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The Lonely Lady (1983)

R  |   |  Drama  |  30 September 1983 (USA)
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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:
Lloyd Bochner ...
Walter Thornton
Veronica Randall
Joseph Cali ...
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 <>

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Harold Robbins' The Lonely Lady  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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This movie was first released in the USA just four months before the similarly titled but decidedly different comedy The Lonely Guy (1984). 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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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Mommie Dearest (2014) See more »


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No, it's not to my liking, but I couldn't stop watching
1 May 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I haven't been able to decide if this movie is so bad it's good, or, to quote Enid Coleslaw, "so bad it's gone past good and back to bad again." No matter, it forced me look much the same way a pile of weird coloured vomit might, and it offers up a number of scenes that you won't forget even if you want to. There's a sneering young Ray Liotta telling a pigtailed Pia that her creative writing trophy looks like a penis. A bit later, there's Ray again, molesting Pia, not with the appropriately shaped trophy but a garden hose. There's a firm chinned Pia telling her domineering Mom that she wants to go to bed with Ray's geezer father, Walter. There's the actress in the graveyard scene yowling the best line ever written by Pia or anyone else: "WWWWHHHYYYYYYY!" There's that garden hose again, as Walter waves it Pia's face and roars "Is this more to your liking!?" There's Pia and her date so turned on by closeups of each other masticating salad that they start tearing each other's clothes off. There's Pia showering but forgetting to remove her dress. Perhaps best of all, there's Pia's typewriter, but instead of keys there are the miniature talking heads of those who have tormented her the most (afterwards, I was afraid to open my laptop). And finally there's Pia at "The Awards" exposing Hollywood for the cesspool it is, spitting out the second best line ever, "I guess I'm not the only one who has ever had to **** her way to the top." I see I have already spent more time commenting on "The Lonely Lady" than I have on far better pictures, so I'll quit. Be forewarned, though, that once you start watching you probably won't be able to take your eyes off the screen until two hours of your life have vanished forever.

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