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Nurse Betty

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7262.710 (Published 16 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:710
  1. Sean A Spence, senior clinical lecturer in psychiatry
  1. University of Sheffield

    Directed by Neil LaBute, Pathé Productions, on worldwide general release

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    Betty Sizemore lives in Kansas and works in a diner. Her husband Del is a car salesman and is having an affair with his secretary. He treats Betty badly and she retreats into an inner life focused on the plot of a TV soap opera. She thinks she is in love with the soap's central character, Doctor David Ravell.

    From these unremarkable beginnings this accomplished film catapults its heroine into a hugely entertaining, yet subtle and thought provoking journey across western America, culminating in Hollywood. …

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