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Plot: 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… Runtime: 125 min Release Date: 09 Feb 1978
Serious cineasts, GO AWAY! Watch this film for the pure pleasure of getting down and dirty in a potboiler. Lust! Greed! Passion! Murder! Seduction! Even MAFIA!And see Laurence Olivier ham it up like crazy with the goofiest accent you'll ever hear!Oh, yeah. I forgot ... Hate! Fear! Wealth! Decadence!
One of the all time great Bad Movies We Love (by mctheimer)
This is one of my two favorite Bad Movies I Love, the other one being "Trapped by the Mormons." I watch this after seeing nothing but Italian Neorealism and French tragedies for a couple weeks, to remind myself of what really bad films look like, and how wonderful they can be when life has gotten too serious.Think of this film as being "Dynasty" with a bigger budget. The basic concept is American Excess At Its Finest. If it had been shown during the Communist era in Russia, I'm sure it would have been great propaganda for the evils of capitalism."The Betsy" <more>
involves cars instead of oil as in "Dynasty" . Olivier has the Blake Carrington part, except that John Forsythe is much better in the role. I read Olivier's bio, and in it he does indeed state that when he got older and had to support one current and two former wives, that doing things for the money was a fine thing. Leslie Anne Down has the Joan Collins role. Katherine Ross has the Linda Evans role. I don't know whose role Tommy Lee Jones has, but it's the General Stud Muffin Deluxe part, and yes, in his youth, he could pull it off.Anyhow, this is the perfect film to see when you've had a bad week and need pure, stupid escapist fare -- sort of like why we all were addicted to "Dynasty" and "Dallas" for years!
The Betsy deserves 10 out of 10 for BEST TRASHY MOVIE EVER (by info-2752)
Having read Harold Robbins' book on the sly in high school, I certainly expected nothing but trash from this movie, albeit served with style--come on, most of you saw it to see if Olivier could pull it off. And pull it off he did, hammy acting all the way, and it sure looks as if he enjoyed it too. He plays parodies is more like it the patriarch, wanting to leave his legacy with a dream car called The Betsy, named after great-granddaughter Kathleen Beller. He engages the services of Jones, whose father saved his life years back and to whom he feels a certain responsibility, but runs <more>
into trouble with his grandson Duvall. Duvall hates granddad with a vengeance, and here's why: the night he witnessed his homosexual father kill himself, the 7-year old Duvall runs to his mother's room to tell her, only to see his grandfather in bed with her. How's that for family issues? Duvall vows to kill granddad's dreams at the directors' board meeting, only to be out-voted by his wife, who is just about fed up with his blatant affair with the stunningly stylish Down, who is also secretly seeing Jones Down, that is . You still with me? Beller then manages to seduce Jones on the night of her 21st birthday, and afterwards, great-grandfather gives her the keys to the kingdom. After some scenes with the car with Betsy emblazoned on its entire side--now who would want a car like that? , Jones manages to get Duvall's wife and Betsy's POA, with the backing of his late father's friend mafioso "Uncle" Joe Warren, and elects himself President of the company. The movie ends with Olivier walking he's supposed to be in a wheelchair after a stroke into the new president's office with a giant smirk on his face, since cocky Jones clearly got more than he bargained for, as mafioso Joe Warren is now part of the board of directors, and it seems only Olivier can reel him in. At least that's how I understood the ending--I've yet to reread the book to see if I got that last part right! So if you haven't seen the movie yet, don't expect Wuthering Heights please, it's hams, trash and sex all the way.
" Now he's in the Cat-bird seat, where you put him " (by thinker1691)
Among all the novels written by Harold Robbins, this is my favorite. Following the book is much easier and if I must say so, a lot more seductive. Comparing the book to the movie, I can only appreciate the film is quicker to entice me to stay interested. The novel is superior, yet the cast in the film is much more believable. Directed by Daniel Petrie, " The BETSY " relates the story of Angelo Perino Tommy Lee Jones a professional race car driver and third generation Italian with Mafia connections. Nearly killed in a race, he is summoned to the Hardeman mansion where Loren <more>
Hardeman Laurence Oliver , the patriarch of the family dynasty, purposes to him a secret plan to design a new car, called the BETSY. Although intrigued by the offer, Perino at first refuses, until he is promised a great deal of money and special options to purchase stock in the family run corporation. He must also run the gauntlet of family members out to prevent the secret plan. Among the more powerful is Loren Hardeman III Robert Duvall who has definite motives for preventing the building of the new car. Katharine Ross, Jane Alexander and Lesley-Anne Down as Lady Bobby Ayres play the powerful women of the Hardeman family, each, it is discovered have their own reasons for the success or failure of the venture. Betsy Hardeman Kathlee Beller is the lynch pin on which Perino and his ambitions will fail or not. Joseph Wiseman and Edward Herrmann are two key players which provide the inner mechanisms of and for the Betsy's future. The over all movie is split into both past and present happenings of how and why family members gravitate towards Perino's project. Steamy scenes and dark family secrets provide the novel's interest and were it not for the powerful performances of Laurence Oliver, Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall, the film, would have tanked. Instead it is now accepted as a film Classic and one representative of the times. ****
Allied Artists was a small studio in Hollywood with a 3 acre lot not suitable for major filming in fact Allied used to rent space at Paramount down the street. Allied over the years produced some quality films such as Billy Wilder's Love in the Afternoon with Audrey Hepburn, El Cid with Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren, Soldier in the Rain with Steve McQueen, Tickle Me a Elvis Presley movie in those days Elvis movies with the only sure thing that would make money and Allied needed an Elvis movie. Allied was able to produce two extraordinary hits Cabaret with Liza Minelli and Papillion <more>
with Steve McQueen. It tried to stay in business but was found it difficult it had no television arm such as MGM and Columbia through its Screen Gems division or Universal TV or Warner Bros. TV. There was a successful television studio Desilu which not only had successful television shows such as Mission impossible and Star Trek and Lucy but also three Desilu studios collecting rent from various shows.Allied produced this soap opera movie The Betsy with Lawrence Olivier and Tommy Lee Jones. I saw this movie in the theaters when it was released it was a good movie and audience favorite and Kathleen Beller was stunning in this film and surprised that she never made the industry.
Other writers have well summarized the plot, so I will only comment that the writers give us plenty of plot complications but the storyline is refreshingly easy to follow. This is more than just soap opera sex, as the corporate infighting is related well to issues of the founding family, with the corporate developments very well set forth.I'm a car freak, so I find the silly looking cars in the film a good example of the challenge faced by the Olivier character Loren Hardeman in designing and building a sensible car that will actually appeal to a great number of buyers. Hey, were this <more>
an easy task, GM would never have gone bankrupt a few years ago. And, this storyline reminds us how huge auto companies have become--rather than being run by family such as the Hardemans here or even the Fords Ford actually hired an airplane guy from Boeing to run the company . My fellow car freaks might also want to view the "Wheels" from the Arthur Hailey novel....but then that film lacks Kathy Beller so why bother????Speaking of whom....I would watch Kathy Beller read the phone book for two hours she is that gorgeous, love her long hair for starters I think I am being objective when I say her performance is topflight, and I am amused that some other writers feel the same way she was also great in an eighth ? season "Hawaii Five-0" episode, Beller fans . This film also gives us other great performances from Duvall and Down ......but oh you reviewers are soooo right about Olivier. I've always found his work overdone and hammy, but, here, ham is served with every word from him. Fortunately, Olivier does not ruin the pleasure of this film....so enjoy a ripping tale of corporate intrigue with plenty of sex to "complete" the story.....