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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.

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... Betty Broderick
... Dan Broderick
... Linda Kolkena Broderick
... Kate Broderick
... Kevin McDonald
... Joan
Christine Jansen ... Susan McDonald
... Alice
... Margaret Fitzpatrick
Ralph Bruneau ... Larry Broderick
... Jerry
... Divorce Attorney
... Debbie Broderick
... Tommy Broderick
Aaron Freeman ... Grant Broderick
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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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Meredith Baxter Birney and Stephen Collins played each other's spouses before, in All The President's Men. See more »

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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 »

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Dan Broderick: I know this isn't the exact ring you asked for, but I thought it'd be more of a surprise. And you know... I kind of like this one better.
Betty Broderick: [surprised] You liked it better?
Dan Broderick: Well... uhh...
Betty Broderick: [calmly] Yes, you liked it better. And that's what counts, really, I mean, that's what it's all about. You make it, you spend it on what you want.
Dan Broderick: [flabbergasted] Geez, Bets, it isn't like it cost any less.
Betty Broderick: [becoming ballistic] Exactly! So, why not get me what I want? *You* certainly got what you wanted, even though...
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Great Movie
13 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

"Till Murder do us Part: The Betty Broderick Story" is a great movie. I have read a few "true" books about Betty herself, including interviews; and if she only speaks the truth- then I feel sorry for her. The movie was very good, but in my opinion, it made Betty look like a spoiled crazy housewife who annoyed her husband and children, causing him to seperate from her. That is not how it really happened- Dan came home drunk almost every night, with the smell of Linda lingering on him- for almost 3 years...and the whole time telling Betty that he wasn't having an affair. This confused her; she wanted to believe her husband. Then he started becoming very un-loving and cold, calling her "fat, old, ugly, boring, and stupid", and even saying that he didn't want the kids anymore.

After all the years of working and raising a family, Betty snapped and couldn't handle Dan's behavior, or him leaving her. Wouldn't you feel betrayed and used if you found out that your partner has been cheating on you for 3 years? I would.

I do not think that Betty should have murdered her husband and Linda (although she states that it was a total accident), but Dan should not have done what he did. Betty is a smart, intelligent lady who, in my opinion, has served her time and has learned her lesson.


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