Red Betsy (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes

Red Betsy (2003)




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Wisconsin, 1941. A group of townspeople gather on a farm field, eagerly observing amateur pilot Dale Rounds as he readies his airplane for its inaugural flight. Dale built the plane with the help of his father, Emmet, from spare automotive parts. As the community watches with growing excitement and skepticism, Dale and Emmet remain determined to show that their contraption can really fly. Waiting expectantly on the sidelines among the crowd are Dale's girlfriend Winifred, and mother Helen. After a few false starts, the plane barrels down the makeshift runway and glides effortlessly into the air; progress is pioneered. The tale itself, paints a lyrical portrait of a close-knit Midwestern family dealing with loss, change and social progress during a pivotal time in American history, as the country is on the brink of war. Plans are altered and new paths are chosen. New lives are born and others are lost. Consistent though, is the community's gathering to share in and mark these special moments in life, as charted through the Rounds family.


Critic Reviews for Red Betsy

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

A picture that's lovely to look at but lacking in dramatic impact.

March 12, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Provides a bountiful harvest of emotions.

November 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is not the country postcard of Hollywood fantasies, but just a working farm in a district where there are few enough people that every personality seems back lighted.

November 14, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The movie is so general, so afraid to get specific with feelings and complicated characters, that of course I can relate -- just as I can almost always relate to my daily horoscope.

November 13, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

I can't recall a movie since The Straight Story that does as fine a job of capturing a Midwestern sensibility as Red Betsy.

November 21, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

It worms its way into our good graces with gentle insight and an understated approach.

November 14, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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