffier)
Film Editing by
Joel Plotch 
Steven Weisberg 
Casting by
Heidi Levitt 
Monika Mikkelsen 
Production Design by
Charles William Breen  (as Charles Breen)
Art Direction by
Gary Diamond 
Set Decoration by
Jeffrey Kushon 
Costume Design by
Lynette Meyer 
Makeup Department
Deena Adair .... hair stylist: Mr. Freeman
Andre Blaise .... key hair stylist (as André Blaise)
Colleen Callaghan .... hair stylist: Ms. Zellweger
Debra-Lee Davidson .... makeup artist
Lisa Deveaux .... makeup artist: Mr. Rock
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist: Mr. Freeman (as Michael A. Hancock)
Desne J. Holland .... key makeup artist (as Desne Holland)
Sharon Ilson .... makeup artist: Ms. Zellweger
Sharon Ilson .... makeup department head
Scott Julion .... hair stylist: Mr. Rock
Tracey Levy .... makeup artist
Mary Kim .... makeup effects crew: Cannom Creations (uncredited)
Keith VanderLaan .... makeup effects producer: Cannom Creations (uncredited)
Production Management
Tim Clawson .... unit production manager
Fabiomassimo Dell'Orco .... production manager: Rome
Steven Kaminsky .... post-production supervisor
Marion Douglas .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Hardage .... second second assistant director (as Philip L. Hardage)
Susan J. Hellmann .... second assistant director
Enrico Mastracchi Manes .... first assistant director: Rome
Albert M. Shapiro .... first assistant director (as Albert Shapiro)
Philip Steuer .... second unit director
Filippo Fassetta .... second assistant director: Rome (uncredited)
Art Department
Henry Alberti .... set designer
Nancy M. Bates .... assistant property master
Tracy Farrington .... property master
Robert Loyal Good .... assistant property master
Werner Hoetzinger .... set dresser
Heidi Hublou-Nunnally .... set dresser (as Heidi Hublou)
Paul A. Minitello .... lead scenic (as Paul Minitello)
Melissa Mollo .... graphic designer
Fred Paulsen .... set dresser (as Fred M. Paulsen)
Rhonda Paynter .... on-set dresser
Richard Puga .... stand-by painter
Jimmy Simeone .... set dresser
Stan Tropp .... set designer
Daniel Turk .... construction coordinator (as Dan Turk)
Larry J. White II .... lead man
Ron Ashmore .... scenic foreman (uncredited)
Cosmas A. Demetriou .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sara Gardner-Gail .... buyer (uncredited)
John Sweeney .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Danny L. Turk .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bruce Barris .... sound effects librarian
Bob Beher .... supervising foley editor
Thor Benitez .... adr recordist
Felipe Borrero .... sound mixer
Lance Brown .... sound designer
Lance Brown .... sound re-recording mixer
Eddie Bydalek .... sound recordist
Thomas Cunliffe .... boom operator (as Thomas M. Cunliffe)
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Shawn Egan .... assistant sound editor
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Tony Flores .... assistant sound engineer
Benjamin Ing .... stereo sound consultant: SDDS
John Keating .... stereo sound consultant: DTS
Shawn Kennelly .... adr mixer
Shawn Kennelly .... foley mixer
Steve Mann .... sound editor
Michael A. Morongell .... sound re-recording engineer
Steve Nelson .... sound editor
Anthony Ortiz-Quinones .... sound utility
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
Chris Staszak .... adr recordist
Becky Sullivan .... supervising adr editor
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Eric Thompson .... foley mixer
Robert Troy .... sound editor
Tim Tuchrello .... assistant sound editor
Donald L. Warner Jr. .... sound editor
Aaron D. Weisblatt .... sound editor
Bernard Weiser .... sound editor
Richard E. Yawn .... supervising sound editor
Anthony Ortiz .... boom operator (uncredited)
Aaron Rihel .... sound transferer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Larz Anderson .... special effects coordinator
Shea Clayton .... on set artist: Captive Audience Productions
Rick Bongiovanni .... special effects crew: Cannom Creations (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Liz Radley .... video & computer graphics supervisor (as Elizabeth Radley)
Patrick Clancey .... effects compositor of video playback material (uncredited)
Kurt Hall .... video consultant (uncredited)
Rafael Macho .... title designer (uncredited)
Simone Boisseree .... stunts (as Simmone Boissereé)
Charlie Brewer .... stunt coordinator
Kelly Brown .... stunts
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (as Billy Burton Jr.)
Mike Ceballos .... stunts
Leonard Creer Jr. .... stunts (as Leo Creer Jr.)
Tim Gilbert .... stunts
Jack Gill .... stunts
Steve Holladay .... stunts (as Steve Holaday)
Mike Ryan .... stunts
Kevin Scott .... stunts
Scott Workman .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Bauman .... gaffer
Bruce Birmelin .... still photographer
Martin Bosworth .... rigging gaffer
Robin Bursey .... camera loader
Michael Cassidy .... second assistant camera (as Mike Cassidy)
Michael A. Chavez .... camera operator (as Michael Chavez)
David Diamond .... rigging best boy electric
Oscar Gomez .... rigging best boy grip
Jorge H. Guzman .... key grip
Al Lieberman .... rigging key grip
Dean Lyras .... director of photography: second unit
Mark Marchetti .... best boy electric
Todd McMullen .... first assistant camera
Eric L. Roberts .... video assist operator (as Eric Roberts)
Paul Threlkeld .... dolly grip
Scott Wells .... best boy grip (as Scott 'Thumper' Wells)
David A. Armstrong .... daily first assistant camera (uncredited)
Kevin Brown .... rigging lighting technician (uncredited)
