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Undertaking Betty (2002)

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PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 12 June 2003 (Germany)
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A woman, whose husband is cheating on her, and an undertaker, who has been in love with her since their childhood, decide to fake her death so they can be together.

Director:

Nick Hurran

Writer:

Fred Ponzlov (as Frederick Ponzlov)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hannah Higgins Hannah Higgins ... Young Betty
Joshua Jenkins Joshua Jenkins ... Young Boris (as Josh Jenkins)
Shaun Phillips Shaun Phillips ... Young Hugh
Alfred Molina ... Boris Plots
Brenda Blethyn ... Betty Rhys-Jones
Robert Pugh ... Hugh Rhys-Jones
Menna Trussler ... Dilys Rhys-Jones
Jerry Springer ... Jerry Springer
Naomi Watts ... Meredith Mainwaring
Lee Evans ... Delbert Butterfield
Christopher Walken ... Frank Featherbed
Lennie Huhtala Lennie Huhtala ... Albert Pontefreece
Padrig Owen Jones Padrig Owen Jones ... Willie
Miriam Margolyes ... Thelma / Selma
Stan Stennett Stan Stennett ... Albert Edwards
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Storyline

A woman, whose husband is cheating on her, and an undertaker, who has been in love with her since their childhood, decide to fake her death so they can be together.

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Taglines:

A comedy where love finds new life and death is something to laugh about.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content/humor | See all certifications »

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UK | USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 2003 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Wales, UK See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Dinard Festival of British Cinema)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While filming scenes in Llantrisant, Wales, Lee Evans fell from a window and landed on a large nail. The sharp spike pierced his body and narrowly missed one of his kidneys. See more »

Goofs

The dead body on the undertaker's table can be seen breathing as Betty is leaving. See more »

Quotes

Delbert Butterfield: Frank.
Frank Featherbed: Huh?
Delbert Butterfield: Why do old people have such huge ears?
Frank Featherbed: It's cartilage. Keeps growing.
Delbert Butterfield: But they hear less.
Frank Featherbed: It shall remain a mystery.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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Blue Skies
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Maxine Sullivan & Her Orchestra
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Excellent black humour
4 December 2003 | by Jose ESee all my reviews

Once again seeing this kind of movies turns me more and more into English humor, not too often seen on screen since the days of Monty Python and Man About The House. Too bad.

Brenda Blethyn (Who I first saw in Saving Grace early in the year, another must see by the way.) just excels, as Alfred Molina does. The rest of the cast, while virtually unknown to me, turns on great performances too. The film starts slowly and gradually gains in pace and amusement - midway I had tears in my eyes from laughing.

All in all, a funny English movie, a thousand times better than the supposedly 'funny' garbage that comes from Hollywood.


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