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The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)

R | | Biography, Drama | 5 May 2006 (USA)
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The life of Bettie Page, a 1950s pin-up model and one of the first sex icons in America, who became the target of a Senate investigation due to her risqué bondage photos.

Director:

Mary Harron
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gretchen Mol ... Bettie Page
Chris Bauer ... Irving Klaw
Jared Harris ... John Willie
Sarah Paulson ... Bunny Yeager
Cara Seymour ... Maxie
David Strathairn ... Estes Kefauver
Lili Taylor ... Paula Klaw
John Cullum ... Preacher in Nashville
Matt McGrath ... Nervous Man
Austin Pendleton ... Teacher
Norman Reedus ... Billy Neal
Dallas Roberts ... Scotty
Victor Slezak ... Minister in Miami
Tara Subkoff ... June
Kevin Carroll ... Jerry Tibbs
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Storyline

Portrait of an American innocent. In 1955, Bettie Page (1923-2008 ) waits to testify before a Senate subcommittee investigating the effects of pornographic material on American adolescents and juveniles. In flashbacks, we see her childhood in Tennessee, a brief marriage, a gang rape, and her going to New York City in 1949. There she takes acting lessons, models for photos, and acts in short films for adults, earning the nickname, "The Pin-Up Queen of the Universe." We see her relationship with merchants Irving and Paula Klaw, photographers John Willie and Bunny Yeager, boyfriends, and the public. Through it all, she is wholesome, sporting, and forthright - Eve before the fall. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Good Girl. Bad Girl. Sinner. Saint. Who is. . . See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for nudity, sexual content and some language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Picturehouse Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Days of Bettie Page See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$143,131, 16 April 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,410,778, 25 June 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bettie Page was close friends with Playboy commander in chief Hugh Hefner who was a huge fan of hers. She appeared in the January, 1955 issue of his magazine. See more »

Goofs

When on the beach in Coney Island, they show the Cyclone roller coaster and the parachute which would have been there in the 1950s. However, adjacent to the roller coaster is the Astroland Tower which would not have been built until the early 1960s. See more »

Quotes

[for her photo shoot, Bettie is tied up wearing slinky lingerie]
John Willie: Do you mind if I ask you a question, Bettie? What do you think Jesus would think about what you're doing now?
Bettie Page: Well, Mr. Willie, I've thought about this quite a lot and I'm not really sure if I know anymore. I think God has given us some kind of talent and he wants us to use it. That's why he gives it to us.
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Crazy Credits

craft service - Grover Cleveland, craft service assistant - Benjamin Harrison See more »

Connections

References B.F.'s Daughter (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Jordu
Written by Duke Jordan
Performed by Clifford Brown & Max Roach
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Gretchen Mol is Bettie Page
7 February 2006 | by johno-21See all my reviews

I saw this movie at the 2006 Palm Springs International Film Festival and it is a movie and not a film since it apparently was shot by HBO to be shown on their cable network sometime this year. This movie presents Page as a bondage and discipline fetish pinup and B&D stag film actress who had enough talent to become a real actress. Page was a little more than that and the film touches on some of her other roles in modeling but not enough to balance out the career of the 50's pinup icon. This film is supposedly based on the book "The Real Bettie Page" by Richard Foster. It's shot in black and white for that 1950's nostalgia feel. I have the book called "Bettie Page The Life of a Pinup Legend" that has a lot of great photos chronicling the career of Page and I must say that this movie reproduces on film, with Gretchen Mol as Page, many of those famous photo's very accurately. Mol herself with the Bettie Page black wig and brown contact lenses is Bettie Page. Not only does she have the Bettie Page look but she has the smile and characteristics of her personality that came through the camera down perfect. And her body is as close to a replica of Page's as possible. Terrific casting. The story is kind of thin and tabloidesque and certainly could have been a lot better. But this is a pretty good TV movie. I would rate it a 7.0 of a scale of 10 and recommend it's viewing when it comes on TV.


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