Nurse Betty

Nurse Betty is a comedy about a waitress from Kansas, (Renee Zellweger), who is obsessed with a character on her favorite soap opera. The character is a handsome heart surgeon who Betty is convinced is in love with her. After Betty witnesses her husband's murder, she slips into a delusional state and drives to Los Angeles to seek out her beloved doctor. As the lines between fiction and reality blur for Betty and everyone around her, the hit-man who tracks her down begins to have delusions of his own.

  • Starring: Renee Zellweger, Morgan Freeman, Chris Rock and Greg Kinnear
  • Director(s): Neil LaBute
  • Producer(s): DDF Films
  • Screenwriter(s): John C. Richards
  • Distributor: USA Films
  • Animal Coordinator: John Valencia, Aqua Trends
  • Release Date: Friday, September 08, 2000
  • Rating: Acceptable

Featured Animal Action

For the Birds... Betty is married to a used car salesman named Del who is clearly a loser. They share a modest little house with a pet bird, a cockatiel. The bird is seen in its cage in several scenes and eventually goes to live with Betty's friend when Betty heads for Los Angeles. In actuality, the bird and its double went to live in a new home after filming was completed. Both cockatiels were adopted by one of the crew. Fishy business... Once in Los Angeles Betty shares a little bungalow with a girl named Rosa. Rosa has an aquarium filled with several tropical fish. In one scene the tank is knocked over and crashes to the floor, spilling the water and the fish. In a subsequent scene the fish are seen rescued and swimming in a much smaller vase cum fish bowl. This sequence was filmed in cuts and no fish was harmed or stressed when the tank was overturned. In fact, the fish were removed for the actual crash by a professional handler. All the fish went back to the aquatic supplier when filming was completed.