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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

Writer:

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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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Sony Pictures Television See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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The Medical Examiner's Assistant was an uncredited courtesy role created by the film's producers for Jono Borden, an author and regional authority on the Borden family based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was asked to consult on his family's history and offered an appearance onscreen. The irony of his casting saw him assist in the fictionalized depiction of the postmortem examinations of his very real cousins, Andrew and Abby Borden, and in an alternate courtroom scene cut from the final film, present the exhumed skulls of his relations to the jurors. See more »

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Early in the film there are noticeable telephone poles which weren't around during the time period in which the film takes place. See more »

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

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Written by Dan Auerbach and Patrick J. Carney
Performed by The Black Keys
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Inherently interesting story but poorly presented
25 January 2014 | by dlundber64See all my reviews

What a great story! Spinster daughter, faced with penurious life because inheritance could go to hated stepmother, is accused of killing stepmother and father with an ax. Why tart up film with weird atmospheric sounds, hip music, and unhistorical hints of incestuous emotions. A straight telling of events emphasizing the dependent role of women in the 19th century, the inability of society to accept that women could kill parents,and other legal and cultural aspects of Victorian America would have been enough. Christina Ricci, skillful actor though she is, seems to be reprising her role as the evil child in the Addams Family. She really needs to dial back the wide eyed penetrating stares and consider other ways to convey emotion. Clea Duvall, Lizzie's sister, was a standout. Not only did she looking a person of the late 19th century, she acted as one. Would that Christina Ricci had done the same.

What a disappointing film.


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