Betsy's Wedding

For the novel, see Betsy's Wedding (novel).
Betsy's Wedding

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Alan Alda
Produced by Martin Bregman
Louis A. Stroller
Written by Alan Alda
Music by Bruce Broughton
Cinematography Kelvin Pike
Edited by Michael E. Polakow
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
June 22, 1990 (1990-06-22)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $24 million
Box office $19,740,070

Betsy's Wedding is a 1990 American romantic-comedy film written, directed by and starring Alan Alda. It co-stars Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Madeline Kahn, Joey Bishop, Joe Pesci, Anthony LaPaglia, Burt Young and Catherine O'Hara.


Eddie Hopper is a construction contractor from Long Island, New York, with two grown daughters. One of them, Betsy, is about to be married.

Money is tight in the Hopper household, but Eddie, much to the distress of his wife, Lola, decides that it is important to throw a lavish wedding to impress the well-off family of the man Betsy is to marry. Everyone in the family is throwing advice Eddie's way, even the ghost of his father.

A new house Eddie is building is adding to his financial and emotional woes. In desperation, he turns to his crooked brother-in-law, Oscar, who ends up getting Eddie involved with loan sharks. A young man named Stevie Dee is sent to keep an eye on Eddie, but instead turns his gaze to Connie Hopper, who is not only a police officer but the bride's sister.

Betsy's wedding ultimately goes on as scheduled, but is disrupted by a torrential downpour of rain.



The plot was reportedly inspired by the marriage of Alda's youngest daughter.


Betsy's Wedding received mixed reviews from critics, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 50% rating. Reviews of the film included comments such as "threadbare concoction",[1] "narcissism flourishing like ragweed" and "unctuous".[2]

It was nominated for two Razzie Awards: Worst Actress for Molly Ringwald (who lost to Bo Derek for Ghosts Can't Do It) and Worst Supporting Actress for Ally Sheedy (who lost to Sofia Coppola for The Godfather Part III).

Betsy's Wedding has been cited as launching the movie career of Anthony LaPaglia.[3]


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