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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Olivier ... Loren Hardeman Sr. I
Robert Duvall ... Loren III / Loren Hardeman Sr.'s grandson
Katharine Ross ... Sally / Loren II's wife
Tommy Lee Jones ... Angelo / Car racer
Jane Alexander ... Alicia / Loren III's wife
Lesley-Anne Down ... Roberta(Bobby) / Loren III's mistress-Family friend
Joseph Wiseman ... Jake / Angelo's uncle
Kathleen Beller ... Betsy / Loren III's daughter
Edward Herrmann ... Dan Weyman / Head of Finances
Paul Rudd Paul Rudd ... Loren Hardeman II / Sally's husband
Roy Poole ... John Duncan / Head of production
Richard Venture Richard Venture ... Mark
Titos Vandis ... Angelo Luigi Perino
Clifford David ... Joe / Manager-Loren II's gay lover
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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The Harold Robbins people. What you dream...they do!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Three famous Newport, Rhode Island mansions were used for filming Loren Hardeman's home. They were The Elms, Rosecliff, and The Breakers, all of which have been featured in many other movies, before and since. Also featured in the movie are glamorous estate houses in Palm Springs, California and Santa Barbara, California. See more »

Quotes

Loren Hardeman III: [referring to Loren I] Look at him, the sonuvabitch! Thinks he's cock-of-he-walk again!
Dan Weyman: But not without a certain justification.
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Connections

Referenced in Joel King: Man with a Camera (2015) See more »

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2 hours of my life I'll never get back.
6 June 2004 | by susandelavanSee all my reviews

I bought this film because I LOVE Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones, and it was packed with other great names. The movie misses its mark at every chance. It fails to bring you into caring about the characters, the passion, the evil, etc. I don't know how it could miss with the people involved, but it does. Just the description of the movie was gripping, but the viewing failed to deliver. The era was fascinating. The sets were beautiful. The music was blah. The drama was off center. You should see the chemistry of Jones and Duvall in "Lonesome Dove" to see what is missing in this film. I'm glad I have this chance to comment, as I was dying to tell someone who cares.


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