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The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975)

In Massachusetts in 1893, Lizzie Borden is put on trial for murdering her father and stepmother with an axe.



Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lizzie Borden
... Bridget Sullivan
... Hosea Knowlton
... Emma Borden
... George Robinson
... Andrew Borden
... Sylvia Knowlton
... Dr. Bowen
Helen Craig ... Abby Borden
... Mayor Coughlin
... Alice Russell
... Julien Ralph
Amzie Strickland ... Adelaide Churchill
... Andrew Jennings
Iggie Wolfington ... Store Proprietor


Elizabeth Montgomery stars as Lizzie Borden, a 19th-century Massachusetts woman, who is put on trial for the brutal slaughter of her father and step-mother in the family mansion. She is accused of hacking up her parents with an ax after carefully removing her clothes to avoid bloodstains. Based on fact and considered shocking at the time for a TV-movie. Written by alfiehitchie

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Could this woman commit the crime of the century? See more »


Drama | History | Mystery



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Release Date:

10 February 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La légende de Lizzie Borden  »

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Elizabeth Montgomery used prescribed eye drops to make her pupils look smaller, so they would look like Lizzie Borden's eyes after her morphine injections. See more »


High voltage power cables on pylons can be seen on the hills behind the Borden house. See more »


Hosea Knowlton: That woman actually believes she can get off scot-free by hiding behind her skirts.
Sylvia Knowlton: What else has she?
[he looks at her]
Sylvia Knowlton: I'm sorry, Hosea. It just seems that you men have only yourselves to blame if women hide behind their femininity as a last defense. After all, you cast us in this role.
Hosea Knowlton: You look upon your womanhood as a role my dear?
Sylvia Knowlton: It's not always a convenient part to play.
Hosea Knowlton: I've never heard you talk like this. Next you'll be asking for the vote. I gather you sympathize with this murderess.
Sylvia Knowlton: ...
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Lizzie goes from witch to slasher!
6 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

I love this movie for two reasons: a big crush on Liz Montgomery and an interest in the case of Lizzie Borden. I don't know how she got this role, but she quickly goes from a sexy witch into a very scary and unstable psychopath, a role she soon excelled in two other TV-movies. This movie is chilling as it recreates the murders and the actual Borden house's floorplans to document and terrify the audience with a pseudo-documentary feel and psychological touch of suspense. The other roles were filled with lookalike actors and forms the atmosphere that you are really there in Fall River as the murders and trial occur. Some of the historical facts of the case and some witnesses are omitted for a more clearer script and continuity. The film also seems to suggest that Lizzie could see her stepmother's dead body from the top step long before it had been discovered [the father had been discovered first and had been killed sometime after he had been noticed. The bodies were found in the reverse order that they had been killed.}. This movie does remind me a touch of Lizzie's male counterpart, Jack The Ripper, whose movie starring Michael Caine also used very speculatory data to deduce the killer. Both movies are very chilling and true to their period with very dark primal undertones. This movie is a bit more than a cult classic, it's a TV-movie that should have been released theatrically. Someone ought to get on the ball and put this out on video for more people to appreciate it.

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