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Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (2014)

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In 1893 Massachusetts, Lizzie Andrew Borden is put on trial for murdering her father and stepmother with an ax.


Nick Gomez


Stephen Kay
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christina Ricci ... Lizzie Borden
Clea DuVall ... Emma Borden
Gregg Henry ... Hosea Knowlton
Stephen McHattie ... Andrew Borden
Shawn Doyle ... Marshall Hilliard
Sara Botsford ... Abby Morse Borden
Hannah Emily Anderson ... Bridget Sullivan (as Hannah Anderson)
Andrea Runge ... Alice Russell
Billy Campbell ... Andrew Jennings
Brett Donahue ... Marshall Fleet
Jeremy Akerman ... Judge Blaidsell
John Dunsworth ... Dr. Bowen
Gary Levert Gary Levert ... Mayor Coughlin
John Maclaren ... Rev. Edwin A. Buck
Andrew Gillies ... Judge Mason


On a scorching-hot summer day in 1892 Fall River, Massachusetts, Lizzie Borden returns to the home she shares with her father Andrew, sister Emma, and stepmother Abby, to encounter the bloody scene of her violently-murdered parents. Police quickly question multiple suspects in town, but evidence keeps pointing to seemingly-wholesome Sunday-school teacher Lizzie, the Bordens' younger daughter, as the prime suspect. Her lawyer, Andrew Jennings, proclaims her innocence, arguing that a woman could never commit the heinous crime of murdering her family with an ax. Lizzie is put on trial for the murders, both in the courtroom and in the press, sparking a widespread debate about her culpability. As the case rages on, the courtroom proceedings fuel an enormous amount of sensationalized stories and headlines in newspapers throughout the country, forever leaving Lizzie Borden's name in notoriety. Written by Anonymous

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It's time to bury the hatchet.


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Did You Know?


Christina Ricci has stated that she believes Lizzie Borden was innocent of the crimes she was accused of. She thinks the theory that an unknown drifter committed the murders is much more likely. See more »


Lizzie is shown burning the dress in the back yard. In fact, she burned it in the stove. See more »


Version of The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975) See more »


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It was good until I heard the horrendous soundtrack
28 January 2014 | by SunStar56See all my reviews

I'm just going to get this off my chest right away.

What was with that abhorrent soundtrack? This would've been a much better movie if it weren't for that awful music. Seriously. Rock & Roll? Stuff that sounds like grunge metal? In a movie that's set in the late 1800s? That makes *awesome* sense! Not.

If you can get past the soundtrack and give it a chance, it's a decent movie. I didn't really care for Christina Ricci, she just didn't seem that believable to me, but Billy Campbell was pretty good; though I've seen him in better things.

I just can't get over that soundtrack though. Yuck. It made an OK movie nearly unwatchable. My advice: Don't waste your time on this one.

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Release Date:

25 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lizzie Borden Took an Axe See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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16:9 HD
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