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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2002
There's so much awfulness to love in this movie, a camp classic done as straight as an arrow.
I have a hard time figuring out what's my favorite thing about this movie because there's so much to love -- the total miscasting? Olivier's "Americanish" accent which is frequently slurred? The complete lack of chemistry between any of the principle characters? That "Where's My Paycheck?" look on Katherine Ross' face? The way Tommy Lee Jones spits out his lines so quickly like he needs to leave the set early to go to the Coal Miner's Daughter audition? ... The heavily gauzed-lens flashbacks? The complete implausibility of Harold Robbins' story? Mansions decorated with whicker furniture? Sir Larry's parade of horrendous toupees?
If you miss Dynasty or The Colbys for any of the above reasons, or if you are just a connoisseur of So-Bad-They're-Great movies you can't miss this one. ...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2006
There are moments in "The Betsy" where you think you're watching something as profound as "The Godfather" before you pinch yourself and realize you are watching what is essentially schlock. Entertaining, well-crafted schlock but schlock nonetheless. It's Harold Robbins for goodness sake. Credit director Daniel Petrie and his scriptwriters for fashioning a film that is almost respectable. A first-rate cast is assembled to give the film some gravity led by Laurence Olivier as a scion of an auto empire who is as ruthless in the boardroom as he is in his personal relationships. A young Tommy Lee Jones impresses as an ambitious auto racer. Absolutely luminous are Lesley Anne Down as a gold-digging Brit and Kathleen Beller as Olivier's granddaughter. I've never read a Harold Robbins book the film feels like one of those page turners you read on a lazy summer day.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 1999
One of my favorite trashy, guilty pleasures movies. This is the story of a dysfunctional family, prominent in the auto manufactuing business. It is great fun to watch Robert Duvall and Sir Lawrence Olivier try to one-up each other, with Tommy Lee Jones as a sort of good guy, with an agenda of his own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2007
The film is excellent quality considering its age.

It has not lost anything with the passage of time. The sets are rich and opulent, the acting terrific and so is the quality of the sound.

I saw this film about 25 years ago at the movies and enjoyed it just as much.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2000
This is a movie with no pretensions. It is about corporate intrigue, family disputes and beautiful bodies. It is an unashamed pot-boiler. It is helped by the fine acting that does not descend into camp. There are many highy capable actors here. No one hams it up for the camera which only makes this glorius bit of cheese all the more fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2007
Besides disaster movies the 70's gave us the trashy all-star soap opera for the big screen (The Love Machine, Once Is Not Enough, The Greek Tycoon) and this slice of cheese. We get incest, rape, homosexuality, greed, murder, backstabbing, and lots on SEX AND NUDITY!!!! The plot is silly and the dialog is corny, but the actors seem to be having fun and it moves very fast and and does what these movies are suppose it do, Entertain! Turn your brain off, put the kids to bed(it's rated "R" for a reason), and curl up with someone you love and watch the rich treat each other like dirt!!! Enjoy
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2003
The betsy which is based on a novel by Harold Robbins is not
a very good movie but it is not that bad.I didn't like Olivier's
performance but i think Tommy Lee Jones did great.The love
scenes in the movie are very beautiful and Kathleen Beller is
a very gorgeous actress [Most known for her role as Kirby
andrews in Dynasty] and i adore her love scene with Tommy Lee
Jones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2013
I remembered this movie from the late 70s or early 80s ?? and watched it again here at Amazon.The cast is fantastic-Lawrence Olivier to me is one of the greatest talents ever!Plus a young Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall and Katherine Ross was great!!The scene most remembered was the scenes with Kathleen Beller in the pool-what a beauty!!I guess the conection with the Ford family in some respects was underlined(the overbearing Henry Ford over Edsel Ford kind of)but everything else was a hollywood fabrication!!The Ford family will always have the controlling interest-but it was an interesting story line about the young upstart race car driver(Tommy Lee)getting the company and the grand daughter(Kathleen Beller)over the old patriarch(Lawrence Olivier)while putting a small turbine powered economy car on the market for mass production(would never happen!ask Chrysler!!)-must have been during the OPEC oil crisis days?The end scene was the best with Lawrence Olivier saying he figured out where Tommy Lee got his option money to buy the stock for the controlling interest(from his uncle in the mafia)and that he can be controlled like his grandfather(deported)-fantastic!!There's some great acting here-watch it and enjoy!!it's a time capsule!!Note:This is an older movie done in 4:3 aspect ratio not widescreen-Thanks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2011
The Betsy ,was a pretty good movie ,that had a big surprise at the end .This movie is not for kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2014
I enjoyed this movie a lot, it's not a very well known title. The story is your typical "Dallas" or "Dynasty" intrigue story, but set in the automotive industry which gives you somewhat of an idea what that is like in the USA. Press working against you, industrial espionage to prevent competition from gaining. But the real story is in the love affairs and the manipulation of the family that runs Bethlehem Motors. It's done very well, good cast. Well worth the money and time.
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