The Legend of Lizzie Borden
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The Legend of Lizzie Borden

100 min
Drama | History | Mystery
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Paul Wendkos
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1975-02-10
Elizabeth Montgomery
Lizzie Borden
Fionnula Flanagan
Bridget Sullivan
Ed Flanders
Hosea Knowlton
Katherine Helmond
Emma Borden
Don Porter
George Robinson
Fritz Weaver
Mr. Andrew Borden
John Beal
Dr. Bowen
Helen Craig
Mrs. Abby Borden
Alan Hewitt
Mayor Coughlin
Gail Kobe
Alice Russell
Robert Symonds
Andrew Jennings
Hayden Rorke
Julien Ralph
Iggie Wolfington
Store proprietor
Amzie Strickland
Adelaide Churchill
John Zaremba
Judge Blaisdell
Norman Stuart
Dr. Wood
Jon Lormer
Lynn Wood
Mrs. Raymond
Olan Soule
Eli Bence
Judson Morgan
Justice Morgan
John Alvin
Dr. Draper
Patricia Wilson
Hannah Reagan
Tracie Savage
Young Lizzie
Gloria Stuart
Store customer
Joan Crosby
Jason Johnson
Jury foreman (uncredited)
Did you know?
Elizabeth Montgomery and Lizzie Borden were sixth cousins once removed, both descending from 17th-century Massachusetts resident John Luther. Rhonda McClure, the genealogist who documented the Montgomery-Borden connection, said, "I wonder how Elizabeth would have felt if she knew she was playing her own cousin."
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The European theatrical version of the movie shows Elizabeth Montgomery's nudity during the scene when she kills her parents. In that version she is shown standing naked, covered in blood, holding an ax. In the ABC version, careful editing implies her nudity while never actually showing her naked.
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This was Gloria Stuart's first acting role in 29 years, since She Wrote the Book (1946).
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When Lizzie goes to the kitchen sink after her father's killing to wash off the blood which is covering her body, she is supposed to be naked. However, you can see a white towel tied around her chest, just barely visible at the bottom of the frame, in the close-up shots as she is washing.
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High voltage power cables on pylons can be seen on the hills behind the Borden house.
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Adelaide Churchill: Lizzie what's wrong?
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Mrs. Abby Borden: I'll not be cast out into the street to starve!
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Maggie the maid: Mean old skinflint! Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Borden: Watch your tongue!
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Is this a true story?
This film was based on the real account of the Fall River double homicide of Andrew and Abby Borden on August 4, 1892. Andrew's daughter Lizzie was tried and acquitted of the murders in a public trial in June 1893, and the courtroom testimony in the film is drawn from the actual transcripts of that trial. However, no one has ever conclusively proven who murdered the Bordens, and the scenario presented in the film is only one possibility.
Was Lizzie Borden really a redhead?
Traditionally, she is portrayed in media as a redhead, but her passport, dated 1890 (two years before the murders), states that her hair was "light brown."
Was the movie filmed in the real Borden house?
No. The Borden house (which still exists) is a very tight residence made of many small rooms, which would make filming at the time very difficult. However, the set of the film is very closely modeled on the layout of rooms in the real house (for example, it is possible to see the spot where Abby was murdered by standing near the top of the front stair, just as the movie shows).Visitors to the Borden house today can see an actual dress, worn by Elizabeth Montgomery, on display in the foyer, just inside the front door.
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Photos from cast
Bonnie Bartlett J. Edward McKinley