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Now you can own one of DVDs Most Wanted! Emmy-nominee Meredith Baxter gives one of the screens great performances as Betty Broderick, whose 1991 trial for killing her ex-husband and his new, younger wife mesmerized the nation. The complete movie event is available on one DVD, with killer extra features, including candid and revealing audio commentary by Baxter and director Nick Lowry. A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story dramatizes the bitter break-up of Bettys picture-perfect marriage to successful lawyer Dan Broderick (Stephen Collins), and her all-consuming rage that resulted in two shocking deaths. Was Broderick an emotionally battered wife, or a manipulative cold-blooded killer? Her Final Fury: The Betty Broderick Story, The Last Chapter chronicles Brodericks sensational trial. Judith Ivey costars as the prosecutor determined to bring her to justice. Extra Features: Audio commentary featuring Meredith Baxter and director Nick Lowry. Cast biographies. Chilling courtroom footage of Betty Brodericks trial testimony. The Los Angeles Times article that inspired the movies (DVD-ROM drive and Adobe Acrobat required).
An intensely powerful performance. --The New York TimesSee all Editorial Reviews
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This story is based on a true story, and let me tell you Meredith Baxter played such a great role in this movie. She showed what a truly great actress she is. She plays a wife who after supporting her husband through his schooling and a long marriage, then when she gets divorced she goes absolutely psychotic and homicidal. She can't stand the fact that her ex-husband has moved on and is happy. Although she finds a new relationship of her own, she can't stand the fact that he moves on. She absolutely tortures him and his new wife, I don't want to say to much so as to ruin the whole movie for anybody that reads this. But I will say you won't be disappointed in this movie. I think it does a great job at showing how mental illness affects people. And not just the person struggling with the illness but everyone that is involved in their life as well. I truly believe this is one of the best movies I have ever seen
One thing that aggravates is the fact that Linda, portrayed as a wonderful person who could do no harm, was in actuality an adultress who knew from the onset that she was trying to gain the attention of a married man. She had no respect for Betty. Betty had Borderline Personality Disorder as seen from her behavior when things did not go her way. But, in the final analysis her sociopath traits came out also. which was manifested by her shooting her husband.
This is well directed and quite fascinating to me. Yes, it has been on television, not often, but by buying it you can watch it whenever you choose commercial free.
Mrs. Broderick is due to be released from prison in 2021. That would be a huge mistake-and likely a very costly one.
It's interesting that the movie is divided into two sections - the crime & the trial/verdict. The fact that the jury couldn't get it right until the second trial indicates what is wrong with out justice system.
If the DVD had closed captions, I would have rated it five stars.
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