The Betsy (1978)




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Based on the novel by Harold Robbins, this is the story of Loren Hardeman, Sr., a Midwestern automobile manufacturer (Lord Olivier) who pins his future on The Betsy, a "wonder car" named after his daughter (Kathleen Beller). The Betsy is designed to last practically forever, which doesn't rest well with the "planned obscolence" mindset of the auto industry. Flashbacks cover his career from his 40s to the present, when he is in his 90s. Hardeman, Sr. has a weak-willed son, Hardeman, Jr., (Robert Duvall) who is forced into taking charge of the family business.

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Laurence Olivier
as Loren Hardeman
Robert Duvall
as Loren Hardeman III
Katharine Ross
as Sally Hardeman
Tommy Lee Jones
as Angelo Perino
Jane Alexander
as Alicia Hardeman
Lesley-Anne Down
as Lady Bobby Ayres
Joseph Wiseman
as Jake Weinstein
Kathleen Beller
as Betsy Hardeman
Edward Herrmann
as Dan Weyman
Paul Rudd (II)
as Loren Hardeman Jr.
Roy Poole
as Duncan
Richard Venture
as Mark Sampson
Titos Vandis
as Angelo Luigi Perino
Clifford David
as Joe Warren
Inga Swenson
as Mrs. Craddock
Whitney Blake
as Elizabeth Hardeman
Charlie Fields
as Loren III as a Boy
Fred Carney
as Boardmember #2
Maury Cooper
as Boardmember #3
Norman Palmer
as Boardmember #1
Russell Porter
as Boardmember #4
William Roerick
as Secretary of Commerce
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