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The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)

R | | Biography, Drama | 5 May 2006 (USA)
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The life of Bettie Page, a 1950s pin-up model and one of the first sex icons in America, who became the target of a Senate investigation because of her risqué bondage photos.

Director:

Mary Harron
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gretchen Mol ... Bettie Page
Chris Bauer ... Irving Klaw
Jared Harris ... John Willie
Sarah Paulson ... Bunny Yeager
Cara Seymour ... Maxie
David Strathairn ... Estes Kefauver
Lili Taylor ... Paula Klaw
John Cullum ... Preacher in Nashville
Matt McGrath ... Nervous Man
Austin Pendleton ... Teacher
Norman Reedus ... Billy Neal
Dallas Roberts ... Scotty
Victor Slezak ... Minister in Miami
Tara Subkoff ... June
Kevin Carroll ... Jerry Tibbs
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Storyline

Portrait of an American innocent. In 1955, Bettie Page (1923-2008) waits to testify before a U.S. Senate sub-committee investigating the effects of pornographic material on American adolescents and juveniles. In flashbacks, we see her childhood in Tennessee, a brief marriage, a gang rape, and her going to New York City in 1949. There she takes acting lessons, models for photos, and acts in short films for adults, earning the nickname "The Pin-Up Queen of the Universe". We see her relationship with merchants Irving and Paula Klaw, photographers John Willie and Bunny Yeager, boyfriends, and the public. Through it all, she is wholesome, sporting and forthright - Eve before the fall. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Good Girl. Bad Girl. Sinner. Saint. Who is. . . See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for nudity, sexual content and some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Demi Moore was said to be very keen on playing Bettie Page but lost the role to Liv Tyler, who eventually backed out during the prolonged development stage before Gretchen Mol was finally cast. Before Mol's casting, Ione Skye and Sherilyn Fenn where considered for the role. By the time production was greenlit, Fenn was deemed to be "too old" for the role and Skye was pregnant. See more »

Goofs

In the famous 'Jungle Bettie' pics, Bettie posed with cheetahs. In the movie they are jaguars. See more »

Quotes

Bettie Page: God gave me the talent to pose for pictures and it seems to make people happy. That can't be a bad thing, can it?
John Willie: Not to me it's not, but what does God think?
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Crazy Credits

craft service - Grover Cleveland, craft service assistant - Benjamin Harrison See more »

Connections

References Destry Rides Again (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

An Occasional Man
Written by Ralph Blane (as Ralph Blaine) and Hugh Martin
Performed by Jeri Southern
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Bettie fans (and Mary Harron fans) won't be disappointed
17 September 2005 | by scarbiedollSee all my reviews

More a snapshot of the most popular pinup of all time than your typical dragged out biopic, this fun and fabulous film has the look and feel of the era with an excellent soundtrack and everything you would want in an indie-type film. I think the tendency would be to portray Bettie Page as some sort of sex vixen, like a Jayne Mansfield. But if you've truly looked carefully at Bettie's poses, she always looked happy. Not a "you wish you could get with me" haughty look, nor the "I'm just doing this because my acting career didn't work out" look of a porn star. And so, the ladies involved with this film (three female producers, a female writer/ director, female co-writer and the lovely Gretchen Mol, who I'm sure helped shape this role with her own sugary influence) really captured the idea of a sweet, somewhat naive, southern girl who really enjoyed having her photo taken and hoped that good ol' JC wouldn't be too upset with her.

Gretchen Mol turns out a career high performance (she may just have the most perfect breasts ever), which I am happy about, because she did have the curse. Several years ago, she made the cover of Vanity Fair when no one really knew who she was, touting her as the next It-girl. And let's be frank, that was a bit presumptuous. I mean unfortunately she has never made it to Gwyneth status, though not for lack of talent. Making a few poor film choices when you are a pretty blonde in fickle Hollywood renders you forgettable I'm afraid. If this doesn't put her back on the A-list, well I'll be a monkey's uncle.

Intensely private, Bettie herself has not seen the film yet. Bettie left the pinup party on a high note and fell in love with her old flame, Jesus. Whatever floats your boat honey. You were one helluva woman. I hope you're happy wherever you are.

Congratulations Mary Harron, you've done our cult idol justice.


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Official Sites:

Picturehouse Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Days of Bettie Page See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$143,131, 16 April 2006

Gross USA:

$1,415,082

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,778,006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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