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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the final filmed adaptation of a Harold Robbins novel for almost twenty years until Harold Robbins' Body Parts (2001). 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 »


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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References Reds (1981) See more »


The Way You Do It
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Total Cheese-fest!
10 September 2002 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

When I initially saw this movie in the '80s I thought it was so bad, I couldn't watch it all the way through. Subsequent viewings of it on TV were the same. I never really saw the whole movie in it's entirety. I seemed to always come in at the same parts, either the garden hose scene or the psychedelic/Andy Warholish nervous breakdown scene. It was never shown on commercial television here in Toronto, it always seemed to be played on the premium movie channels (First Choice/Superchannel,later to be TMN/Moviepix) I guess they received this movie for really cheap from the distributor. Watching it recently in it's entirety was a real eye-opener! I don't know if it's the nostalgia factor, or just the fact that I am older and going senile, but I thought that this movie was "so bad, that it was so good" The bad acting, and the awful characters that are very unlikable would make most people turn off this movie. For me I went out and bought the video! I don't blame Pia Zadora's character for going off the deep-end at her typewriter. It just seemed most of the characters were really vile-I take it that this was to show how ruthless Hollywood can be...what a joke! If you want to see a comedy about how a movie should not be made, check out "The Lonely Lady"-it's a great waste of time!!

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