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Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (2014)

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

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Nick Gomez

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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
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On a scorching, hot summer day in 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts, Lizzie Borden returns home to the house she shares with her father Andrew, stepmother Abby and sister Emma. But, unlike any normal day, Lizzie encounters the bloody scene of her parents violently murdered. Police quickly question multiple suspects in town, but evidence keeps pointing back to the Borden's youngest daughter Lizzie, the seemingly wholesome Sunday school teacher, as the prime suspect. Lizzie's lawyer, Andrew Jennings, proclaims her innocence arguing that it is inconceivable a woman could commit the heinous crime of brutally murdering her family with an ax. Or is it? 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 infamy. Written by Anonymous

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It's time to bury the hatchet.


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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Lizzie Borden Took an Axe See more »

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Christina Ricci also plays a similar character Lizzie in Prozac Nation where her world is crumbling around her as in this movie. See more »

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At the trial Lizzie said she was wearing a white dress with embroidery. When she's being questioned she's seen wearing a colored robe, not a white dress. See more »

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Followed by The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (2015) See more »

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Great movie--awful sound
25 January 2014 | by minniehartshorneSee all my reviews

Closely follows the real story, as well as being an adequate remake of the 1975 TV version with Elizabeth Montgomery in the titular role. (Her performance was much more nuanced and provided significant ambiguity regarding Lizzie's actual guilt.) Christina Ricci is in fine form; the locations and costumes are accurate to the period; and overall, it should have been a good movie. The operative here being "should"......

However, the movie has been trashed by a nerve-wracking soundtrack. The utterly incongruous heavy rock music is totally inappropriate! This is NOT a movie meant to have a contemporary "feel" to it! It's like trying to watch Swan Lake with the soundtrack from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Whoever decided this was the way to go for a period movie had rocks in their head!


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