The true crime case that shocked a nation is now the thrilling movie event LIZZIE BORDEN TOOK AN AX, available on DVD and Digital on April 8 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award nominee Christina Ricci (TV’s “Pan Am”) gives a riveting lead performance in the suspenseful tale of Lizzie Borden,a young American woman accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an ax in 1892, and whose subsequent trial gave birth to an American obsession with the scandalous and sordid. Directed by acclaimed independent film and television director Nick Gomez (TV’s “The Sopranos”), and featuring a high-caliber supporting cast, including Golden Globe® Nominee Billy Campbell (TV’s “Helix”), Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Clea DuVall (Argo) and Gregg Henry (Payback), LIZZIE BORDEN TOOK AN AX brings a chilling American legend to life and dares to answer the question that has haunted American for over 122 years… did Lizzie really do it?
The film was written by Stephen Kay (The Mod Squad) and produced by Sony Pictures Television for Lifetime Television. Judith Verno (TV’s “Masters of Sex”) serves as executive producer with Michael Mahoney (TV’s “Bag of Bones”) producing.
Synopsis: On a scorching, hot summer day in 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts, Lizzie Borden (Ricci) returns home to the house she shares with her father Andrew, stepmother Abby and sister Emma (DuVall). But, unlike any normal day, Lizzie encounters the bloody scene of her parents violently murdered. Police quickly question multiple suspects in town, but evidence keeps pointing back to the Borden’s youngest daughter Lizzie, the seemingly wholesome Sunday school teacher, as the prime suspect. Lizzie’s lawyer, Andrew Jennings (Campbell), proclaims her innocence arguing that it is inconceivable a woman could commit the heinous crime of brutally murdering her family with an ax. Or is it? Lizzie is put on trial for the murders, both in the courtroom and in the press, sparking a widespread debate about her culpability. As the case rages on, the courtroom proceedings fuel an enormous amount of sensationalized stories and headlines in newspapers throughout the country, forever leaving Lizzie Borden’s name in infamy.
LIZZIE BORDEN TOOK AN AX has a run time of about 88 minutes and is not rated.