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Will There Really Be a Morning? (1983)

This is the story of actress Frances Farmer.



(book), (teleplay)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frances Farmer
Lillian Farmer
Ernest Farmer
Joe Lambie ...
Bill Anderson
Clifford Odets
Adolph Zukor (as Leonard Cimino)
Professor Williams (as Jack Creeley)
Harold Clurman
Jeannie Elias ...
Lottie (as Jeanne Elias)
1st Doctor
Bruce Ornstein ...
John Garfield
Luther Adler
2nd Doctor (as Madeline Thornton-Sherwood)
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Based on the fast and frantic life of actress Frances Farmer tracing her life from her childhood in Seattle, through her college years, her flirtation with radical politics, her success in films and the theater, her doomed love affair with Clifford Odets, her physical and mental breakdown, and her ultimate emergence from an institution where she spent five years, to her death from cancer. Written by Matthew Patay

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22 February 1983 (USA)  »

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The Frances Farmer autobiography this TV-movie is based on was sensationalized (in order to facilitate a movie sale) and ghostwritten by Farmer's late-in-life friend Jeanira Ratcliffe. See more »

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I enjoyed this sad but realistic movie.
17 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

This was a good movie, but the portrayal of Frances Farmer by Actress Jessica Lange was absolutely worthy of an award. That version of her life is truly a film every aspiring actor should see. "Frances" is one of the most powerful movies I have seen and I highly recommend it.

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