Promotional movie poster for the film
|Directed by||Alan Alda|
|Produced by||Martin Bregman
Louis A. Stroller
|Written by||Alan Alda|
|Music by||Bruce Broughton|
|Edited by||Michael E. Polakow|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures|
|Release date(s)||June 22, 1990|
|Running time||94 minutes|
Betsy's Wedding is a 1990 American comedy film written, directed by and starring Alan Alda. It co-stars Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Madeline Kahn, Joey Bishop, Joe Pesci, Anthony LaPaglia, Burt Young and Catherine O'Hara.
Money is tight in the Hopper household, but Eddie, much to the distress of his wife, Lola, decides that it is important to throw a lavish wedding to impress the well-off family of the man Betsy is to marry. Everyone in the family is throwing advice Eddie's way, even the ghost of his father.
A new house Eddie is building is adding to his financial and emotional woes. In desperation, he turns to his crooked brother-in-law, Oscar, who ends up getting Eddie involved with loan sharks. A young man named Stevie Dee is sent to keep an eye on Eddie, but instead turns his gaze to Connie Hopper, who is not only a police officer but the other daughter of the father of the bride.
- Alan Alda - Eddie Hopper
- Madeline Kahn - Lola Hopper
- Molly Ringwald - Betsy
- Ally Sheedy - Connie
- Joe Pesci - Oscar
- Anthony LaPaglia - Stevie Dee
- Catherine O'Hara - Gloria
- Burt Young - Georgie
- Joey Bishop - Eddie's father
- Dylan Walsh - Jake Lovell
- Larry Block - Barber
The plot was reportedly inspired by the marriage of Alda's youngest daughter.
Betsy's Wedding received mixed reviews from critics, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 50% rating. Reviews of the film included comments such as "threadbare concoction", "narcissism flourishing like ragweed" and "unctuous".
It was nominated for two Razzie Awards: Worst Actress for Molly Ringwald (who lost to Bo Derek for Ghosts Can't Do It) and Worst Supporting Actress for Ally Sheedy (who lost to Sofia Coppola for The Godfather Part III).
Betsy's Wedding has been cited as launching the movie career of Anthony LaPaglia.
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- Betsy's Wedding (1990) at the Internet Movie Database
- Betsy's Wedding at the TCM Movie Database
- Betsy's Wedding at AllMovie
- Betsy's Wedding at Rotten Tomatoes
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