7.4/10
14,755
79 user 70 critic

Betty Blue (1986)

37°2 le matin (original title)
A lackadaisical handyman and aspiring novelist tries to support his younger girlfriend as she slowly succumbs to madness.
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Betty (as Beatrice Dalle)
...
Eddy (as Gerard Darmon)
Consuelo De Haviland ...
Lisa
Clémentine Célarié ...
Annie (as as Clementine Celarié)
...
Bob
...
Richard le jeune policier
Jean-Pierre Bisson ...
Le commissaire (complete version)
...
Le dealer / Dope dealer (complete version)
Bernard Hug ...
(complete version)
Catherine D'At
Claude Aufaure ...
Le médecin
Louis Bellanti ...
Mario
Dominique Besnehard ...
Client pizzeria
Raoul Billerey ...
Le vieux policier
Edit

Storyline

Zorg is a handyman working at the seaside in France, maintaining and looking after the wooden bungalows. He lives a quiet and peaceful life, working diligently and writing in his spare time. He is in love with Betty, a young woman who is as beautiful as she is wild and unpredictable. After a dispute with Zorg's boss, they leave and Betty finds a place to stay at her girlfriend's house. The girlfriend's lover owns an Italian restaurant and there they find a job. She is obsessed to try to get one of Zorg's books published, but it is rejected, which makes Betty fly into a rage. Suddenly, Betty's wild manners start to get out of control. Zorg sees the woman he loves slowly going insane. Is his love for Betty strong enough, if even if it comes to the worst? Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Betty Blue  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,383, 9 November 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,003,822
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When Betty throws the pink house paint on the man's car, first it's only on one side of the hood of the vehicle, we switch perspective and return, then it's on both sides of the hood. See more »

Goofs

When Eddy's mother is lying dead on the bed, she is clearly breathing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Zorg: [voice-over] I had known Betty for a week. We screwed every night. The forecast was for storms.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Singles (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Petit Nicolas
Based on "Fantasy in F minor (Piano Sonata for Four Hands), Op. 103 D 940"
Written by Franz Schubert, Adapted by Gabriel Yared
Piano by Nicolas Jalowyj
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Movie All In Zorg's Mind
12 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

I came to the IMDb message board for Betty Blue because I wanted to see if anyone else thought the movie was in Zorg's mind.

At the very end of the movie, Zorg hears while he is writing alone in his kitchen "are you writing?" and he says "no, I am thinking". Zorg also looks very relaxed and fulfilled as though he had just finished his novel.

My friend says he thinks the whole movie is in Zorg's mind, and the boiling pot at the beginning and the end brings the story together for this point. Betty may just be a character he was working on in his book, and he was thinking out his novel, that is why he says he is thinking at the very end. Plus the characters and situations seem like a writer coming up with situations and characters for a novel.

Give me your two cents...I would appreciate it. Great movie!


9 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 79 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Best of 2017: Our Favorite Movie and TV Stills

Take a look at our favorite movie and TV stills from the past year. Spot any of your faves?

Browse the Best of 2017