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Cousin Bette (1998)

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Cousin Bette is a poor and lonely seamstress, who, after the death of her prominent and wealthy sister, tries to ingratiate herself into lives of her brother-in-law, Baron Hulot, and her ... See full summary »

Director:

Des McAnuff

Writers:

Honoré de Balzac (novel), Lynn Siefert (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine Chaplin ... Adeline
John Benfield ... Dr. Bianchon
Hugh Laurie ... Hector
Jessica Lange ... Bette
Paul Bandey ... Priest
Laura Fraser ... Mariette
Toby Stephens ... Victorin
Kelly Macdonald ... Hortense
Janie Hargreaves Janie Hargreaves ... Célestine
Gillian Martell Gillian Martell ... Portress
Elisabeth Shue ... Jenny Cadine
John Sessions ... Musical Director
Henrik Wager Henrik Wager ... Baritone
Aden Young ... Wenceslas
John Quentin John Quentin ... Elderly Aristocrat
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Cousin Bette is a poor and lonely seamstress, who, after the death of her prominent and wealthy sister, tries to ingratiate herself into lives of her brother-in-law, Baron Hulot, and her niece, Hortense Hulot. Failing to do so, she instead finds solace and company in a handsome young sculptor she saves from starvation. But the aspiring artist soon finds love in the arms of another woman, Hortense, leaving Bette a bitter spinster. Bette plots to take revenge on the family who turned her away and stole her only love. With the help of famed courtesan Jenny Cadine she slowly destroys the lives of those who have scorned her. Written by <CherylC894@aol.com>

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Who knew deception, treachery and revenge could be this much fun...

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Melanie Lynskey was considered for the role of Hortense Hulot. See more »

Quotes

Vauvinet, the Moneylender: It's the not about the money, you understand...
Victorin Hulot: I understand.
Vauvinet, the Moneylender: ...It's the principle.
Victorin Hulot: I understand.
Vauvinet, the Moneylender: So if you don't repay us, we kill you, your wife and children and throw your bodies into the Seine.
[pause]
Victorin Hulot: I understand.
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Connections

Referenced in Showbiz Today: Episode dated 11 June 1998 (1998) See more »

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Wedding Polka
Traditional music adapted by Danny Troob
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Terrific Black Comedy
14 March 2001 | by gws-2See all my reviews

"Cousin Bette" is a witty and deliciously mean-spirited black comedy. The operative term, however, is "mean-spirited," so this film is not for all tastes. Cousin Bette is victimized (at least in her own mind) by her selfish and unfeeling relatives. Based on a Balzac novel, the story follows Bette's attempts to find love and to get even with those she believes have wronged her. Things don't ever work out as Cousin Bette plans, but the lady proves she is adaptable. Jessica Lange, despite her beauty made me believe that she was an unattractive spinster. Bob Hoskins was, as always, excellent, as was Elizabeth Shue, who nearly stole the show. Good stuff. Recommended.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La prima Bette See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,488, 14 June 1998

Gross USA:

$1,295,194

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,295,194
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Dolby SR

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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