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The Lonely Lady (1983)

A young aspiring screenwriter allows others to exploit her in the hopes of achieving success in Hollywood. She goes through affair after sordid affair in her attempt to write her own screenplay and have it produced.

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Vincent Dacosta
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George Ballantine
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Joe Heron
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George Fox
Kendal Kaldwell ...
Joanne Castel
Lou Hirsch ...
Bernie
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Walter Thornton Jr.
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 the San Fernando Valley, dreams of becoming a famous screenwriter. 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 have 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. See more »

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30 September 1983 (USA)  »

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Harold Robbins' The Lonely Lady  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,223,220, 2 October 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,223,220, 2 October 1983
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the novel on which this film is based, the scene where Pia Zadora's character accepts Best Screenplay was set at the Academy Awards and featured Jerilee Randall dropping her dress to appear totally nude with an Oscar statuette tattooed across her torso, the head of which was buried in her crotch. See more »

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

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Turkish Casper (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

You Are Everything to Me
Written by Willie Wilkerson and Mike Brayn
Performed by Larry Graham
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Not the worst of all time, but in the top 5
4 May 1999 | by 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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