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In 1893, Massachusetts spinster Lizzie Borden (Elizabeth Montgomery) is accused of murdering her father and stepmother with a hatchet. A lengthy trial ensues, but the case is not as airtight as the prosecutors would like. There is no physical evidence at the scene of the crime, nor did Lizzie have any blood on her in the wake of the murders. Amid intense media scrutiny and wild speculation about her motives, Lizzie maintains her innocence to the end.

Cast & Crew

Ed Flanders
Hosea Knowlton
Fionnula Flanagan
Bridget Sullivan
Don Porter
George Robinson
Fritz Weaver
Mr. Andrew Borden
Bonnie Bartlett
Sylvia Knowlton
John Beal
Dr. Bowen
Helen Craig
Mrs. Abby Borden
Alan Hewitt
Mayor Coughlin
George LeMaire
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  • Dec 02, 2011
    It's a traditional thriller except that it's based on real events. In fact, the movie claims that it's considered to be one of the most infamous and bizarre cases of the 19th century. Just because I'd never heard of it before doesn't change the fact. Putting aside the topic of my (never-ending) ignorance, while it might be considered well executed for a TV movie that released more than 35 years ago, it didn't suit my taste. Almost all the old-fashioned horror elements were present: an actress laughing loudly, behaving weirdly almost all the time, the sound of ticking of clocks, etc. It's kinda Montgomery's transformation to Psycho. Whatever it was, I failed to like it. Since it's "based on a true story", they could have put the creative license to better use. Some of the facts that are twisted don't do any good to the movie. Despite of its gritty subject, they should have added a few light moments. The lack of light moments was another let-down. The dialogues weren't effective either. The rhyme towards the end was exceptionally great, though.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2009
    <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-legend-of-lizzie-borden-11956128"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/11/95/61/11956128_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> The Legend of Lizzie Borden</a> </div></div> This is a reasonably accurate and well acted account of the crime. The parents are accurately portrayed. If I had had to live with them, I would have chopped them up into little pieces with an axe, too, only I would have given forty two whacks -an extra just for good measure. There is a scene reminiscent of Joan Crawford forcing Christina to eat raw meat in MOMMIE DEAREST. The patriarch insists that the family eat mutton that has gone bad and is, according to the maid, "not fit for an animal." The parents were sloppily eating it like animals, too. Liz Montgomery is in her prime and revealing quite a lot of herself for the broadcasting standards of the day in this progressive, fast moving made-for-TV movie
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  • Jun 30, 2008
    Great performance by Elizabeth Montgomery, good period feeling, far superior to most made for TV movies. Shows what the medium is capable of.
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  • Jul 30, 2007
    A courtroom drama, a murder mystery, and a horror film. Mr. and Mrs. Borden are found hacked up by axe one morning in historical smalltown Fall River, Massachusetts. Everyone is suspicious of the daughter, Lizzie Borden, played chillingly and charmingly by Elizabeth Montgomery. A powerful and haunting film, as we flash back to the events leading up to the murder during the trial scenes. Part of the effectiveness is the spooky music.
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