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The Lady in Red (1979)

R | | Action, Drama, Romance | July 1979 (USA)
1930's gangster era film about Dillinger and his last girl. Written by John Sayles.

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Jake Lingle
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Rose Shimkus
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Eddie
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Pinetop
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Pops Geissler
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Frognose
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Patek
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Satin
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Hennessey
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1930's gangster era film about Dillinger and his last girl. Written by John Sayles.

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July 1979 (USA)  »

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Guns, Sin and Bathtub Gin  »

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$400,000 (estimated)
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Near the climax, Eddie manages to escape from a police blockade by driving backwards. During his audio commentary, John Sayles reveals that he had originally written an earlier scene in which Dillinger taught Eddie how to drive a car backwards. But this scene was cut for time and budgetary reasons and was never shot. See more »

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Reflection of crew-members and equipment visible in car window when Polly and Eddie find their way blocked by the police. See more »

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[first lines]
Polly Franklin: In the heart of little old New York, You'll find a thoroughfare. It's the part of little old New York That runs into Times Square. A crazy quilt that "Wall Street Jack" built, If you've got a little time to spare, I want to take you there. Come and meet those dancing feet, On the avenue I'm taking you to, Forty-Second Street.
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Featured in Big Bad Mama II (1987) See more »

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If I Could Be with You
(uncredited)
Music by James P. Johnson
Courtesy Warner Bros. Music
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Fun, Thrills, and Wholesale Cheese
17 August 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Clearly a product of the Corman School, Sayles's first major screenplay shows that he already knew how to tell a great story from an interesting angle, something he has never forgotten how to do.

Director Teague keeps the pace rattling along, and hammers the message home fast (he was an occasional assistant to Sam Fuller, of course).

The plot's quite straightforward, and all the better so - this packs something of the punch of the 30's classic gangster films, but with distinctly 70's sensibilities to violence.

Where the film becomes more interesting than your average low-budget 'gangster-exploiter', however, is in the telling of the story through her eyes, rather than his (a distinctly 70's approach). Yet it's wonderfully ambiguous, on reflection, as to whether the film champions her willingness to break away and start acting for herself (she's a great strong character), or whether she just goes from one woman in peril situation to the other (which is the plot, basically).

I've probably over-analyzed it already, but if you've got a spare hour and a half on your hands, give it a chance. A classic of its kind.


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