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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
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 »
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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 »
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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