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The Betsy is a 1978 film made by the Harold Robbins International Company and released by Allied Artists. It was directed by Daniel Petrie and produced by Robert R. Weston and Emanuel L. Wolf with Jack Grossberg as associate producer. The screenplay was by William Bast and Walter Bernstein, adapted from the novel of the same title by Harold Robbins. The novelist considered The Betsy as the "best movie adaptation of any of his works."

The film stars Laurence Olivier, Robert Duvall, Katharine Ross, Tommy Lee Jones, Jane Alexander, Joseph Wiseman, Kathleen Beller, Edward Herrmann, Paul Rudd, and Lesley-Anne Down.

The Betsy features music composed by John Barry.

The Betsy was filmed at Rosecliffmarker mansion in Newport Rhode Islandmarker.


The plot involves a fading family-owned automobile manufacturer and its owners who pin their hopes for a return to profitability on a new model named for the granddaughter of the firm's founder. The story is centered on corporate secrets and family betrayal. Several of the characters are based on members of the Ford family of Detroit; the most obvious parallel is between the character player by Olivier and that of Henry Ford.

Assembly-plant footage was filmed at the American Motors (AMC) Kenosha, Wisconsinmarker facility. It shows 1978 Gremlin, Pacer, and Concord models being built and painted.

Jones and Duvall reunited a decade later in Larry McMurtry's sweeping western epic, Lonesome Dove.


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