The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag

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Penelope Ann Miller's delightful performance as the shy, part-time librarian Betty Lou Perkins is the saving grace of this comedy from Touchstone Pictures. Betty Lou is the neglected wife of small-town police detective Alex Perkins (Eric Thal). She soon feels even more neglected when Alex can't make their anniversary dinner because he has to investigate a brutal motel room slaying. Taking her dog for a walk, Betty Lou finds a gun by the river's edge that just happens to be the missing murder weapon in Alex's ...
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Penelope Ann Miller's delightful performance as the shy, part-time librarian Betty Lou Perkins is the saving grace of this comedy from Touchstone Pictures. Betty Lou is the neglected wife of small-town police detective Alex Perkins (Eric Thal). She soon feels even more neglected when Alex can't make their anniversary dinner because he has to investigate a brutal motel room slaying. Taking her dog for a walk, Betty Lou finds a gun by the river's edge that just happens to be the missing murder weapon in Alex's murder investigation. In order to get some attention, she announces that she was the one who committed the murder. Hauled behind bars, Betty Lou gets some quick assertiveness training from her cell-mate, hard-boiled prostitute Reba Bush (Cathy Moriarty). She also becomes an instant media celebrity, with crowds clamoring around her and television news reporters elevating her to legendary status. But Alex doesn't believe she committed the murder (she tells him the dead man was her lover) and continues investigating the crime. Her husband is not the only one who's suspicious -- the FBI wants to use her to lure crime lord Beaudeen (William Forsythe), who they suspect actually committed the murder, out into the open. It turns out the FBI is right; Beaudeen killed the motel room victim because he planned to blackmail him with an incriminating cassette. Beaudeen is convinced that Betty Lou has the tape and musters his forces to get it from her one way or another.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; French language track; Spanish subtitles; Dolby digital surround sound; Widescreen (1.85:1) - enhanced for 16x9 televisions
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2003
  • UPC: 786936209709
  • Original Release: 1992
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: Fran├žais, English
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Penelope Ann Miller Betty Lou Perkins
Eric Thal Alex Perkins
Alfre Woodard Ann
Julianne Moore Elinor
Cathy Moriarty Reba
Andy Romano Herrick
William Forsythe Beaudeen
Ray McKinnon Frank
Xander Berkeley Marchat
Michael O'Neill Jergens
Christopher John Fields Brown
Billy Hopkins
Suzanne Smith
Billie Neal Gail
Gale Mayron Pearl
Faye Grant Charleen
Reathel Bean Bob Barnes
Marian Seldes Margaret Armstrong
Ellen McElduff Joan
Marisa Miller April
Paul Bates Officer Finney
Bill Mullen Officer George
Meat Loaf Larry
Catherine Keener Suzanne
Cordell Jackson Bathroom Lady
Bernard Canepari Mayor
Deborah Spector Cashier
Barry Hannah Court Clerk
Red West Judge
Lida Burris Gibson Lydia Williams
Ralph Braseth Reporter
M.J. Etua Reporter
Christine Joyce Reporter
Mark Magill Glen
Merrill Healy Gary
Don Opper Dell
Jane Smithwick Freckled Girl
Jeff O'Haco Bar Fighter
Ruddy L. Garner FBI Wiretapper
Adam Shankman Timid Man
Laura Boenheim Autograph Girl
Suzanne Kent Townsperson
Nash Germany Teenage Boy
Lesha Campbell Teenage Girl
Robert Jackson Irate Man
Robert Jackson Irate Man
Ann Fisher-Wirth Young Matron
Kay McDuffie Perm
Margaret Graham Perm
Billy Holcomb Farmer
John McCauley Farmer
Charles Treas Old Man
Amanda Zenil Radical Girl
Dianna Miranda Chiropractor
Frank Welker Voice Only
Barton Segal Barton
Technical Credits
Allan Moyle Director
Douglas Axtell Musical Direction/Supervision
Grace Cary Bickley Screenwriter
David J. Bomba Art Director
Merideth Boswell Set Decoration/Design
Michael Corenblith Production Designer
Robert W. Cort Executive Producer, Producer
Ted Field Executive Producer
Richard Gibbs Score Composer
Ira Halberstadt Co-producer
Janice Hampton Editor
Erica Huggins Editor
Lisa Jensen Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Kroopf Producer
Charles Minsky Cinematographer
G. Marq Roswell Musical Direction/Supervision
Lori Rowbotham Set Decoration/Design
Cynthia Sherman Co-producer
Suzanne Smith Casting
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits
2. Asking for Trouble
3. Something Very Key
4. Shut Up
5. A Story
6. Doesn't Make Sense
7. Notorious Female
8. Betty Lou's Mob
9. Good Question
10. Needed Attention
11. Formally Introduced
12. End Credits
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Captions & Subtitles
         Captions: English for the Hearing Impaired
         Subtitles: Spanish
      Spoken Languages
         English
         French
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