Mark Burnett .... video engineer (uncredited)
David A. Canning .... video control (uncredited)
Dale Carlson .... video camera (uncredited)
Frank Endewardt .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Jamal J. Farley .... electrician (uncredited)
Bob Gorelick .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
R. Dana Harlow .... grip (uncredited)
Dan Kneece .... additional Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Dan Kneece .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Steven Mann .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Andy Young .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Leah Buono .... casting assistant
Brett Greenstein .... casting assistant
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Rich King .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Dozier .... costumer (as Jennifer Rae Dozier)
Mynka Draper .... costumer
Shari Gray .... costume supervisor (as Shari D. Gary)
Kelli Hagen .... assistant costume designer (as Kelli Stallings)
Editorial Department
Wade Bartlett .... assistant editor (as 'Ice' Wade Bartlett)
JC Bond .... associate editor (as Joseph C. Bond IV)
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Emily Palmer .... post-production assistant
Tom Sartori .... colorist: video mastering
Randy Trager .... assistant editor
Dan Valliere .... color timer
Laura Lee Bong .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Sandra Grubb .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Herbert Dwight Raymond IV .... conforming editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Dan Gorman .... assistant location manager
Enrico Latella .... location manager: Rome
John Panzarella .... location manager
Leslie Thorson .... assistant location manager
Dave Yrueta .... assistant location manager (as David Yrueta)
Music Department
Tony Blondal .... orchestrator
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
Tim Boyle .... score recordist
James Flamberg .... additional music editor
Tod Holcomb .... additional music editor
Frankie Pine .... music supervisor
Nick South .... music editor
William T. Stromberg .... conductor (as Bill Stromberg)
Kerry Wikstrom .... additional orchestrator
David Sabee .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael Brum .... transportation co-captain
Rick Mercier .... transportation captain (as Richard Mercier)
Antonio Molina .... transportation coordinator (as Antonio M. Molina)
Jerry A. Oliveri .... picture car captain
Mark Brown .... driver: production van (uncredited)
Everett Everett .... driver (uncredited)
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Robert Gaskill .... driver: Mr. Freeman (uncredited)
Roger Wooge .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Alexa Alden .... script supervisor
Gina Amoroso .... assistant: Mr. Golin
Paul Ballon .... assistant accountant (as Paul J. Ballon)
Michael S. Baumohl .... unit publicist
Jeff Bilger .... set production assistant
Garrett Brodie .... assistant: Mr. Golin
Jules Carideo .... assistant: Ms. Mutrux (as Julie Carideo)
Shelley Curtis .... technical advisor: soap opera (as Shelly Curtis)
Nour Dardari .... production accountant
Matt DiFranco .... assistant production coordinator
Georgia Evangelatos .... craft service
Peter Evangelatos .... craft service
Zachary Gamburg .... assistant: Mr. LaBute
Karen Ruth Getchell .... production coordinator
Elizabeth Gilman .... production assistant
Susan Giordano .... assistant accountant (as Susan L. Giordano)
Jeff Gross .... assistant: Mr. Steuer
Robert Hepburn .... set medic (as Robert 'Sarge' Hepburn)
Mary Holliday .... set production assistant
Robert E. Kay .... set production assistant (as Robert E. Kay)
Ute Leonhardt .... production services: Rome
Kali Londono .... assistant: Mr. Rock (as Kali Londoño)
Jadi McCurdy .... set production assistant
Smriti Mundhra .... production assistant
Quentin Pierre .... assistant: Mr. Freeman
Marco Valerio Pugini .... production services: Rome
Ashley M. Rogers .... assistant: Ms. Zellweger (as Ashley Rogers)
Christopher Vitale .... production assistant
Damien Breen .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lorenzo Caccialanza .... dubbed voice (uncredited)
Kyle Cooper .... executive producer: main title sequence (uncredited)
Paul Hargrave .... executive location manager: Propaganda Films (uncredited)
Harvey Lowry .... operations manager: Captive Audience Productions (uncredited)
Melissa Park .... stand-in: Renee Zelwegger (uncredited)
Volker Schauz .... production executive (uncredited)
Eric Smith .... title designer (uncredited)
Miles Teves .... sculptor: Cannom Creations (uncredited)
Shea Vargé .... production assistant (uncredited)
Stephen Dickstein .... thanks
Michael Kuhn .... thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Betty Sizemore" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and a scene of sexuality
110 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Production Designer Charles William Breen used The Wizard of Oz (1939) as inspiration for the look of the film. If you look closely, you'll find hidden references that pay homage to the 1939 film.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Reflection in car window after charity event.See more »
Charlie:How'd they describe her?
Wesley:You know, blonde, thin, whatever.
Charlie:Slow down: blonde, thin, yeah. Did they say anything about style? Did they mention grace?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Getaway: Episode #17.15" (2008)See more »
Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Séra, Séra)See more »


