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Betty Blue (1986)

37°2 le matin (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 7 November 1986 (USA)
A lackadaisical handyman and aspiring novelist tries to support his younger girlfriend as she slowly succumbs to madness.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Zorg
... Betty (as Beatrice Dalle)
... Eddy (as Gerard Darmon)
Consuelo De Haviland ... Lisa
Clémentine Célarié ... Annie (as as Clementine Celarié)
... Bob
... Richard le jeune policier
Jean-Pierre Bisson ... Le commissaire (complete version)
... Le dealer / Dope dealer (complete version)
Bernard Hug ... (complete version)
Catherine D'At
Claude Aufaure ... Le médecin
Louis Bellanti ... Mario
Dominique Besnehard ... Client pizzeria
Raoul Billerey ... Le vieux policier
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Storyline

Zorg is a handyman working at the seaside in France, maintaining and looking after the wooden bungalows. He lives a quiet and peaceful life, working diligently and writing in his spare time. He is in love with Betty, a young woman who is as beautiful as she is wild and unpredictable. After a dispute with Zorg's boss, they leave and Betty finds a place to stay at her girlfriend's house. The girlfriend's lover owns an Italian restaurant and there they find a job. She is obsessed to try to get one of Zorg's books published, but it is rejected, which makes Betty fly into a rage. Suddenly, Betty's wild manners start to get out of control. Zorg sees the woman he loves slowly going insane. Is his love for Betty strong enough, if even if it comes to the worst? Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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Drama | Romance

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7 November 1986 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,383, 9 November 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,003,822
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film is included on the film critic Roger Ebert's "Most Hated" list. See more »

Goofs

After 30 minutes Betty throws Zorg's boss from the porch. She wears only a shirt, her bottom part is clearly nude. She goes inside and starts throwing things out of the window. Then she wears a slip See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Zorg: [voice-over] I had known Betty for a week. We screwed every night. The forecast was for storms.
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Connections

Referenced in Underground: The Julian Assange Story (2012) See more »

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Prendre Un Enfant Dans Ses Bras
Yves Duteil / Sté Lécritoire n°1 / publication F. Day n°1
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Desert Island, DVD player, a movie
19 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

Is there one movie you've watched every night for a week? This was mine and I remember that strange feeling you get that every movie to follow will be disappointing in comparison. This movie was extraordinary in sight, sound, emotion, character. In overview it becomes a bit disjointed at a point, and the ending while powerful may not score high in originality. The rest is a masterpiece. This impact remains high because of some of the parallels to relationships I've had... I recall going to the company store on a business trip to Korea. One movie poster hung in the window, Beatrice Dalle in blue...


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