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Nurse Betty (2000)

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

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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

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8 September 2000 (USA)  »

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Betty  »

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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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Trivia

Scenes involving Christopher McDonald as a racist truck driver, who sells porno to Chris Rock and Morgan Freeman, were cut from the final film. 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

Ellen: So, where are you headed, Betty?
Betty Sizemore: Los Angeles, California!
Betty Sizemore: And you called your friend and she's telling you not to go?
[Betty nods, regretfully]
Ellen: When I went to Europe, my friends told me I was crazy.
Betty Sizemore: Europe? *The* Europe? God, this is my first time out of Kansas!
Ellen: I should call you Dorothy.
[they both laugh]
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Spoofs Back to the Future (1985) See more »

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Just a Touch of Love
Written by Mark Adams, Dan Webster Mark Hicks, Raymond Turner, Thomas Locket and Steve Arrington
Performed by Slave
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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An underrated movie on how people sometimes don't see the difference between reality and fiction
6 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Nurse Betty is really an interesting movie. I guess we all know someone who is so convinced that the characters in a soap opera are real, that you can't explain them with any means that these are just actors and not real persons.

'Nurse Betty' isn't a nurse at all. In real life she is an ordinary housewife who works at a diner. To escape from her awful husband and the problems in her miserable life, she has become a very dedicated fan of a soap opera. After she witnessed her husband being murdered, she goes into some kind of a shock and she loses all grip on reality. She thinks she's in love with one of the characters from the soap opera, a doctor, and decides that she'll visit him and start a family with him. The hit men however think that she knows too much and go after her to kill her.

As I already said, the subject is quite recognizable (if you leave the professional hit men and the murder out of it) and the movie was funny. The story was well directed and the actors did a fine job. It had everything I always want to see when watching a comedy. I give it a 7.5/10.


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