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Undertaking Betty (2002)

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A woman, whose husband is cheating on her, and an undertaker, who has been in love with her since their childhood, decide to fake her death so they can be together.

Director:

Nick Hurran

Writer:

Fred Ponzlov (as Frederick Ponzlov)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hannah Higgins Hannah Higgins ... Young Betty
Joshua Jenkins Joshua Jenkins ... Young Boris (as Josh Jenkins)
Shaun Phillips Shaun Phillips ... Young Hugh
Alfred Molina ... Boris Plots
Brenda Blethyn ... Betty Rhys-Jones
Robert Pugh ... Hugh Rhys-Jones
Menna Trussler ... Dilys Rhys-Jones
Jerry Springer ... Jerry Springer
Naomi Watts ... Meredith Mainwaring
Lee Evans ... Delbert Butterfield
Christopher Walken ... Frank Featherbed
Lennie Huhtala Lennie Huhtala ... Albert Pontefreece
Padrig Owen Jones Padrig Owen Jones ... Willie
Miriam Margolyes ... Thelma / Selma
Stan Stennett Stan Stennett ... Albert Edwards
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Storyline

A woman, whose husband is cheating on her, and an undertaker, who has been in love with her since their childhood, decide to fake her death so they can be together.

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Taglines:

A comedy where love finds new life and death is something to laugh about.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content/humor | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 2003 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Undertaking Betty See more »

Filming Locations:

Wales, UK See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Dinard Festival of British Cinema)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the second comedy starring Brenda Blethyn where she discovers that the man she was faithfully married to was a philanderer, the first being "Saving Grace." See more »

Goofs

The dead body on the undertaker's table can be seen breathing as Betty is leaving. See more »

Quotes

Betty Rhys-Jones: Why couldn't I have fallen in love with a travel agent?
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Connections

Spoofs Star Trek (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Woodchopper's Ball
Written by Joe Bishop (as Bishop) and Woody Herman (as Herman)
Performed by Ted Heath & His Orchestra
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great romantic comedy sorely missed in the states
6 July 2004 | by kiernan65441See all my reviews

This was a wonderful film. My wife and I saw it on a princess cruise last year, and while it was an obvious plug for the cruise line, we thought the acting was superb (especially Christoper Walken). The story line is not your typical romance but the funerary background was an excellent twist. We both love Alfred Molina's acting and character that he portrayed however Walken steals the show with truly insane comedic genius. The way Walken's character tries to fulfill the deceased's supposed unrequited wishes in life in a uniquely expressive send off will have you rolling in the aisles. We kept waiting to see it in the states and have wanted to recommend it to our friends. I understand that it may come out with a different title and only in limited release, but we would love to see it again.


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