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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 »
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Nurse Betty focuses on an unhappily married coffee shop waitress in Kansas, whose ungratifying life blends with her fascination for soap operas as a form of escapism. See more (261 total) »


  (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)
Donna Hardy ... Woman Patient (as Dona Hardy)
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
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
Debra-Lee Davidson .... makeup artist (uncredited)
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)
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)
Adam Kimmerlin .... camera intern (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 Stallings .... assistant costume designer
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)
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)
Dan Gorman .... assistant location manager
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)
Enrico Latella .... location manager: Rome
Ute Leonhardt .... production services: Rome
Kali Londono .... assistant: Mr. Rock (as Kali Londoño)
Jadi McCurdy .... set production assistant
Smriti Mundhra .... production assistant
John Panzarella .... location manager
Quentin Pierre .... assistant: Mr. Freeman
Marco Valerio Pugini .... production services: Rome
Ashley M. Rogers .... assistant: Ms. Zellweger (as Ashley Rogers)
Leslie Thorson .... assistant location manager
Christopher Vitale .... production assistant
Dave Yrueta .... assistant location manager (as David Yrueta)
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 »
Sound Mix:

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 »
Errors in geography: Between seeing the sign for the Grand Canyon and arriving there after dark, Charlie and Wesley are briefly shown driving in Arches National Park. This is a couple hundred miles northeast in Utah, and can be identified by the Three Gossips on the left side of the road, and the Courthouse Towers on the left.See more »
Wesley:I'll shoot that bitch like she scratched my car.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Getaway: Episode #17.15" (2008)See more »
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Nurse Betty focuses on an unhappily married coffee shop waitress in Kansas, whose ungratifying life blends with her fascination for soap operas as a form of escapism., 11 July 2001
Author: Chris Brown ( from Fresno, Ca. USA

As Betty Sizemore (Renee Zellweger) secretly watches her tyrannical husband Del (Aaron Eckhart) being murdered by the vengeful hitmen Charlie and Wesley (Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock), her bruised sense of reality becomes totally immersed in the fantasy world of her favorite soap opera. In a state of complete denial and delusion, Betty escapes both physically and mentally from her unsatisfied, small town life to search for "Dr. David Ravell" (Greg Kinnear), the handsome and loving hero of "A Reason to Love", a soap opera set in a hospital and produced in Los Angeles. Immune to reality, Betty arrives in L.A. and becomes "Nurse Betty" as she tries to belong in the hospital world of her dream lover. Meanwhile, the angered Charlie and Wesley track Betty down, convinced she is a dangerous witness who also knows about their compromising dealings with Del.

Nurse Betty creates comedy and suspense by contrasting its main character's extreme innocence and optimism with the evident hypocrisy and violence that surround her. By clearly defining the protagonist's difficult life, Nurse Betty justifies its character's tendency to turn away from reality. Thus, while offering a comment about the popularity of the soap opera within the film, Nurse Betty also makes a comment regarding the widespread addiction to television and its celebrities. In addition, Nurse Betty benefits from the effective manipulation of its protagonist's mental state, particularly in those scenes where she cannot distinguish between "Dr. David Ravell", the character, and George McCord (Greg Kinnear), the actor who plays him. Betty's incapacity to recognize George as an actor leads to funny misunderstandings, which stress the magnitude of her delusional state. However, in spite of these successes, Nurse Betty suffers from the troubling characterizations through which the narration evolves. For example, while Charlie and Wesley are consistently portrayed as a comical pair, the brutality of their actions undermines any sense of appreciation or acceptance the viewer might have initially experienced. Similarly, although the initial scenes establish Del as a detestable man, the humiliation and violence he experiences with his murderers surpass all the humiliation and violence he caused his wife Betty.

Finally, toward the end of the film, Charlie undergoes awkward transformations as he develops an obsession for Betty; an obsession which results in noble feelings of love, and which ultimately destroys him. Consequently, since the characters' roles as victims lack consistency, the story's victimization processes seem random and unsubstantial. All in all, Nurse Betty's indeterminacy --rather than creating suspense-- weakens its characters and pollutes its plot.

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