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The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975)

In Massachusetts in 1893, Lizzie Borden is put on trial for murdering her father and stepmother with an axe.

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writer:

William Bast
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Montgomery ... Lizzie Borden
Fionnula Flanagan ... Bridget Sullivan
Ed Flanders ... Hosea Knowlton
Katherine Helmond ... Emma Borden
Don Porter ... George Robinson
Fritz Weaver ... Andrew Borden
Bonnie Bartlett ... Sylvia Knowlton
John Beal ... Dr. Bowen
Helen Craig Helen Craig ... Abby Borden
Alan Hewitt ... Mayor Coughlin
Gail Kobe ... Alice Russell
Hayden Rorke ... Julien Ralph
Amzie Strickland Amzie Strickland ... Adelaide Churchill
Robert Symonds ... Andrew Jennings
Iggie Wolfington Iggie Wolfington ... Store Proprietor
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Storyline

Elizabeth Montgomery stars as Lizzie Borden, a 19th-century Massachusetts woman, who is put on trial for the brutal slaughter of her father and step-mother in the family mansion. She is accused of hacking up her parents with an ax after carefully removing her clothes to avoid bloodstains. Based on fact and considered shocking at the time for a TV-movie. Written by alfiehitchie

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Accused of the shocking murder of her parents, she must prove her innocence...or be hanged! See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Legend of Lizzie Borden See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In 1976, Elizabeth Montgomery told reporter Joan E. Vadeboncoeur about a letter she received after the film aired which left her perplexed. "One guy wrote a critique that went on for three pages. It was very articulate. I put it down and looked at the envelope and it was from a state institution. I'm wondering what he was in for. He didn't tell me." See more »

Goofs

High voltage power cables on pylons can be seen on the hills behind the Borden house. See more »

Quotes

Emma Borden: Lizzie, did you kill father?
Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Borden: No, Emma, I did not.
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Alternate Versions

A European video release runs about 3 minutes shorter than the original American version One version shows a glimpse of Elizabeth Montgomery's breast while she is murdering her stepmother. Some prints have a different camera angle that does not show this. The closing credits of the American version says "A George Lemaire Production in association with" then fades to black and shows the Paramount logo while the end music is still playing. The European video release says "A George Lemaire Production in association with" then fades to black and does not show the Paramount logo. The 2014 DVD from Cinedigm uses the original American broadcast version. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

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User Reviews

An amazing movie!
23 August 1999 | by JasonfanSee all my reviews

I remember the controversy when the film aired originally, but it wasn't until years later that I saw it. When I did see it, I was amazed by the high quality of it. This movie is much better than the majority of theatrical releases being made today. Elizabeth Montgomery gives a wonderful performance, and the script is intelligent, rich with subtext, and explores many themes (feminism, incest, murder trials as media events) which are still relevant.

The 1970s were a great time for made-for-TV movies, and this film is a shining example of that excellence. Today's filmmakers could learn a lot from this terrific production.


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