GenreComedy, Mystery Music directorRichard Gibbs WriterGrace Cary Bickley LanguageEnglish
Release dateAugust 14, 1992 CastPenelope Ann Miller (Mrs. Elizabeth Louise 'Betty Lou' Perkins), Eric Thal (Detective Alex Perkins), Alfre Woodard (Attorney Ann Orkin), Julianne Moore (Elinor), William Forsythe (Beaudeen), Cathy Moriarty (Reba) Similar moviesI Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine, Bloody Moon, W Delta Z, The Case of the Scorpion's Tail, Mad Max: Fury Road, Irreversible
TaglineShe was a nobody until someone found...
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The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag is a 1992 American screwball comedy film written by Grace Cary Bickley and directed by Allan Moyle. The film stars Penelope Ann Miller, Eric Thal, Julianne Moore, William Forsythe, Cathy Moriarty and Alfre Woodard. Rock and roll recording pioneer Cordell Jackson played a bit part as "Bathroom Woman."
The film was distributed by Touchstone Pictures for Interscope Communications.
Betty Lou Perkins is a meek librarian and nobody pays much attention to her, in particular her husband, Alex. A criminal kingpin is killed in cold blood and Betty Lou happens to find the murder gun. She is so mousy, however, she cannot even get the police to listen to her, including Alex, who is a detective. In sheer frustration, she not only produces the gun, but also announces she is the one who committed the crime.
Behind bars, Betty Lou meets a variety of hardened and colorful characters. Rather than intimidate her, they actually increase her self-confidence. Once she is released, she begins to dress, speak, and act differently. Unfortunately for her, criminal acquaintances of the victim assume she must have confessed to the murder for a reason. They conclude she must be his mistress, and soon the bad guys want a few words with her...or worse.
Penelope Ann Miller as Betty Lou Perkins
Julianne Moore as Elinor
Alfre Woodard as Ann Orkin
Cathy Moriarty as Reba
Xander Berkeley as Mr. Marchat
William Forsythe as Beaudeen
Eric Thal as Alex
The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag was panned by critics. It currently holds a 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 23 reviews.
Entertainment Weekly, reviewing the film when it was released in home video, gave the film a D+ and called it a "foolish farce." The British film magazine Empire gave it (three stars out of five), calling it "watchable" and noting "Miller is a winning heroine" but characterizing the film as "too busy to be really funny." The Austin Chronicle gave it (two stars out of five): "The cast shines in The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag; watching these performers, you know this movie would have made for an inspired farce given better writing and direction."
The film was released on DVD by Touchstone Home Entertainment on September 2, 2003 and was released on Blu-ray by Mill Creek Entertainment in May 2011.