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Undertaking Betty Details


Directed by Nick Hurran, Undertaking Betty revolves around the competitive world of undertaking in the Welsh countryside. One of the most respected names in the biz -- Plotz Funeral Homes -- is directed by Boris Plotz (Alfred Molina), whose youthful dreams consisted of two decidedly cheerier concepts than the embalming process: dancing and marrying his childhood crush, Betty Rhys-Jones (Brenda Blethyn). Unfortunately, the pressure to take over the family business became too much for Boris to resist, particularly after Betty, despite being secretly in love with Boris, was married off to a known gold digger. Both Betty and Boris' lives remain firmly status quo until the death of Betty's mother-in-law, whose funeral arrangements throw the unsatisfied couple back together. While the spark between Betty and Boris is reignited, rival funeral director Frank Featherbed (Christopher Walken) grows increasingly angry; the American funeral director desperately wants to revolutionize the U.K. undertaking business with his unique "theme" funerals. Ultimately, Boris and Betty resort to desperate measures -- since the only thing keeping him away from Betty is her two-timing husband, they decide to stage Betty's demise and elope somewhere far away from the death business. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

  • Release date:November 12, 2005


Brenda Blethyn
as Betty Rhys-Jones
Alfred Molina
as Boris Plotz
Christopher Walken
as Frank Featherbed
Naomi Watts
as Meredith
Lee Evans
as Delbert Butterfield
Robert Pugh
as Councillor Hugh Rhys-Jones
Noel Williams
as Rev. Price
Howell Evans
as Dr. Owens
Menna Trussler
as Dilys Rhys-Jones
Ena Cohen
as Candace
Beverly Hotsprings
as Andrea Cass
Miriam Margolyes
as Thelma and Selma


Nick Hurran
Kate Robbins
Jason Piette
Michael Cowan
Suzanne Lyons
Frederick Ponzlov