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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.

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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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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Astrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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Born Free
Written by Don Black and John Barry
Performed by Matt Monro
Courtesy of Capitol Records
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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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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