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The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Mystery | 21 August 1992 (USA)
An ignored, small-town librarian confesses to a murder she didn't commit to get attention.

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Allan Moyle
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Penelope Ann Miller ... Betty Lou
Eric Thal ... Alex
Alfre Woodard ... Ann
Julianne Moore ... Elinor
Andy Romano ... Herrick
Ray McKinnon ... Frank
William Forsythe ... Beaudeen
Xander Berkeley ... Marchat
Michael O'Neill ... Jergens
Christopher John Fields ... Brown
Cathy Moriarty ... Reba
Billie Neal Billie Neal ... Gail
Gale Mayron Gale Mayron ... Pearl
Faye Grant ... Charleen
Reathel Bean Reathel Bean ... Bob Barnes
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Betty Lou is a librarian in a very small town. Her husband, Alex, is a police detective who takes her for granted. She is the ultimate mouse. After a gangland figure is mysteriously murdered in town, she finds the murder weapon, but can't get anyone's attention to tell them (we're talking very mousy, here). Finally in a fit of frustration she fires it in a restroom and when taken to the police station insists she is the murderer. It has the desired effect, people do pay attention to her. With hints at social graces from the hookers in her cell block, she's on her way. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Comedy | Mystery

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Rated PG-13 for violence, and for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Betty Lou Perkins: Look at this: Barry Manilow, Debbie Boone, Paul Anka in Vegas. This guy deserved to be shot.
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Features The Letter (1940) See more »

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Turning Japanese
Written by David Fenton
Performed by The Vapors
Courtesy of EMI Records Group/EMI Records
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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you do not see movies like this these days
27 December 2005 | by g404cSee all my reviews

I saw this movie on Christmas Day, 2005, having never seen it before. The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag really captures the mood of the early 1990s (has some of that '80s vibe present). Penelope Ann Miller is fun as Betty Lou, and Eric Thal and Cathy Moriarty also give fine performances.

The movie is about a repressed, but zany woman who works in a library and is married to a police detective in small-town Missouri. When she happens about a gun one day, one thing leads to another and she ends up firing it, by accident, and later she confesses to killing someone all because she wants a more exciting life and for people to notice her.

This movie has the same vibe as some others released in 1992 (Mo' Money, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Jersey Girl)--I do not know how to describe it--I guess it has a sort of innocence that seems to have all but vanished these days. I recommend The Gun In Betty Lou's Handbag for a rainy day.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Arma de Betty Lou See more »

Filming Locations:

Greenwood, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,206,799, 23 August 1992

Gross USA:

$3,721,911

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,721,911
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Dolby

Color:

Color (Astrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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