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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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Walter Thornton
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Veronica Randall
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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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Trivia

When touring the talk show circuit to promote this film, Pia Zadora repeatedly portrayed it as "a cross between Rocky (1976) and Emmanuelle (1974)". 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

Jerilee: [while accepting a major award] I don't suppose I'm the only one who's had to fuck her way to the top.
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Referenced in Crash: Los Angeles (2009) See more »

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Give It Up
Written by Jeff Harrington and Jeff Pennig
Performed by Jeff Harrington
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Lousy even by the low standards of Harold Robbins adaptations
19 July 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This early Pia Zadora vehicle followed a familiar Harold Robbins formula: ambitious main character wallows in decadence while pursuing the path to the top of some randomly chosen but glamorous world, in this case the movie industry. But despite being so formulaic as to be completely predictable, this movie manages at the same time to be completely unbelievable. Zadora (to call her inexperienced as an actress is to be charitable) never convinces as a screenwriter. One would expect a movie about movie-making to have some insights into its own industry and creative process. But the script gives her none of the qualities which make writers interesting movie characters: observance, skill with words, a love-hate relationship with one's own creative abilities. Her character is as empty as a donut hole. And this is just a taste of the incompetence on display here. The cinematography is so murky that it is sometimes hard to see what is happening. And the scenes never really hang together, so everything seems like a succession of random moments at bad Hollywood parties. Avoid.


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