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Betty Blue (1986)

37°2 le matin (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 7 November 1986 (USA)
A lackadaisical handyman and aspiring novelist tries to support his younger girlfriend as she slowly succumbs to madness.
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Zorg
Béatrice Dalle ... Betty (as Beatrice Dalle)
Gérard Darmon ... Eddy (as Gerard Darmon)
Consuelo De Haviland Consuelo De Haviland ... Lisa
Clémentine Célarié Clémentine Célarié ... Annie (as as Clementine Celarié)
Jacques Mathou ... Bob
Vincent Lindon ... Richard le jeune policier
Jean-Pierre Bisson Jean-Pierre Bisson ... Le commissaire (complete version)
Dominique Pinon ... Le dealer / Dope dealer (complete version)
Bernard Hug Bernard Hug ... (complete version)
Catherine D'At Catherine D'At
Claude Aufaure Claude Aufaure ... Le médecin
Louis Bellanti Louis Bellanti ... Mario
Dominique Besnehard Dominique Besnehard ... Client pizzeria
Raoul Billerey Raoul Billerey ... Le vieux policier
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Storyline

Zorg is a handyman working at the seaside in France, maintaining and looking after the wooden bungalows. He lives a quiet and peaceful life, working diligently and writing in his spare time. He is in love with Betty, a young woman who is as beautiful as she is wild and unpredictable. After a dispute with Zorg's boss, they leave and Betty finds a place to stay at her girlfriend's house. The girlfriend's lover owns an Italian restaurant and there they find a job. She is obsessed to try to get one of Zorg's books published, but it is rejected, which makes Betty fly into a rage. Suddenly, Betty's wild manners start to get out of control. Zorg sees the woman he loves slowly going insane. Is his love for Betty strong enough, if even if it comes to the worst? Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Betty Blue See more »

Filming Locations:

Gruissan, Aude, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,383, 9 November 1986

Gross USA:

$2,016,851

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,016,851
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The yellow jacket worn by lead Jean-Hugues Anglade was discovered in a Parisian flea market by the film's costume designer Elisabeth Tavernier who purchased it for less than $5. See more »

Goofs

When Eddy's mother is lying dead on the bed, she is clearly breathing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Zorg: [voice-over] I had known Betty for a week. We screwed every night. The forecast was for storms.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a 178 minute Director's Cut version. See more »

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Referenced in Peep Show: Sectioning (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Zorg Et Betty
Written and Performed by Le Grand Orchestre De Gabriel Yared
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Fantastic
25 January 2001 | by SunTzu-4See all my reviews

As well as being one of the all-time erotic classics (and I mean "erotic" rather than "pornographic") this is simply a fantastic drama, poignant and harrowing, funny and sad. Beautifully shot with amazing colours, quirky characterization, excellent acting and imaginative direction this movie is a delight for all of its 185 minutes (the director's cut is the one to go for). But when is this coming out on DVD? Will the US film company's have enough imagination to bring it out? We can, like Zorg at the end of this movie, only live in hope.


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