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Betty Blue (1986)

37°2 le matin (original title)
A lackadaisical handyman and aspiring novelist tries to support his younger girlfriend as she slowly succumbs to madness.
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Betty Blue See more »

Filming Locations:

Gruissan, Aude, France See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The yellow jacket worn by lead Jean-Hugues Anglade was discovered in a Parisian flea market by the film's costume designer Elisabeth Tavernier who purchased it for less than $5. See more »

Goofs

When Eddy's mother is lying dead on the bed, she is clearly breathing. 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 »

Connections

Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Lisa Rock
Written and Performed by Le Grand Orchestre De Gabriel Yared
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Desert Island, DVD player, a movie
19 December 2000 | by count210See 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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