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The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Mystery | 21 August 1992 (USA)
An ignored, small-town librarian confesses to a murder she didn't commit to get attention.

Director:

Allan Moyle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Penelope Ann Miller ... Betty Lou
Eric Thal ... Alex
Alfre Woodard ... Ann
Julianne Moore ... Elinor
Andy Romano ... Herrick
Ray McKinnon ... Frank
William Forsythe ... Beaudeen
Xander Berkeley ... Marchat
Michael O'Neill ... Jergens
Christopher John Fields Christopher John Fields ... Brown
Cathy Moriarty ... Reba
Billie Neal Billie Neal ... Gail
Gale Mayron Gale Mayron ... Pearl
Faye Grant ... Charleen
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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gangster | lie | prison | gay slur | motel | See All (30) »

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The Notoriously Hilarious Comedy! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Chris Isaak was the first choice to play Alex. See more »

Goofs

At the grocery checkout, Betty Lou's (Penelope Ann Miller) order comes to $55.25 and she has a twenty five cent coupon for dog food. But when she leaves the store, she's only carrying a bouquet of flowers. See more »

Quotes

Betty Lou Perkins: Look at this: Barry Manilow, Debbie Boone, Paul Anka in Vegas. This guy deserved to be shot.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Swamp Diamonds (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Wake Up Screaming
Written by Jim Lauderdale and John Leventhal
Performed by Jim Lauderdale
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Surprisingly good movie!
29 June 2003 | by awhirleySee all my reviews

I thought this movie was going to be light and funny--and it WAS in some parts. Alfree Woodard and Faye Grant give especially good performances. Faye Grant's character is a scream! And Julianne Moore is great as Betty Lou's sister. But when it got to the suspenseful parts, it went beyond light and funny. It was surprisingly good. I enjoyed every minute of it.


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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag See more »

Filming Locations:

Greenwood, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,206,799, 23 August 1992

Gross USA:

$3,721,911

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,721,911
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Astrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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