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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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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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16:9 HD
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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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Near the opening of the movie when they are exiting the church you can see a green plastic rubbish container on wheels in the neighboring house yard. See more »

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The Hammer and the Nail
Written and performed by Ian Clement
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Don't get the negativity. It was good.
2 August 2014 | by hotsprings2See all my reviews

I just finished watching this movie and i thought it was a really great production for lifetime TV movie. I actually think it could've been released in theatre's.

The acting was well done. This movie was also very good at maintaining suspense.

the only criticism was some of the music they chose which was not suited for the era this movie was set in.

I read some other posts on here that agree about the music but i don't think bad music should create so much negativity on what looked like a good production overall.

Having said that...the reasons why my views on this movie might be more positive than others is because

  • i watch a lot of lifetime movies and felt as though this film was much better than the typical lifetime TV movie.


  • i never watched the original movie made in the 1975 with Elizabeth Montgomery


  • i haven't followed the original case so i didn't have any ideas on what or how this movie should be like.


so if you are like me... and come into the movie without any idea about this case or the history of it. you might enjoy it.


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