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The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:August 21, 1992

Cast

Penelope Ann Miller
as Betty Lou Perkins
Eric Thal
as Alex Perkins
Alfre Woodard
as Ann
Julianne Moore
as Elinor
Cathy Moriarty
as Reba
Andy Romano
as Herrick
William Forsythe
as Beaudeen
Ray McKinnon
as Frank
Xander Berkeley
as Marchat
Michael O'Neill
as Jergens
Christopher John Fields
as Brown
Billy Hopkins
Suzanne Smith
Billie Neal
as Gail
Gale Mayron
as Pearl
Faye Grant
as Charleen
Reathel Bean
as Bob Barnes
Marian Seldes
as Margaret Armstrong
Ellen McElduff
as Joan
Marisa Miller
as April
Paul Bates
as Officer Finney
Bill Mullen
as Officer George
Meat Loaf
as Larry
Catherine Keener
as Suzanne
Cordell Jackson
as Bathroom Lady
Bernard Canepari
as Mayor
Deborah Spector
as Cashier
Barry Hannah
as Court Clerk
Red West
as Judge
Ralph Braseth
as Reporter
M.J. Etua
as Reporter
Christine Joyce
as Reporter
Mark Magill
as Glen
Merrill Healy
as Gary
Don Opper
as Dell
Jane Smithwick
as Freckled Girl
Jeff O'Haco
as Bar Fighter
Ruddy L. Garner
as FBI Wiretapper
Adam Shankman
as Timid Man
Laura Boenheim
as Autograph Girl
Suzanne Kent
as Townsperson
Nash Germany
as Teenage Boy
Lesha Campbell
as Teenage Girl
Ann Fisher-Wirth
as Young Matron
Kay McDuffie
as Perm
Margaret Graham
as Perm
Billy Holcomb
as Farmer
Charles Treas
as Old Man
Amanda Zenil
as Radical Girl
Dianna Miranda
as Chiropractor
Frank Welker
as Scarlet
Barton Segal
as Barton
Billy Holcomb
as Farmer
Barton Segal
as Barton
Suzanne Kent
as Townsperson
Ellen McElduff
as Joan
Barry Hannah
as Court Clerk
Cordell Jackson
as Bathroom Lady
Don Opper
as Dell
Frank Welker
as Scarlet
Red West
as Judge
Bernard Canepari
as Mayor
Adam Shankman
as Timid Man
Amanda Zenil
as Radical Girl
Marian Seldes
as Margaret Armstrong
Ann Fisher-Wirth
as Young Matron
Billie Neal
as Gail
Reathel Bean
as Bob Barnes
Lesha Campbell
as Teenage Girl
Catherine Keener
as Suzanne
Mark Magill
as Glen
Deborah Spector
as Cashier
Kay McDuffie
as Perm
Dianna Miranda
as Chiropractor
Jeff O'Haco
as Bar Fighter
Margaret Graham
as Perm
Meat Loaf
as Larry
Gale Mayron
as Pearl
Charles Treas
as Old Man
Jane Smithwick
as Freckled Girl
Ralph Braseth
as Reporter
Laura Boenheim
as Autograph Girl
Nash Germany
as Teenage Boy
Paul Bates
as Officer Finney
Faye Grant
as Charleen
Ruddy L. Garner
as FBI Wiretapper
Merrill Healy
as Gary
M.J. Etua
as Reporter
Marisa Miller
as April
Bill Mullen
as Officer George
Christine Joyce
as Reporter

Crew

Allan Moyle
Director
Robert W. Cort
Producer
Charles Minsky
Cinematographer
G. Marq Roswell
Musical Direction/Supervision
Douglas Axtell
Musical Direction/Supervision
Erica Huggins
Editor
Janice Hampton
Editor
Michael Corenblith
Production Designer
David J. Bomba
Art Director
Ira Halberstadt
Co-producer
Cynthia Sherman
Co-producer
Ted Field
Executive Producer
Robert W. Cort
Executive Producer
Lori Rowbotham
Set Designer
Merideth Boswell
Set Designer
Lisa Jensen
Costume Designer
Suzanne Smith
Casting
Elizabeth Shelton
Assistant Costume Designer
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