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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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She was a nobody until someone found... 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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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 »

Soundtracks

Every Breath You Take
Written by Sting
Performed by Michael Doucet and Beausoleil
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Betty Lou misfires and shoots herself in the foot
4 May 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

A strange film, indeed. It doesn't lack its charms, but the film, as directed by Allan Moyle, goes nowhere because it seems to go in different directions. The film has a few laughs and the best way is to approach it without any preconceptions because it will reward the viewer.

What the director is to be congratulated is because of the good performances from this cast. Penelope Ann Miller, playing the title role is an actress that is not seen often in the movies. She deserves better as she projects a nice sunny quality about everything she does. Alfre Woodard is a gifted performance whose appearances are always welcome.

The curiosity here was Julianne Moore playing Elinor. Ms. Moore is shown at a disadvantage in the movie. Evidently she must have had a cosmetic transformation that worked for her in getting better roles than this silly role she is seen playing here.

Mr. Moyle has a knack for directing. This film has good moments and it's worth a look.


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