Undertaking Betty (2002)
"Plots with a View" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  12 June 2003 (Germany)
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A woman, whose husband is cheating on her, and an undertaker, who has been in love with her since their childhood, decide to fake her death so they can be together.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hannah Higgins ...
Young Betty
Joshua Jenkins ...
Young Boris (as Josh Jenkins)
Shaun Phillips ...
Young Hugh
Boris Plots
Betty Rhys-Jones
Hugh Rhys-Jones
Menna Trussler ...
Dilys Rhys-Jones
Delbert Butterfield
Lennie Huhtala ...
Albert Pontefreece
Padrig Owen Jones ...
Thelma / Selma
Stan Stennett ...
Albert Edwards


A woman, whose husband is cheating on her, and an undertaker, who has been in love with her since their childhood, decide to fake her death so they can be together.

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A comedy where love finds new life and death is something to laugh about.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content/humor | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

12 June 2003 (Germany)  »

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Undertaking Betty  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

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(Dinard Festival of British Cinema)

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2.35 : 1
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Frank Featherbed: It's cartilage. Keeps growing.
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Very funny and sweet comedy. Britcom at its best!
2 October 2002 | by (Germany, Munich) – See all my reviews

Very lovely love story between Brenda Blethyn and Alfred Molina. The whole story is very bizarre and funny. An undertaker (A. Molina) loves a married woman (B.Blethyn). They try to fake her death to escape her husband and the village. A scenario of strange situations starts. As good as SAVING GRACE and LONG LIVE NED DEVINE.

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