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A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 1 March 1992
Betty torments her husband with childish vandalism and verbal threats after he leaves her for another woman, but nobody anticipates what ends up happening as the games escalate.

Director:

Dick Lowry

Writers:

Amy Wallace (article), Joe Cacaci
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meredith Baxter ... Betty Broderick
Stephen Collins ... Dan Broderick
Michelle Johnson ... Linda Kolkena Broderick
Kelli Williams ... Kate Broderick
Stephen Root ... Kevin McDonald
Lori Hallier ... Joan
Christine Jansen Christine Jansen ... Susan McDonald
Debra Jo Rupp ... Alice
Tricia O'Neil ... Margaret Fitzpatrick
Ralph Bruneau Ralph Bruneau ... Larry Broderick
Clayton Landey ... Jerry
Katherine Cortez ... Divorce Attorney
Jandi Swanson ... Debbie Broderick
Jordan Christopher Michael ... Tommy Broderick
Aaron Freeman Aaron Freeman ... Grant Broderick
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Storyline

After sixteen years of marriage and four children, Betty Broderick's high-powered attorney husband decides to leave her for a younger woman with whom he's been having an affair. Hurt by his betrayal and feeling helpless against his legal expertise, Betty begins a campaign of vandalism and verbal assault. Her rage consumes her and ultimately leads to a terrible and violent act. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The real home of Dan and Betty Broderick, that needed the foundation repaired, is located at 5555 Coral Reef Avenue in La Jolla, California. See more »

Goofs

When Betty arrives at her ex-husband's house and drives her car into his front door, the night is perfectly clear. Moments later when the police arrive, it is foggy outside. See more »

Quotes

Dan Broderick: I know this isn't the exact ring you asked for, but I thought it'd be more of a surprise. And you know... I kind of like this one better.
Betty Broderick: [surprised] You liked it better?
Dan Broderick: Well... uhh...
Betty Broderick: [calmly] Yes, you liked it better. And that's what counts, really, I mean, that's what it's all about. You make it, you spend it on what you want.
Dan Broderick: [flabbergasted] Geez, Bets, it isn't like it cost any less.
Betty Broderick: [becoming ballistic] Exactly! So, why not get me what I want? *You* certainly got what you wanted, even though...
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Connections

Followed by Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter (1992) See more »

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A beautiful socialite is driven to madness and eventually murder when her powerful attorney/husband abandons her for another woman.
20 September 2000 | by verna55See all my reviews

Meredith Baxter(of FAMILY TIES fame) received a much deserved Emmy nomination for her rich, compelling portrayal of convicted murderess Betty Broderick who shot and killed her ex-husband(Stephen Collins) and his new bride(Michelle Johnson). Though the supporting cast is good(particularly Kelli Williams), this is Baxter's moment of triumph, effectively and completely sheading her nice TV sitcom mother image with a knock-out performance that makes this one of the most stylish and enjoyable TV movies ever, as well as one of the most frighteningly realistic. Be assured, even though she's playing a convicted killer, most of my sympathies rest with Baxter's character. She makes you feel her rage, and by the end of the film you can't help but feel that Betty was the true victim. This was such a big hit when it aired for the first time on network TV that it was followed by a sequel: HER FINAL FURY, with Baxter and most of the earlier film's supporting cast reprising their original roles.


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