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A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 1 March 1992
Betty torments her husband with childish vandalism and verbal threats after he leaves her for another woman, but nobody anticipates what ends up happening as the games escalate.

Director:

Dick Lowry

Writers:

Amy Wallace (article), Joe Cacaci
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meredith Baxter ... Betty Broderick
Stephen Collins ... Dan Broderick
Michelle Johnson ... Linda Kolkena Broderick
Kelli Williams ... Kate Broderick
Stephen Root ... Kevin McDonald
Lori Hallier ... Joan
Christine Jansen Christine Jansen ... Susan McDonald
Debra Jo Rupp ... Alice
Tricia O'Neil ... Margaret Fitzpatrick
Ralph Bruneau Ralph Bruneau ... Larry Broderick
Clayton Landey ... Jerry
Katherine Cortez ... Divorce Attorney
Jandi Swanson ... Debbie Broderick
Jordan Christopher Michael ... Tommy Broderick
Aaron Freeman Aaron Freeman ... Grant Broderick
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Storyline

After sixteen years of marriage and four children, Betty Broderick's high-powered attorney husband decides to leave her for a younger woman with whom he's been having an affair. Hurt by his betrayal and feeling helpless against his legal expertise, Betty begins a campaign of vandalism and verbal assault. Her rage consumes her and ultimately leads to a terrible and violent act. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie, the rental home that Dan and Betty movie to, was filmed at 400 Via De LA Paz in Pacific Palisades, California. The house that Betty later buys, with an ocean view, was filmed just one street over, at 15255 Via De Las Olas. See more »

Goofs

After Betty kills her ex-husband and his new wife, she is next shown talking on a payphone at the coast with the sun shown coming up over the Pacific Ocean at around 5:00 a.m. See more »

Quotes

Linda Kolkena Broderick: [after Betty keeps taking snapshots of Linda behind Linda's back at Kate's high school graduation ceremony] I'm going to make this quick. I don't want to ruin Kate's day, as you seem to be intent on doing, but if you point that thing at me again, you're going to be photographing the inside of your own throat! Got it?
[Betty snaps the camera again]
Dan Broderick: [calmly] Hi, Bets.
Betty Broderick: [smiling] Hello, darling.
Dan Broderick: [chuckling, with mock sincerity] It's always lovely to see ya!
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Followed by Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter (1992) See more »

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A beautiful socialite is driven to madness and eventually murder when her powerful attorney/husband abandons her for another woman.
20 September 2000 | by verna55See all my reviews

Meredith Baxter(of FAMILY TIES fame) received a much deserved Emmy nomination for her rich, compelling portrayal of convicted murderess Betty Broderick who shot and killed her ex-husband(Stephen Collins) and his new bride(Michelle Johnson). Though the supporting cast is good(particularly Kelli Williams), this is Baxter's moment of triumph, effectively and completely sheading her nice TV sitcom mother image with a knock-out performance that makes this one of the most stylish and enjoyable TV movies ever, as well as one of the most frighteningly realistic. Be assured, even though she's playing a convicted killer, most of my sympathies rest with Baxter's character. She makes you feel her rage, and by the end of the film you can't help but feel that Betty was the true victim. This was such a big hit when it aired for the first time on network TV that it was followed by a sequel: HER FINAL FURY, with Baxter and most of the earlier film's supporting cast reprising their original roles.


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