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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 ... 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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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,206,799, 23 August 1992

Gross USA:

$3,721,911

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,721,911
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Astrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Feature film debut of Julianne Moore See more »

Quotes

Ann Orkin: Am I supposed to feel sorry for you? If you're unhappy drink. Get laid. See a shrink like normal people.
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Features The Letter (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Forget Domani
Written by Norman Newell and Riz Ortolani
Performed by Perry Como
Courtesy of RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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Enjoyable romantic comedy
24 January 2004 | by jeffwsSee all my reviews

I beg to differ with the previous reviewer. On the contrary, this film does have a plot and is funny, with a rewarding ending. It is a light comedy, true. What I liked about it is that it is not just another cookie-cutter formula Hollywood movie. The plot is unique and believable, the writing is intelligent, the acting is adequate, the conclusion is appropriate to the plot. The two main characters, Betty Lou and Alex, grow and mature from their initial portrayal.

It is not a major film, but it is rewarding in its own way, an enjoyable way to spend 89 minutes. Lots of fun.


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