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The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975)

In Massachusetts in 1893, Lizzie Borden is put on trial for murdering her father and stepmother with an axe.

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writer:

William Bast
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Montgomery ... Lizzie Borden
Fionnula Flanagan ... Bridget Sullivan
Ed Flanders ... Hosea Knowlton
Katherine Helmond ... Emma Borden
Don Porter ... George Robinson
Fritz Weaver ... Andrew Borden
Bonnie Bartlett ... Sylvia Knowlton
John Beal ... Dr. Bowen
Helen Craig Helen Craig ... Abby Borden
Alan Hewitt ... Mayor Coughlin
Gail Kobe ... Alice Russell
Hayden Rorke ... Julien Ralph
Amzie Strickland Amzie Strickland ... Adelaide Churchill
Robert Symonds ... Andrew Jennings
Iggie Wolfington Iggie Wolfington ... Store Proprietor
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Storyline

Elizabeth Montgomery stars as Lizzie Borden, a 19th-century Massachusetts woman, who is put on trial for the brutal slaughter of her father and step-mother in the family mansion. She is accused of hacking up her parents with an ax after carefully removing her clothes to avoid bloodstains. Based on fact and considered shocking at the time for a TV-movie. Written by alfiehitchie

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Due to mature subject matter, parental discretion is advised. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Legend of Lizzie Borden See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Elizabeth Montgomery and Lizzie Borden were sixth cousins once removed, both descending from 17th-century Massachusetts resident John Luther. Rhonda McClure, the genealogist who documented the Montgomery-Borden connection, said, "I wonder how Elizabeth would have felt if she knew she was playing her own cousin." See more »

Goofs

High voltage power cables on pylons can be seen on the hills behind the Borden house. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Abby Borden: I'll not be cast out into the street to starve!
Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Borden: She could live off her fat for years.
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Alternate Versions

A European video release runs about 3 minutes shorter than the original American version One version shows a glimpse of Elizabeth Montgomery's breast while she is murdering her stepmother. Some prints have a different camera angle that does not show this. The closing credits of the American version says "A George Lemaire Production in association with" then fades to black and shows the Paramount logo while the end music is still playing. The European video release says "A George Lemaire Production in association with" then fades to black and does not show the Paramount logo. The 2014 DVD from Cinedigm uses the original American broadcast version. See more »

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Classic TV Movie
24 June 1999 | by superstar49See all my reviews

Who doesn't remember watching the world premiere of this made- for-television-movie on ABC back in 1975. This film stars the great Elizabeth Montgomery (who should have won an Emmy) as Lizzie Borden, accused of killing her father (and step-mother) with an axe. Liz, gives a powerful, understated, performance. What makes this film great is the way Montgomery can portray Lizzie in that subtle, cool way that is very effective. All the supporting cast including "Soap" star Katherine Helmond, are terrific (look for Gloria Stuart in a very brief appearance as a store customer watching "Lizzie" purchase an axe). This is a classic film. Get this on video, people!!


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