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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:

Jusqu'à ce que la mort nous sépare See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Meredith Baxter Birney and Stephen Collins played each other's spouses before, in All The President's Men. See more »

Goofs

When Betty arrives at her ex-husband's house and drives her car into his front door, the night is perfectly clear. Moments later when the police arrive, it is foggy outside. See more »

Quotes

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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Superb performance in a compelling film
22 July 2004 | by waylonsmithers9See all my reviews

Meredith Baxter gives a superb performance in this film and its sequel. She captures the cold narcissism of Betty Broderick and manages to play scenes of rage in a surprisingly subtle manner. For example, in the scene in which Betty trashes her ex-husband's house, Meredith approaches the destruction with great nonchalance, which is ultimately more frightening than if she had played it full-on. She taps into the smugness and sense of entitlement that were strong components of Betty Broderick's personality and allowed her to murder two people in cold blood.


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