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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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A few facts about the murder case help explain scenes in the film. The day before the murder when, in the barn, Emma tells Lizzie she will be going away for a few days, Lizzie appears to be cleaning bloody straw out of a coop. This is because her father had recently killed pigeons Lizzie had been trying to keep. Secondly, it may have appeared odd that Mrs. Borden went upstairs before her death to change bedding on a bed that looked impeccable already. In reality, the Bordens had a guest at the time, and Mrs. Borden was killed in the guest bedroom as she made the guest bed. See more »


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 »


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


The Hammer and the Nail
Written and performed by Ian Scott Clement
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Bad music editing....better in 1975 with Montgomery
26 January 2014 | by poetzmuseSee all my reviews

Was looking forward to watching this but a let down. As the others reviewers added, music was awful. Should have been no music or period music. Blaring Sons of Anarchy-type songs did not fit in with an 1892 murder case! And was so poorly edited as to block out characters speaking...! Ricci performance was decent. Rest of movie a disappointment. Would have liked more development on Bridget the Irish maid and Emma. Possibly more angles from neighbors, town-folk. The movie to watch on the case was Legend of Lizzie Borden with Elizabeth Montgomery. What a surprise from her Bewitched days! Her portrayal was edgy and spot on.

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Release Date:

25 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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