Lizzie Borden Took An Ax - Andrew Jennings (Billy Campbell) and Lizzie Borden (Christina Ricci) ©2014 Marvin Moore, photo by Chris Reardon

Lizzie Borden Took an Ax tells the real life story of Lizzie Borden, one of the most legendary figures in American history.

She first whetted the public’s voracious interest in scandalous crimes in the 1800s with her own gruesome story involving the brutal murder of her parents.

The TV movie Lizzie Borden Took an Ax stars Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award nominee Christina Ricci of Monster fame as Lizzie Borden, Golden Globe® Nominee Billy Campbell (The Killing) and Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Clea DuVall (Argo),

The original tv movie Lizzie Borden Took an Ax premieres on Lifetime January 25, 2014, at 8pm ET/PT.

Lizzie Borden Took An Ax – Lizzie Borden (Christina Ricci) ©2014 Marvin Moore, photo by Chris Reardon

Lizzie Borden Took an Ax – Official Lowdown


On a scorching, hot summer day in 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts, Lizzie Borden returns home to the house she shares with her father Andrew, stepmother Abby and sister Emma. 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, 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.


Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online