Undertaking Betty (2005)

Undertaking Betty
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating R
Runtime 1hr 34mins.
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance, Romantic Comedy
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Christopher Walken Actor Frank 1 1000001
Lee Evans Actor Delbert 1 1000002
Brenda Blethyn Actor Betty 1 1000003
Alfred Molina Actor Boris 1 1000004
Naomi Watts Actor Meredith 1 1000005
Robert Pugh Actor Councilor Hugh Rhys-Jones 1 1000006
Miriam Margolyes Actor Thelma 1 1000007
Nick Hurran Director n/a 2 2000001
Jason Piette Producer n/a 3 3000001
Michael Cowan Producer n/a 3 3000002
Suzanne Lyons Producer n/a 3 3000003
Kate Robbins Producer n/a 3 3000004
Marie Vine Executive Producer n/a 174 3000005
Alex Marshall Executive Producer n/a 174 3000006
Terry Chenowith Executive Producer n/a 174 3000007
Frederick Ponzlov Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
James Welland Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
John Richards Editor n/a 172 7000001
Rupert Gregson Williams Music n/a 120781 8000001
Keith Maxwell Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Laura Rister Executive n/a 120806 11000001
Ffion Elinor Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Alan Jones Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Peter Darling Choreographer n/a 120803 17000001
Synopsis
Boris Plotz, Director of the Plotz Funeral Home, dreamed of only two things as a young boy: dancing and Betty. Betty secretly loved Boris, but could not find her father's wishes, so she was married off to a gold digger. Boris gave up his dreams and took over the family's undertaking business in their small town. Everything has remained status quo in their lives until Betty's mother-in-law dies. Boris and Betty are thrust together again and as they discuss the funeral arrangements for Betty's mother-in-law, the old spark is re-kindled. Her funeral will be held at Plotz Funeral Homes, much to the chagrin of the funeral director, Frank Featherbed. An America, Featherbed is determined to revolutionize the undertaking business in Whales through the innovation of "theme" funerals. Betty and Boris discover that the only obstacle between their love for one another is Betty's marriage to the two-timing mayor. In a desperate Bid for Happiness, Boris and Betty decide to stage her death and run away together. Meanwhile Featherbed is holding his first funeral--done much to the surprise of the bereaved, in a Star Trek theme. During the service, Featherbed's assistant operates the special effects that produce smoke and music. However, when he pushed the switch that raises the coffin for the "beamed up" effect, the switch sticks and the coffin breaks through the roof! Boris pursues the plan for faking Betty's death by enlisting the help of the town doctor. But still, nothing goes as planned, and so the comedy begins.