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Archie's Betty (2015)

An independent documentary search for the real-life characters behind Archie Comics.

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Gerald Peary

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Gerald Peary

Star:

Gerald Peary
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The documentarian, a devoted Archie fan, searches for the real-life people behind the characters in Archie Comics, the influential teen comic strip still popular almost 75 years after its creation. Were Archie, Betty, Veronica, Moose, and Jughead based on actual students who Bob Montana, the original Archie cartoonist, had gone to high school with in the 1930s in the town of Haverhill, Massachusetts? More, is the person who inspired blonde Betty still alive?

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A 25-year search for the real people behind the characters in Archie Comics.


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21 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Big Sleep Films See more »
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16:9 HD
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Shaun's Song
Written by Justin MacDonald
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An engaging quest to find the real-life "Archie" gang
25 November 2015 | by rickouellette-73595See all my reviews

Love of popular culture runs deep and a great example is this fun and ultimately moving new documentary. Boston-area journalist, critic and film-studies professor Gerald Peary seeks out the possible and probable real-life inspirations for the characters of the ever-popular "Archie" comic books. In the process, he reveals a hidden human dimension behind the iconic faces of Archie Andrews, his dueling love interests Betty and Veronica, and others like Jughead, Reggie and Moose. "Archie's Betty" is an engaging blend of archival visuals, firsthand recollections, expert viewpoints and Peary's own personal angle. His empathy for the inner connections people make with fictional characters and settings, and how they can develop from simple childhood escapism to something more profound with the passage of time, is the thread that will make his film appeal to viewers far beyond the ranks of Archie fanatics.


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