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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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Lizzie Borden took an ax, gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, gave her father forty-one. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14

Parents Guide:

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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The European theatrical version of the movie shows Elizabeth Montgomery's nudity during the scene when she kills her parents. In that version she is shown standing naked, covered in blood, holding an ax. In the ABC version, careful editing implies her nudity while never actually showing her naked. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Adelaide Churchill: Lizzie what's wrong?
Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Borden: Oh Mrs Churchill, do come in. Someone has killed Father.
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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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Really scary
15 June 2005 | by tamstratSee all my reviews

I remember I was 14 years old and babysitting some little kids and watching this movie all by myself (I had wisely put the little ones to bed). I remember walking home in the dark after watching this movie and running because I was so scared after watching this movie. Elizabeth Montgomery, whom I loved as Samantha the loving witch on "Bewitched" is wonderful in the role of the weird Lizzie Borden. Did she really kill her folks? The movie lets the watcher decide for themselves, but the acting, writing and directing were all top notch, especially for a TV movie. Wish it would come out on DVD, I would love to see it again after all these years.


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