The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag

The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992)

She was a nobody until someone found...

  • Genre: Comedy, Thriller, Mystery
  • Release Date: 1992-08-21
  • User Rating: 4.9/10 from 12 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 29min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Touchstone Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
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Betty Lou is a librarian in a very small town. Her husband is a police detective who takes her for granted. Betty Lou is the ultimate mouse. After a gangland figure is mysteriously murdered in town, Betty Lou finds the murder weapon, but can't get anyone's attention to tell them (we're talking very mousey, here). Finally in a fit of frustration she fires the gun in a restroom and when taken to the police station insists she is the murderer. It has the desired effect, people do pay attention to her. With hints at social graces from the hookers in her cell block, she's on her way.

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  • Penelope Ann Miller

    as Mrs. Elizabeth Louise 'Betty Lou' Perkins
  • Eric Thal

    as Detective Alex Perkins
  • Alfre Woodard

    as Attorney Ann Orkin
  • Julianne Moore

    as Elinor
  • William Forsythe

    as Beaudeen
  • Cathy Moriarty

    as Reba
  • Adam Shankman

    as Timid Man
  • Catherine Keener

    as Suzanne
  • Meat Loaf

    as Lawrence
  • Marisa Miller

    as April
  • Faye Grant

    as Charleen Barnes
  • Suzanne Kent

    as Townsperson
  • Xander Berkeley

    as Marchat
Production Suzanne Smith Casting
Art David J. Bomba Art Direction
Camera Charles Minsky Director of Photography
Production Billy Hopkins Casting
Art Michael Corenblith Production Design
Art Merideth Boswell Set Decoration
Production Scott Kroopf Producer
Editing Janice Hampton Editor
Sound Richard Gibbs Music
Editing Erica Huggins Editor
Costume & Make-Up Lisa Jensen Costume Design
Directing Allan Moyle Director
Directing Annette Haywood-Carter Script Supervisor
Writing Grace Cary Bickley Writer
Art Melissa Matthies Leadman