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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Cute, edgy and very funny, 10 August 2001
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

This is an adorable, if somewhat edgy, comedy from a clever and witty script by John C. Richards, crisply directed by the very talented Neil LaBute, proving that he can handle comedy just as adroitly as he can the art house movie.

Renée Zellweger stars as Betty Sizemore, a sort of Doris Day of the 21st century, a waitress from Kansas whose fantasy life centers around Dr. David Ravell (Greg Kinnear), star of a TV soap opera called, "A Reason to Live," to such a fanatical degree that she has memorized lines from the show after watching the tapes over and over again. (This will come in handy later on.)

Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock play a father-son team of cocaine-dealing hit men who ignite the premise of the movie by murdering Betty's slimy used car salesman husband, played by Aaron Eckhart, who starred in In the Company of Men (1997), also directed by Neil LaBute. Chris Rock is a comedic psychopath, and Freeman a fatherly murderer whose favorite dictum is "three in the head, you know they're dead." One of the amazing and characteristic things about Morgan Freeman is that even while playing a professional criminal, he manages to sound like the wisest, gentlest man you ever knew.

True, the plot relies heavily on co-incidence (Betty copping the keys to the Buick that just happens to have the goods in the trunk), precise timing (meeting Dr. David and entourage at exactly the right moment), and some questionable psychology (Betty's partial and convenient amnesia). But such contrivances should be written off as poetic license and ignored. After all, who would criticize Shakespeare for the tortured plots of his comedies? More significantly, what makes this work is the cleverness of the plot melded well with the personalities of the characters (while gently satirizing them), and some very funny dialogue. My favorite line is when Freeman, looking gravely at a picture of the disappeared little miss Nurse Betty, soberly remarks to Rock, "We may be dealing with a cunning, ruthless woman here." I wonder, could it be that some of the pseudonymous (and humorless) reviewers who trashed this movie here and at IMDb are jealous, out-of-work screen writers?

An observation and a question: Renée Zellweger has the kind of on-screen presence to delight the most jagged heart. And who really is the reigning queen of contemporary filmland comedy, Zellweger or Reese Witherspoon? They are both brilliant. Witherspoon is a little more over the top while Zellweger is more impish. It would be interesting to see them trade roles, say, Zellweger as goody-goody A-student Tracy Flick in Election (1999) and Witherspoon as Nurse Betty. Too bad something like that can't be done.

Incidentally, the song, "Ca Sera, Sera" heard in the background won an academy award for best song in the Hitchcock thriller, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), starring James Stewart and Doris Day. The reason it reappears here is not entirely clear, but the resemblance of the wonderfully naive Nurse Betty to the on- and off-screen Doris Day (who also had a hit recording of "Ca Sera, Sera,") goes beyond the strawberry blond hair to a kind of irrepressible innocence. In Nurse Betty, however, the Doris Day world of white picket fences and monogamy is given a contemporary spin. Although this is to some extent a romantic comedy, it is one in which the answer to the question, Who gets the girl? is one never seen in a Doris Day flick.

Bottom line: if you can watch this without laughing old loud and crying some real tears, you need to get your hard drive fixed.

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