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Lizzie (2018)

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A psychological thriller based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kristen Stewart ... Bridget Sullivan
Chloë Sevigny ... Lizzie Borden
Fiona Shaw ... Abby Borden
Kim Dickens ... Emma Borden
Denis O'Hare ... John Morse
Jeff Perry ... Andrew Jennings
Jamey Sheridan ... Andrew Borden
Jay Huguley ... William Henry Moody
Tara Ochs ... Susan Gilbert
Darin Cooper ... Jury Foreman
Laura Whyte Laura Whyte ... Mrs. Brayton
Tom Thon ... Prof. Wood
Jody Matzer ... Deputy Fleet
Don Henderson Baker ... Marshall Hilliard
Katharine Harrington ... Matron
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Storyline

In 1892, after the Borden family welcomes a new Irish maid called Bridget Sullivan (Kristen Stewart), she and Lizzie (Chloë Sevigny) become friends. The friendship between these women becomes something more, even as Lizzie's relationship with her own parents unravels at a frightening level. Written by Merve Kurt

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The legend of Lizzie Borden. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and grisly images, nudity, a scene of sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lizzie See more »

Filming Locations:

Savannah, Georgia, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,580, 16 September 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$642,157, 25 October 2018
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Chloe Sevigny was born in Massachusetts like her character, Lizzie Borden. See more »

Goofs

The note given to Abby Borden saying that a member of the Churchill family was ill did not actually happen. Lizzie, in her many iterations of the events of that day, said she believed Abby Borden was not in the house having a received a note that someone was ill. Abby was not upstairs changing her dress to go out at the time of her murder, she was upstairs making the bed in her and Andrew Borden's bedroom. She was on the side of bed closest to the dresser when she was attacked from behind and given the angle and severity of the blows to her skull, it is likely she never even saw her attacker. See more »

Quotes

Lizzie Borden: Love alters not with brief hours and weeks, but bears it out...
Lizzie Borden: Let me not to the marriage of true mind's impme... impediments...
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Ebben? Ne Andrò Lontana From 'La Wally', Act I
Written by Alfredo Catalani
Performed by Maria Luigia Borsi and the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yves Abel
Courtesy of Naxos
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Very dry film about a famous crime
24 September 2018 | by PotassiumManSee all my reviews

As good as the performances are in this film, for a long, long stretch it is very slow and staid. Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart are quite good as Lizzie Borden and Bridget Sullivan respectively. The film looks at Borden's relationship with Sullivan and speculates about its playing a central role in the notorious events that followed. A film taking place in 19th century New England, this is also an examination of how dreadfully repressive life was for women at that time. Sullivan is a household servant of the Borden family but soon finds herself being used in other ways in a patriarchal home.

The film is very much told from Lizzie Borden's standpoint, but does not give too much of a backstory, other than to portray her family as regarding her as insane and in need of institutionalization. In addition, giving the audience a more in-depth sense of Borden's life thereafter is something the film could have done and should have. With that kind of void, we are left wanting. Nevertheless, I recommend this to those curious enough about this story and anyone who admires the work of the two principals.


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