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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

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Lloyd Bochner ...
Walter Thornton
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Veronica Randall
Joseph Cali ...
Vincent Dacosta
Anthony Holland ...
Guy Jackson
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George Ballantine
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Carla Romanelli ...
Carla Maria Peroni
Olivier Pierre ...
George Fox
Kendal Kaldwell ...
Joanne Castel
Lou Hirsch ...
Bernie
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Walt Thornton Jnr
Sandra Dickinson ...
Nancy Day
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Adolph Fannon
Nancy Wood ...
Janie
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Storyline

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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30 September 1983 (USA)  »

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Harold Robbins' The Lonely Lady  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film's entire American marketing campaign - Theatrical Trailers, TV Spots and Radio Ads - was written by Razzie Awards founder John Wilson, who argued with its producer to restore several especially funny scenes because he wanted to use them as clips in his Razzie Awards for Worst Achievements in Film. The scenes eventually did appear in the released film, and at The 4th Annual Razzie Awards ceremonies. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Guy: Bud, this is Jerilee. She's Mr. Thornton's assistant.
Bud: Sure. I hope you can spell, darling.
Jerilee: D - A - R - L - I - N - G
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Beyond the Darkness: Buio Omega (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

You Are Everything To Me
Written by Willie Wilkerson and Mike Brayn
Performed by Larry Graham
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Absolute zero
10 September 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Immediately after renting and watching this movie several years ago, a friend and I decided that it defined the absolute zero on the movie scale. There was nothing about the movie that could have been done worse than it was. To this day we still rate movies, even very bad ones, by how much better than "The Lonely Lady" they are.

A long time ago I saw an interview with Eleanor Perry, who wrote the screenplays for, among other things, "Last Summer" and "Diary of a Mad Housewife," and she related that she had been asked to write a screenplay for the Harold Robbins' book "The Lonely Lady." She said that she sent in a treatment and it was rejected because they didn't think she understood the difficulties of a female screenwriter in Hollywood. She then said "I think they got someone else to write it." The interview was filmed before the movie was released. She died in 1981, and I bet the first thing she did on arrival in heaven was personally thank God for saving her from involvement in the result.


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