The Betsy (1978) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
4.9/ 10 (932 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
Allied Artists Pictures [us]
Harold Robbins International Company
United Artists [us]

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(USA) - 9 February 1978
(West Germany) - 23 March 1978
(Denmark) - 26 April 1978
(Colombia) - 28 June 1978
(Netherlands) - 3 August 1978

Running Time

The Harold Robbins people. What you dream...they do!

arson, auto-design, auto-industry, automobile-history, based-on-novel, bestseller, black-nylon-stockings, blackmail, board-meeting, bootlegger, breast-suckling, business, car-crash, car-race, critically-bashed, detroit-michigan, divorce, falling-from-height, father-in-law-daughter-in-law-relationship, father-son-relationship, female-frontal-nudity, female-full-frontal-nudity, female-nudity, flapper, flashback,

Technical Support
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm

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Full Cast

  1. Cain, William (II) as [Butler] <27>
  2. Carney, Fred (I) as [Boardmember #2] <22>
  3. Cooper, Maury as [Boardmember #3] <23>
  4. Czmyr, Nick as [Bellhop] <20>
  5. David, Clifford as [Joe Warren] <14>
  6. Duvall, Robert as [Loren Hardeman III] <2>
  7. Fields, Charles as [Loren III, as a boy] <19>
  8. Herrmann, Edward as [Dan Weyman] <9>
  9. Higgins, Edward C. (I) as [Chauffer] <28>
  10. Jones, Tommy Lee as [Angelo Perino] <4>
  11. Kuehl, H. August as [Male Guest] <30>
  12. Malkovich, Erik as [Young Man at Party]
  13. Malkovich, Kent as [Young Boy at Party]
  14. Morgan, Read as [Donald] <18>
  15. Olivier, Laurence as [Loren Hardeman] <1>
  16. Palmer, Norman as [Boardmember #1] <21>
  17. Poole, Roy (I) as [John Duncan] <11>
  18. Porter, Russell (I) as [Boardmember #4] <24>
  19. Roerick, William as [Secretary of Commerce] <26>
  20. Rudd, Paul (II) as [Loren Hardeman Jr.] <10>
  21. Ruhl, Warney H. as [Security Guard] <25>
  22. Vandis, Titos as [Angelo Luigi Perino] <13>
  23. Venture, Richard as [Mark Sampson] <12>
  24. Wiseman, Joseph as [Jake Weinstein] <7>
  25. Alexander, Jane (I) as [Alicia Hardeman] <5>
  26. Beller, Kathleen as [Betsy] <8>
  27. Blake, Whitney (I) as [Elizabeth Hardeman] <16>
  28. Down, Lesley-Anne as [Lady Bobby Ayres] <6>
  29. Petrie, Mary (I) as [Nurse] <29>
  30. Ross, Katharine (I) as [Sally Hardeman] <3>
  31. Swenson, Inga as [Mrs. Craddock] <15>
  32. Williard, Carol as [Roxanne] <17>


  1. Drama

Full Plot

The patriarch of a family-owned corporation hires a young race car driver to help him design a fuel efficient car in secrecy. They face resistance from the president of the company (the patriarch's grandson), who wishes to eliminate the motor car division because of bad blood between himself and his grandfather. During flashbacks, a parallel set of problems is revealed in the family's past, problems that persist into the present, and the race car driver gets deeper into the web of deception and corporate intrigue. Ed Sutton Plot not found

Total Business

GR: USD 17,685,000 (USA)

Movie Certificate

16 (Netherlands)
18 (UK)(video rating) (1987)
X (UK)(original rating)
K-16 (Finland)
16 (Norway)
15 (Sweden)
12 (Iceland)

Music Composers

  1. Barry, John (I)


  1. Tosi, Mario

Dress Designers

  1. Jeakins, Dorothy


Allied Artists Pictures [us] - (1978) (USA) (theatrical)
CBS / Fox Video [us] - (1984) (USA) (VHS) (Pan and scan for Lorimar Distribution)
Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) [us] - (1979) (USA) (TV)
Lorimar Distribution International Inc. [us] - (1984) (worldwide) (VHS)

Film Editors

  1. Roland, Rita


  1. Albert, Ted (publicist)
  2. Frankish, Brian E. (location manager)
  3. Greedy, Alan (script supervisor) (as Allan Greedy)
  4. Honner, Maryjane (location auditor assistant)
  5. Imbler, Lori (production co-coordinator)
  6. Knight, Jack (III) (production accountant) (as Jack S. Knight)
  7. Lewin, Lynn J. (assistant to producer)
  8. Perri, Dan (I) (montage designer)
  9. Perri, Dan (I) (title designer)
  10. Petrie, Donald (production assistant)
  11. Ryan, Geoffrey (production assistant)
  12. Thaler, Scott (production assistant)
  13. Weston, Mark (VI) (production assistant)
  14. Wolf, Emanuel L. (presenter)


Angelo Perino: I gather you didn't enjoy being a racer's wife. Lady Bobby Ayres: Well, let's just say I was a widow long before my husband died. Angelo Perino: That's the trouble with parents - always ask when they shouldn't; never ask when they should. Loren Hardeman III: [referring to Loren I] Look at him, the sonuvabitch! Thinks he's cock-of-he-walk again! Dan Weyman: But not without a certain justification. Loren Hardeman: Son, I hate to say this, but in your heart you know it anyway. You're not within twenty years of running a company bigger than a bicycle shop, let alone a great company like mine. Mark Sampson: What can I do for you, Mr. Perino? Angelo Perino: Turn off the bullshit before we both drown in it. Sally Hardeman: I love you, Loren, even if I have to be damned for it! Loren Hardeman: Angelo, I don't want anyone else to get hurt. I'm giving up the Betsy. Angelo Perino: [shocked] You're what? Loren Hardeman: I've seen people broken before, and it's not gonna happen again. The next funeral I want to attend is my own. [last lines] Loren Hardeman: Don't you worry, son, you got me behind yuh. Angelo Perino: What'll I do when you're gone? Loren Hardeman: [walking out the door] Oh... oh, yeah... [laughs]... yeah. Well... [smiling] Better learn fast.

Other Titles

  1. Betsy (1978) (ENG)

  2. Der Clan (1978) (ENG)
    (West Germany)

  3. Harold Robbins' The Betsy (1978) (ENG)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Detroit, Michigan, USA
  2. Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - (automobile manufacturing scenes at a former American Motors Corporation assembly plant)
  3. Newport, Rhode Island, USA
  4. Rosecliff Mansion - 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island, USA


- The "assembly line" scenes for BMC were actually filmed at the AMC (American Motors Corporation) plant located at Kenosha, Wisconsin. In several shots you can catch glimpses of a 1978 Gremlin, Pacer, and Concord being built and painted. The plant was destroyed by Chrysler in the early-'90s. Also, some shots of contemporary "BMC" automobiles are actually badly redecorated Fords; a Granada and LTD are among the unfortunate victims of a very hideous restyle.

- This film is listed among The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE® MOVIE GUIDE.

- This movie was made and released about seven years after its source novel of the same name by 'Harold Robbins' (qv) was first published in 1971.

- The Loren Hardeman character, a Detroit automotive conglomerate, was inspired by automobile industrialist 'Henry Ford (I)' (qv).

- Publicity for this picture stated that it was the first time in film history that a major American car company allowed filming to be conducted at their facilities. The organization was American Motors and they allowed filming to be done at both their Detroit Design Studio and Wisconsin