Betsy's Wedding

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For the novel, see Betsy's Wedding (novel).
Betsy's Wedding
Betsy's Wedding.jpg
Promotional movie poster for the film
Directed by Alan Alda
Produced by Martin Bregman
Louis A. Stroller
Written by Alan Alda
Starring Alan Alda
Molly Ringwald
Ally Sheedy
Madeline Kahn
Joe Pesci
Joey Bishop
Anthony LaPaglia
Burt Young
Catherine O'Hara
Music by Bruce Broughton
Cinematography Kelvin Pike
Edited by Michael E. Polakow
Production
  company
Touchstone Pictures
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date(s) June 22, 1990 (1990-06-22)
Running time 94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1 million
Box office $19,740,070

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.

Plot[edit]

Eddie Hopper is a construction contractor from Long Island, New York, with two grown daughters. One of them, Betsy, is about to be married.

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.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The plot was reportedly inspired by the marriage of Alda's youngest daughter.

Reception[edit]

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",[1] "narcissism flourishing like ragweed" and "unctuous".[2]

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.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Benson, Sheila (1990-06-22). "Alan Alda's Talents Spread Too Thin in 'Betsy's Wedding'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  2. ^ Rea, Steven (1990-07-01). "Newcomer Is the Life of 'Betsy's Wedding' the Film Hasn't Won Raves from Critics, But Anthony LaPaglia Has Caught Their Eye". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  3. ^ Van Gelder, Lawrence (1991-04-26). "At the Movies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 

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