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Frances -- Jessica Lange stars in her Oscar-nominated performance of 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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Release Date:
3 February 1983 (Argentina) See more »
Beautiful. Talented. Intelligent. Courageous. She Was Frances Farmer. She Should've Been The Silver Screen's Greatest Star. See more »
The true story of Frances Farmer's meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood and the tragic turn her life took when she was blacklisted. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Robbed of an Oscar... See more (53 total) »


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Jessica Lange ... Frances Farmer

Kim Stanley ... Lillian Farmer

Sam Shepard ... Harry York
Bart Burns ... Ernest Farmer

Jonathan Banks ... Hitchhiker

Bonnie Bartlett ... Studio Stylist
James Brodhead ... Desk Sergeant

Jane Jenkins ... Lady at Roosevelt Hotel (as J.J. Chaback)

Jordan Charney ... Harold Clurman
Rod Colbin ... Sentencing Judge
Daniel Chodos ... 'No Escape' director
Donald Craig ... Ralph Edwards
Sarah Cunningham ... Alma Styles

Lee de Broux ... 'Flowing Gold' Director

Jeffrey DeMunn ... Clifford Odets
Jack Fitzgerald ... Clapper Man

Nancy Foy ... Autograph Girl

Anne Haney ... Hairdresser
Richard L. Hawkins ... Bum on Street (as Richard Hawkins)

James Karen ... Judge Hillier

Darrell Larson ... Louella's Spy
Patricia Larson ... Mrs. Hillier
Albert Lord ... 'Flowing Gold' Assistant Director
Vincent Lucchesi ... Arresting Sergeant
Jack Manning ... Studio Photographer
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Lobotomy Doctor

Woodrow Parfrey ... Dr. Doyle

Christopher Pennock ... Dick Steele
Rod Pilloud ... Martoni Kaminski
Larry Pines ... Man on Phone / Bookie Joint

John Randolph ... Kindly Judge

Allan Rich ... Mr. Bebe

Jack Riley ... Bob Barnes

David Schroeder ... Studio Lawyer (as David V. Schroeder)
Helen Schustack ... Wardrobe Mistress

Sandra Seacat ... Drama Teacher
Charles Seaverns ... Real Estate Man
Lane Smith ... Dr. Symington
Karin Strandjord ... Connie

Vern Taylor ... Studio Executive
Andrew Winner ... Firechief

Biff Yeager ... Motorcycle Cop

Keone Young ... Chinese Doctor

Alexander Zale ... Man in Screening Room
Paul Fleming ... Reports, Publicists, Photographers

M.C. Gainey ... Reports, Publicists, Photographers
Roger Galloway ... Reports, Publicists, Photographers
Matthew Goldsby ... Reports, Publicists, Photographers

Paul Keith ... Reports, Publicists, Photographers

F. William Parker ... Reports, Publicists, Photographers
Charles Shull ... Reports, Publicists, Photographers
Teda Bracci ... Mental Patient
Jan Burrell ... Mental Patient
Flo Di Re ... Mental Patient (as Flo di Re)
Dodds Frank ... Mental Patient

Patricia Gaul ... Mental Patient
Robin Ginsburg ... Mental Patient

Pamela Gordon ... Mental Patient

Anjelica Huston ... Mental Patient
Jamie Johnston ... Mental Patient
Ola Kauffman ... Mental Patient (as Ola Kaufman)
Donna Lamana ... Mental Patient (as Donna LaMana)
Sharmagne Leland-St. John ... Mental Patient
Jane Lillig ... Mental Patient
Alexandra Melchi ... Mental Patient
Patricia Post ... Mental Patient

Zelda Rubinstein ... Mental Patient (as Zelda Rubenstein)
Nina Schneider ... Mental Patient
Marlene Silvers ... Mental Patient
Vicki Williams ... Mental Patient
Susan Wolf ... Mental Patient
Tom Amundsen ... Doctors, Nurses and Orderlies
Anne Haslett ... Doctors, Nurses and Orderlies
Barry Jamesby ... Doctors, Nurses and Orderlies
Leonard Lookabaugh ... Doctors, Nurses and Orderlies (as Len Lookabaugh)
Oceana Marr ... Doctors, Nurses and Orderlies
Vahan Moosekian ... Doctors, Nurses and Orderlies
Tom Pletts ... Doctors, Nurses and Orderlies
Eileen T'Kaye ... Doctors, Nurses and Orderlies
Lila Waters ... Doctors, Nurses and Orderlies
Charles Prior ... Soldier
Carl Kraines ... Soldier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kevin Costner ... Luther (Man in Alley) (uncredited)

J. Michael Flynn ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Ted King ... Doctor (uncredited)
Casey MacGill ... Singer, musician (uncredited)
Michael Mallory ... Seattle Reporter (uncredited)

Allen Nause ... Reports - Publicists - Photographers (uncredited)

Jayne Taini ... Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Graeme Clifford 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eric Bergren 
Christopher De Vore 
Nicholas Kazan 

