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The Lonely Lady (1983)

A young screenwriter allows others to exploit her in the hopes of "making it" in Hollywood.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Thornton
Veronica Randall
Vincent Dacosta
Anthony Holland ...
Guy Jackson
George Ballantine
Carla Romanelli ...
Carla Maria Peroni
Olivier Pierre ...
George Fox
Kendal Kaldwell ...
Joanne Castel
Lou Hirsch ...
Walt Thornton Jnr
Sandra Dickinson ...
Nancy Day
Adolph Fannon
Nancy Wood ...


Jerilee Randall, a simple schoolgirl living in San Fernando, dreams of becoming a famous writer. While at a party, she meets the son of a famous screenwriter. The son invites her over to his house; she accepts. They drive away with some other people, and that night, she is assaulted by one of the son's friends with a garden hose. The "friend" is interrupted in his assault by screenwriter Walter Thornton, who arrives in time to save her from an even more disgusting fate. Walter's rescue of Jerilee begins a friendship between the two, and before you know it, the two fall in love. They marry. Their marriage falls apart when Jerilee's script rewrites actually improve one of Walter's screenplays and he feels one-upped. Jerilee then goes through affair after sordid affair in her attempt to write her own screenplay and get it produced. Written by Chris Holland <cholland@atlantic.net>

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From the sensual world of Harold Robbins comes the story of a woman's struggle for fame in Hollywood.




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Release Date:

30 September 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Harold Robbins' The Lonely Lady  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Meshulam Rikls, Pia Zadora's billionaire husband at the time this film was made, reputedly spent $5 million to make it, then paid Universal Pictures several million more to give it a theatrical release in the U.S. See more »


When Joe is in the pool, he's completely nude, but when he climbs out to assault Jerilee, he is wearing a pair of blue swimming trunks. See more »


Doctor: [Jerilee's mother comes to the hospital after Jerilee's nervous breakdown] A neighbor brought her in, Mrs. Randall. She was suffering from paranoia and hallucinations.
Veronica Randall: There's never been anything like that on my side of the family.
Doctor: Her condition was drug induced at the time. Tranquilizers, cocaine, amphetamines, alcohol. Would you know about her... eh... problems?
Veronica Randall: She's always been difficult.
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Not the worst of all time, but in the top 5
4 May 1999 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The depth of the creative bankruptcy in this film is most evidence in the final scene. The writers gave Pia Zadora's character a reasonably interesting name, Jerilee. (That's as close as I'll come to complimenting this picture). Then, when the nominees at the Oscars are being read, another screenwriter is named Jerilee, too. Bafflingly stupid.

This is one of the few movies so bad that it would even be passed over by nude-scene-hunting horny teenagers. Everything about is bad. There is not a single redeeming quality, not one scene that works, not a single character that isn't a benign, idiotic one-dimensional drip.

I can't call this the worst film ever made but it's close. However, the single worst scene in a movie I have ever seen is Pia Zadora's nervous breakdown.

Quite simply a waste of vital resources. 1/2* out of ****.

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