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
Sometimes one wonders why some people do a remake of a film that was adequately done in the past, and especially when the job hasn't been done any better. 'The Legend of Lizzie Borden' made as a TV movie in 1975 with Elizabeth Montgomery is far better in terms of both atmosphere and the character of Lizzie. Ricci looks to small and innocent to be a candidate for an axe-murderess, and all through the film she can be seen trying ever so hard to take on the aura of a late nineteenth century woman, and failing dismally in the process. As a matter fact, the whole damned cast appears to be as bad as Ricci. Another very annoying feature of this film is the quality of the colour - it all looked so unnatural that I eventually turned off all the colour and watch the rest of the movie in black and white. I'm sorry, Christina, I don't think costumers are quite your line, although you were cute in 'Sleepy Hollow' with Depp.
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