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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.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Betty crashes a windowpane in her apartment, her forearm bleeds heavily. Minutes later, having been chased through the village by Zorg, she stands against the church wall, and there's no sign of blood. 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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Alternate Versions

Also available in a 178 minute Director's Cut version. See more »

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Soundtracks

Bungalow Zen
Written and Performed by Le Grand Orchestre De Gabriel Yared
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The most intense, passionate, tragic movie I've ever seen.
31 July 2000 | by thesandmanSee all my reviews

It's a strange movie. For sure the best acting ever by Béatrice Dalle, she's the engine of the story, and she's very convincing. It strikes you with impressive force, helped also by an awesome soundtrack and a photography that takes your breath away. I've never forgotten this movie, perhaps the best french film I've ever seen. A cult-movie !


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Betty Blue See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,383, 9 November 1986

Gross USA:

$2,016,851

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,016,851
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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