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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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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Drama

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Release Date:

30 September 1983 (USA)  »

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Harold Robbins' The Lonely Lady  »

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Budget:

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

Pia Zadora was the first actress to win back-to-back consecutive Razzie Awards winning first for Worst Actress in 1982 for Butterfly (1982) then won the same award the next year for this movie. 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

Featured in At the Movies: The Stinkers of 1983 (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Give It Up
Written by Jeff Harrington and Jeff Pennig
Performed by Jeff Harrington
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I don't think it could be worse
19 March 1999 | by (Budapest) – See all my reviews

There is absolutely nothing to redeem this movie. They took a sleazy story, miscast it, miswrote it, misfilmed it. It has bad dialogue badly performed in a meandering and trashy story.

As badly as it fails as art, it fails even worse as commerce. Who could have been the target market for this. What age group? What interest group?

Someone should make a movie about how and why they made this movie. That I would pay to see.

I've seen thousands of bad movies, and this ranks with "Sailor Who Fell from Grace" and "Manos" ... my choices as the three most unredeemably bad movies I've ever seen. Everybody associated with it should be forced to make conversation with VanDamme for all eternity.

I challenge you. Watch this movie and perform an academic exercise - how could you take this and make it worse? I can't think of one way.


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