Produced by
Jonathan Sanger .... producer
Mel Brooks .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
John Barry 
Cinematography by
László Kovács 
Film Editing by
John Wright 
Casting by
Nancy Foy 
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
Elisabeth Leustig 
Production Design by
Richard Sylbert 
Art Direction by
Ida Random 
Set Decoration by
George Gaines 
Costume Design by
Patricia Norris 
Makeup Department
Florence Avery .... makeup artist
Melanie Levitt .... makeup artist
Nadia .... makeup artist
Dorothy J. Pearl .... makeup designer (as Dorothy Pearl)
Robert L. Stevenson .... hair stylist (as Robert Stevenson)
Toni-Ann Walker .... hair designer (as Toni Walker)
Production Management
Charles Mulvehill .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Debra DuVal .... dga trainee
Michael Green .... second assistant director
Ed Milkovich .... first assistant director
William Scott .... first assistant director
Art Department
David Goldstein .... location lead painter
Emad Helmey .... set designer
Mike Higelmire .... leadman (as Michael Higelmire)
Ray Mercer Jr. .... property master
William A. Parks .... construction coordinator
Ernest Phillips .... stand by painter (as Ernest J. Phillips)
Arthur Shippee .... assistant property master (as Arthur B. Shippee Jr.)
Matt Springman .... assistant property master (as Matthew Springman)
Sharmagne Leland-St. John .... assistant: Richard Sylbert (uncredited)
Sound Department
Neil Brody .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Colgan .... sound editor
Nicholas Vincent Korda .... assistant adr editor (as Nick Korda)
Robert J. Litt .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Nichols II .... sound recordist
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer (as Charlene Richards)
David M. Ronne .... sound mixer (as David Ronne)
Kay Rose .... supervising sound editor
Victoria Rose Sampson .... sound editor
John B. Schuyler .... boom operator (as John Schuyler)
Norman B. Schwartz .... supervising adr editor (as Norman Schwartz)
Larry Singer .... adr editor
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
Jerry Wills .... stunt coordinator
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer (as Rick Aguilar)
Paul Caven .... electrical best boy (as Paul J. Caven)
Chuck Fey .... second unit assistant camera
Daniel C. Gold .... assistant camera (as Dan Gold)
O.T. Henderson .... dolly grip
Gemma La Mana .... still photographer (as Gemma La Manna Wills)
Leonard Lookabaugh .... key grip (as Len Lookabaugh)
László Pal .... camera operator: second unit
László Pal .... second unit camera
George Ressler .... grip best boy (as George Resler)
Robert M. Stevens .... camera operator (as Robert Stevens)
Joseph E. Thibo .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Elisabeth Leustig .... extras casting
Jack Leustig .... extras casting
Pat Orseth .... casting: Seattle location
Linda Phillips-Palo .... extras casting assistant (as Linda Palo)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Martinelli .... women's costumer
Patrick R. Norris .... costumer (as Patrick Norris)
Deahdra Scarano .... costumer (as Deahdra T. Scarano)
G. Tony Scarano .... men's costumer (as Tony Scarano)
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Aubrey Head .... color timer
Kathy Virkler .... assistant film editor
Charles Woolf .... assistant film editor
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
Kenneth Hall .... music editor
Cliff Kohlweck .... music editor (as Clif Kohlweck)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Paul Casella Jr. .... transportation coordinator
Walt Freitas .... transportation captain (as Walter Freitas)
Other crew
Randy Auerbach .... assistant: Jonathan Sanger
Blanche Bisbing .... assistant production accountant
Wendy Sterne Brown .... script supervisor
Ginnie Bukowski .... assistant to director
Paulette 'Pete' Elkins .... assistant to director (as Pete Elkins)
Gigi Gray .... assistant to director
Vince Heileson .... production accountant
Stewart O. Jacobson .... script consultant
Lois Kibbee .... script consultant
Carole Noia .... research consultant
Joe O'Har .... location manager
Deborah Rosen .... unit publicist
Melba Smith .... behavioral consultant
Teresa Stokovic .... production office coordinator
Adrian J. Williams .... medical advisor
James L. Wills .... craft service
Tom Zapata .... production assistant
Lynn Hendee .... production executive (uncredited)
Sandra Seacat .... acting coach: Jessica Lange (uncredited)

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140 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) | Australia:M | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

Actress and author Lois Kibbee, who had begun collaborating with Frances Farmer on a book about her life, worked as a consultant for the movie.See more »
Anachronisms: A shot of the outside of a New York building shows many modern window air-conditioners, although this was supposed to be the 1930s or 1940s.See more »
Mr. Bebe:Come along with me, Fanny.
Frances Farmer:Frances. You know, I'm not the cookbook.
Mr. Bebe:You see, you've got to change that name.
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42 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Robbed of an Oscar..., 30 November 2005
Author: Isaac5855 from United States

Jessica Lange was robbed of an Academy Award for her mesmerizing performance in the 1982 film, FRANCES, a relatively gripping character study/biography of the late 1930's actress Frances Farmer, who, after being ostracized from Hollywood, ended up being declared insane, institutionalized, and lobotomized, according to this screenplay. Not knowing a lot about the actress before the release of this film, I have never been sure of how factual it is (I always got the feeling that the Harry York character, played by Sam Shepherd, was fictional), but how many screen biographies are big on the facts? Sometimes facts are glossed over and/or ignored for the sake of preserving or igniting drama. Whether or not this is true is for those who knew Farmer to say. I did see an interview once with Farmer's nephew (?) who was very pleased with Lange's interpretation of Farmer and that is exactly why this film is worth seeing. Despite a meandering screenplay, turgid direction, and a feeling the movie is about 30 minutes too long, this movie is worth seeing for one reason and one reason only...the riveting performance by Jessica Lange. She is in virtually every frame of this movie and makes every single moment vivid and striking and achingly real. This film should be shown to acting classes on a daily basis...maybe the best performance by an actress in a leading role during the decade of the 1980's. Not a great film, but an amazing performance by a consummate actress that must be seen to be believed.

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