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Betsy's Wedding (1990)

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Offbeat fashion student Betsy Hopper and her strait-laced investment-banker fiancé, Jake Lovell, just want an intimate little wedding reception, but Betsy's father, Eddie, a Long Island ... See full summary »

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Alan Alda

Writer:

Alan Alda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Alda ... Eddie Hopper
Joey Bishop ... Mr. Hopper - Eddie's Father
Madeline Kahn ... Lola Hopper
Anthony LaPaglia ... Stevie Dee
Catherine O'Hara ... Gloria Henner
Joe Pesci ... Oscar Henner
Molly Ringwald ... Betsy Hopper
Ally Sheedy ... Connie Hopper
Burt Young ... Georgie
Julie Bovasso ... Grandma
Nicolas Coster ... Harry Lovell
Bibi Besch ... Nancy Lovell
Dylan Walsh ... Jake Lovell
Camille Saviola ... Angelica
Allan Rich ... Nate Tobias
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Storyline

Offbeat fashion student Betsy Hopper and her strait-laced investment-banker fiancé, Jake Lovell, just want an intimate little wedding reception, but Betsy's father, Eddie, a Long Island construction contractor, feels so threatened by Jake's rich WASP parents that he blows the ceremony up into a bank-breaking showpiece, sending his wife, Lola, into a financial panic. Pressure from Betsy's extended family to include their joint Jewish and Italian-Catholic heritage in the ceremony doesn't do much to assuage the title character's worries, nor does the lovelorn bitterness of her older sister, Connie, who's single, her parents assume, because she has the audacity to pursue the unfeminine profession of police officer. With all of his funds tied up into the money pit of a house he's building, Betsy's dad has to turn to his crooked brother-in-law, Oscar, for financial assistance, and soon a soft-spoken but menacing young mobster named Stevie Dee is supervising Eddie's construction project and ... Written by Anonymous

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The wedding picture doesn't always tell the whole story.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Daughters See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$19,740,070
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The last movie Alan Alda directed. In a 2016 interview with podcaster Marc Maron, Alda indicated he didn't enjoy directing Betsy's Wedding, adding, "I didn't have fun." When Maron asked why, Alda declined to elaborate, saying "Never mind." He goes on to say "A young director once said of an actor he didn't like working with 'Was he hard to work with?' 'I don't remember'". See more »

Goofs

At the construction site in New York, George and Stevie Dee never wear protection helmets, which is a standard procedure involving authorized and unauthorized personnel working or visiting the site (even Eddie uses a helmet and he's a visitor just like Stevie and George are). See more »

Quotes

Oscar Henner: How could you do that to your husband? I'm your family!
Gloria Henner: Oh, you're quite the family man. You were cheating on your wife. You're cheating on your brother-in-law. You're probably cheating on this poor secretary underpaid and overscrewed.
Oscar Henner: I don't wanna hear this. This is ridiculous. I don't have to sit around and listen to that kind of talk.
Gloria Henner: You're a rat, Oscar. You don't belong in a family, you belong in a pack!
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Embraceable You
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
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Average comedy that had both good and bad moments.
8 December 2004 | by triple8See all my reviews

Oh I remember this movie-A friend and I had been talking about comedies , reminiscing really and she reminded me about this one. I'm sort of weird with comedies-meaning I don't always like what the masses like-I seem to remember liking this(somewhat) but being all grown up now I doubt my reaction were I to view it would be as fond now.

There are many movies that stay timeless and never get old. In the case of Betsy's wedding once you see it, it does leave you with a certain sweetness afterwards. The movie had some sweet things to say although they've been done before. The ending, though, was REALLY cute. This is not a movie that I would say,(as many reviewers on here do)is awful. Rather I would call it a somewhat cute comedy that gets you through a rainy night.


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