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The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992)

An ignored, small-town librarian confesses to a murder she didn't commit to get attention.

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Allan Moyle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Penelope Ann Miller ... Mrs. Elizabeth Louise 'Betty Lou' Perkins
Eric Thal ... Detective Alex Perkins
Alfre Woodard ... Attorney Ann Orkin
Julianne Moore ... Elinor
Andy Romano ... Herrick
Ray McKinnon ... Detective Frank
William Forsythe ... William 'Billy' Beaudeen
Xander Berkeley ... Mr. Marchat
Michael O'Neill ... Jergens
Christopher John Fields Christopher John Fields ... Brown
Cathy Moriarty ... Reba Bush
Billie Neal Billie Neal ... Gail
Gale Mayron Gale Mayron ... Pearl
Faye Grant ... Charleen Barnes
Reathel Bean Reathel Bean ... Bob Barnes
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Storyline

Betty Lou is a librarian in a very small town. Her husband, Alex, is a police detective who takes her for granted. She is the ultimate mouse. After a gangland figure is mysteriously murdered in town, she finds the murder weapon, but can't get anyone's attention to tell them (we're talking very mousy, here). Finally in a fit of frustration she fires it in a restroom and when taken to the police station insists she is the murderer. It has the desired effect, people do pay attention to her. With hints at social graces from the hookers in her cell block, she's on her way. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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She was a nobody until someone found... See more »

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Comedy | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, and for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Arma de Betty Lou See more »

Filming Locations:

Greenwood, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,721,911
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Astrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Betty Lou Perkins: Why is it so hard to believe, that I might be exciting to other men? People have affairs. People have lovers. Why not me, Alex?
Alex Perkins: Cause I never did. I never had anyone but you.
Betty Lou Perkins: You had everyone but me. You had Frank, and the boys, and the force and the bars and the games.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Girls Town (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Turning Japanese
Written by David Fenton
Performed by The Vapors
Courtesy of EMI Records Group/EMI Records
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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Fun!
30 June 2003 | by brichtr1See all my reviews

I saw this movie on TV and I have to admit.. I loved it! I was planning to go to sleep but once this movie came on I watched it all the way through! Although not exactly an Oscar winner, it had a charm all it's own. I think the cast was what made it, I loved Betty Lou and especially Eric Thal as Alex! They had great chemistry and were really cute together! This is a fun cute movie definitely NOT to be taken seriously, but just to sit back and enjoy! It still has a little bit of 80's fun to it.. I think in the 80's a lot of movies were made that would NEVER be made now, but now they are so fun to watch! This had a little bit of that. I dunno, I just loved it!


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