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Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (2014)

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The true story of Lizzie Borden, a young woman tried and acquitted in the 1892 murders of her father and stepmother.

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Abby Morse Borden
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Bridget Sullivan (as Hannah Anderson)
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On a scorching, hot summer day in 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts, Lizzie Borden returns home to the house she shares with her father Andrew, stepmother Abby and sister Emma. But, unlike any normal day, Lizzie encounters the bloody scene of her parents violently murdered. Police quickly question multiple suspects in town, but evidence keeps pointing back to the Borden's youngest daughter Lizzie, the seemingly wholesome Sunday school teacher, as the prime suspect. Lizzie's lawyer, Andrew Jennings, proclaims her innocence arguing that it is inconceivable a woman could commit the heinous crime of brutally murdering her family with an ax. Or is it? Lizzie is put on trial for the murders, both in the courtroom and in the press, sparking a widespread debate about her culpability. As the case rages on, the courtroom proceedings fuel an enormous amount of sensationalized stories and headlines in newspapers throughout the country, forever leaving Lizzie Borden's name in infamy. Written by Anonymous

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Christina Ricci also plays a similar character Lizzie in Prozac Nation where her world is crumbling around her as in this movie. See more »

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Lizzie's braid disappears and reappears when in the living room just before her father's death. It's there while speaking to her father, gone when she's in the hall looking back at the living room, then comes back when she discovers the body. See more »

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Followed by The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (2015) See more »

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Written by Keith LuBrant and Michael LuBrant
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Thin Lizzie
29 January 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Lifetime TV movie about the murder trial of Lizzie Borden. I think we're all pretty familiar with the case so I won't go over that part. Basically, Lifetime takes the Lizzie Borden story and adds sex appeal and rock music. It's pretty silly at times but entertaining enough. Christina Ricci's performance borders on campy which probably helps the movie more than harms it. Having seen and read quite a bit over the years about this case I know they played fast & loose with the facts, as just about any movie does with historical events. Although I could be wrong and Lizzie did, in fact, show off her cleavage and go to raves. Maybe historians just don't want us to know the ugly truth. If this were a theatrical release I would rate it lower. But since it's made for television, it's actually above par. If you can find it you should definitely check out the 1970s TV movie with Elizabeth Montgomery called The Legend of Lizzie Borden. It's much better and you can enjoy it on a serious level without the giggle factor this version produces.


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