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The Betsy (1978)

R | | Drama | 9 February 1978 (USA)
The aging, retired founder of an auto giant comes out of retirement to try to develop a safe, fuel-efficient car.

Director:

Daniel Petrie

Writers:

Harold Robbins (novel), William Bast (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Olivier ... Number One
Robert Duvall ... Loren Hardeman III
Katharine Ross ... Sally Hardeman
Tommy Lee Jones ... Angelo Perino
Jane Alexander ... Alicia Hardeman
Lesley-Anne Down ... Lady Bobby Ayres
Joseph Wiseman ... Jake Weinstein
Kathleen Beller ... Betsy Hardeman
Edward Herrmann ... Dan Weyman
Paul Rudd Paul Rudd ... Loren Hardeman Jr.
Roy Poole ... John Duncan
Richard Venture ... Mark Sampson
Titos Vandis ... Angelo Luigi Perino
Clifford David ... Joe Warren
Inga Swenson ... Mrs. Craddock
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Storyline

The patriarch of a family-owned corporation hires a young race car driver to help him design a fuel efficient car in secrecy. They face resistance from the president of the company (the patriarch's grandson), who wishes to eliminate the motor car division because of bad blood between himself and his grandfather. During flashbacks, a parallel set of problems is revealed in the family's past, problems that persist into the present, and the race car driver gets deeper into the web of deception and corporate intrigue. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Taglines:

The Harold Robbins people. What you dream...they do!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Publicity for this movie stated that it was the first time in movie history that a major American car company allowed filming to be conducted at their facilities. The company was the American Motors Corporation, and they allowed filming to be done at both their Detroit Design Studio and Wisconsin Assembly Plant. See more »

Quotes

Lady Bobby Ayres: You want the whole f*****g empire, don't you?
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Connections

Referenced in The Ecstasy Girls (1979) See more »

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My favorite guilty pleasure movie.
11 July 1999 | by SquirePMSee all my reviews

Serious cineasts, GO AWAY! Watch this film for the pure pleasure of getting down and dirty in a potboiler. Lust! Greed! Passion! Murder! Seduction! Even MAFIA!

And see Laurence Olivier ham it up like crazy with the goofiest accent you'll ever hear!

Oh, yeah. I forgot ... Hate! Fear! Wealth! Decadence!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Betsy See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$17,685,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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