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Nurse Betty (2000)

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Comedy about a widow's post-traumatic obsession with a soap star.

Director:

Neil LaBute

Writers:

John C. Richards (story), John C. Richards (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Freeman ... Charlie
Renée Zellweger ... Betty
Chris Rock ... Wesley
Greg Kinnear ... Dr. David Ravell
Aaron Eckhart ... Del
Tia Texada ... Rosa
Crispin Glover ... Roy Ostery
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Ballard
Allison Janney ... Lyla
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Sue Ann
Elizabeth Mitchell ... Chloe
Susan Barnes Susan Barnes ... Darlene
Harriet Sansom Harris ... Ellen
Sung Hi Lee ... Jasmine
Laird Macintosh ... Dr. Lonnie Walsh
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Storyline

A Kansas City waitress with dreams of becoming a nurse becomes delusional after seeing her no-good car salesman husband murdered. Becoming delusional from shock, she becomes convinced that she is the former fiancée of her soap opera idol. What she also believes is that the soap opera is real and goes to LA to find the hospital where he works as a cardiologist. Meanwhile, her husband's murderers are searching for the drugs stolen by her husband and, as luck would have it, they are stored in the trunk of the car she drove off in. Freeman, an aging hit man planning his retirement after this job, also becomes delusional about the woman he is tracking. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Taglines:

She's chasing a dream... they're chasing her. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Betty See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,145,950, 10 September 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,167,270, 17 December 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,133,268, 7 December 2000
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In a thirty second television spot for this film, the blood on Betty's nurse's dress, from helping the young man in the ambulance, was dyed blue, per MPAA guidelines. See more »

Goofs

When Betty drives away from her town, she is shown passing a "welcome to Kansas" sign which is on passenger side of the road facing her, even though she later says it is the first time she has ever left Kansas. See more »

Quotes

Charlie: How'd they describe her?
Wesley: You know, blonde, thin, whatever.
Charlie: Slow down: blonde, thin, yeah. Did they say anything about style? Did they mention grace?
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Connections

References Shaft (1971) See more »

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Cold Morning
Written and Performed by Kitty Kat Stew
Courtesy of Zircon Skye Productions
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A Brilliant, Overlooked Black Comedy/Drama
28 December 2008 | by saintongeSee all my reviews

Renee Zellweger is Betty, a Kansas waitress who wants to be a nurse, who is infatuated with a soap opera actor (Greg Kinnear), and who is married to Del, a cheating, stupid male chauvinist who's trying to sell some stolen drugs. Unfortunately for him, he gets brutally, bloodily murdered instead, while Betty secretly watches. It leaves her unhinged, believing that Kinnear is really the character he plays, Dr. David Ravell, and that she is his RN ex-fiancée. She heads for LA to find her lost love, not knowing the stolen drugs are in her trunk. Pursuing her are Charlie and Wesley (Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock respectively), the hit men who inadvertently killed Del before they found out where the drugs were hidden. They pursue her across the country, while Charlie gradually falls in love with his image of her.

And in LA, things get totally bizarre, as no one realizes that Betty is delusional. Alternately funny and touching, this movie is almost perfect. Stop reading commentaries and go see it.


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