Frances (1982)

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The true story of Frances Farmer's meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood and the tragic turn her life took when she was blacklisted.


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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry York
Bart Burns ...
Studio Stylist
James Brodhead ...
Desk Sergeant
Lady at Roosevelt Hotel (as J.J. Chaback)
Harold Clurman
Rod Colbin ...
Sentencing Judge
Daniel Chodos ...
'No Escape' director
Donald Craig ...
Ralph Edwards
Sarah Cunningham ...
Alma Styles
'Flowing Gold' Director


The true story of Frances Farmer's meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood and the tragic turn her life took when she was blacklisted.

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Her story is shocking, disturbing, compelling... and true. See more »


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Release Date:

3 February 1983 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Frances, mia adesmefti gymaika  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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This was Kevin Costner's first major motion picture. See more »


The recreated movie marquee for "Come and Get It" incorrectly spells Joel McCrea's name as McCrae. See more »


Arresting Sergeant: Your name?
Frances Farmer: You jerks drag me down here in the middle of the night and you don't know who the hell I am?
Arresting Sergeant: Your name lady?
Frances Farmer: Frances Elena Farmer. Want me to spell it?
Arresting Sergeant: And your address?
Frances Farmer: Put me down as a vag, vagrant, vagabond. What is this, a joke? It's a joke? Assault and battery? Huh? I barely touched that bitch.
Arresting Sergeant: Occupation?
Frances Farmer: Cocksucker.
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth (2008) See more »


Symphony #7 in A major, Op. 92, 2nd movement
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Herbert von Karajan conducting The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon
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A great performance
21 May 2006 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

That's the kind of movie I see over and over and over and it always give me the emotional density I was looking for... One of my favorite scenes is in this drama: Some time after lobotomy, Frances tells Jack that from this moment on the things will be slower... She has no more emotion, is no more that vivid girl she was. No matter if this really happen or not to the actress: the situation is pure emotion. I saw all the movies starred by Frances Farmer that was possible for me to see and it makes me like her very much. Again, the music of John Barry makes me cry. The Hollyood background have never been so perfect. Jessica Lange gives the right density to the drama of the girl... Oh, my God, how she deserved that Oscar she did'n get...

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