MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,090 this week

Lady in White (1988)

R  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery  |  22 April 1988 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 4,401 users  
Reviews: 65 user | 115 critic

An author tells the story of how, as a young boy growing up in a small town during the 1960's, he was haunted after witnessing the murder of a little girl.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 24 Dec 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 05 Sep 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 27 Oct 2013
 
a list of 33 titles
created 26 May 2014
 
a list of 33 titles
created 13 Aug 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Lady in White" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Lady in White (1988)

Lady in White (1988) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Lady in White.
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Fear No Evil (1981)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

High school student turns out to be personification of Lucifer. Two arch angels in human form (as women) take him on.

Director: Frank LaLoggia
Stars: Stefan Arngrim, Elizabeth Hoffman, Kathleen Rowe McAllen
Ghost Story (1981)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Four successful elderly gentlemen, members of the Chowder Society, share a gruesome, 50-year old secret. When one of Edward Wanderley's twin sons dies in a bizarre accident, the group ... See full summary »

Director: John Irvin
Stars: Craig Wasson, Alice Krige, Fred Astaire
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Haunted house chiller from Dan Curtis has Oliver Reed and Karen Black as summer caretakers moving into gothic house with their young son. The catch? The house rejuvenates a part of itself ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Burgess Meredith
Biography | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Hollywood filmmaker (Mike Jittlov) makes a short for an evil film studio. Unbeknownest to him, the producer has placed a bet of $25,000 that he won't come up with anything with a use. ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Jittlov
Stars: Mike Jittlov, Richard Kaye, Paige Moore
Pin (1988)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In this low-budget descendant of Psycho, Ursula and Leon are sister and brother, living alone, save for a large wooden puppet they call "Pin" (for Pinocchio). When Ursula starts hanging ... See full summary »

Director: Sandor Stern
Stars: David Hewlett, Cynthia Preston, Terry O'Quinn
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre.

Director: Peter Medak
Stars: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A young songwriter/musician joins a rock group but pays the price for success when she becomes involved with the band's leader and he tries to steal her music.

Director: Marc Rocco
Stars: Catherine Mary Stewart, Cameron Dye, Steve Railsback
The Woman in Black (TV Movie 1989)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin, a young solicitor is sent by his firm to settle the estate. The lawyer finds the townspeople reluctant to talk about or go ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wise
Stars: Adrian Rawlins, Bernard Hepton, David Daker
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  
Director: Mario Mattoli
Stars: Elsa Merlini, Nino Besozzi, Enrico Viarisio
Mother (Video 1995)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Weisser is a young college bound man whose future is threatened when his mother interferes with his love life and a pending scholarship. He also discovers that his mother's best friend wishes to get closer to him, even if it means murder.

Director: Frank LaLoggia
Stars: Diane Ladd, Olympia Dukakis, Morgan Weisser
Stiffs (1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Ralph Rosenblum
Stars: Leon Askin, Clifton James, Howard Loberfeld
Brute Corps (1971)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A couple runs into a strange Marine camp where soldiers perform training exercises. The girl gets tormented, and the guy goes after them.

Director: Jerry Jameson
Stars: Paul Carr, Joseph Kaufmann, Jennifer Billingsley
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Jason Presson ...
Renata Vanni ...
Angelo Bertolini ...
Joelle Jacobi ...
...
Gregory Levinson ...
...
...
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

Locked in a school closet during Halloween 1962, young Frank witnesses the ghost of a young girl and the man who murdered her years ago. Shortly afterward he finds himself stalked by the killer and is soon drawn to an old house where a mysterious Lady In White lives. As he discovers the secret of the woman he soon finds that the killer may be someone close to him. Written by Losman <losman@express-news.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The year is 1962. The place is Willowpoint Falls. Nobody talks about what happened in the school cloakroom 10 years ago. Now, in the dead of night, Frankie Scarlatti is going to find out why.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

22 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Dama de Branco  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,700,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,705,139 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

On the DVD commentary, director Frank LaLoggia says that he got the idea for using the song "Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?" (which is a significant plot element in the movie) from hearing it in the Eddie Cantor movie Roman Scandals (1933). Actually, this song does not appear in the Cantor film; it was written for the musical Sitting Pretty (1933). Both "Roman Scandals" and "Sitting Pretty" were released in 1933. See more »

Goofs

Director Frank LaLoggia mentions that in the strangling scene (at around 1h 40 mins), the cord was already around her neck and was hidden by her position and the lighting to achieve the effect that this man was evil to the point of almost being a spiritual presence so he could do anything. See more »

Quotes

Geno Scarlatti: [Frankie knees Geno in the groin] Quick! Call a doctor!
Frankie Scarlatti: Why?
Geno Scarlatti: To save my unborn child!
See more »

Connections

References Broken Arrow (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

GUAGLIONE
By Giuseppe Fanciulli (as G. Fanciulli) & Nicola Salerno
Performed by Vincenzo Gagliardi (as Enzo Gagliardi)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Perfect for Hallowe'en
11 October 2005 | by (Tampa, FL United States) – See all my reviews

This film combines elements from many other genres, and makes itself unique. It is a ghost story, a murder mystery, a nostalgia film, and a family drama.

The story is centered on Frankie, a successful novelist of horror stories. He returns to his home town in the Northeastern United States, during autumn, and the basic film is a flashback.

Within the film are hints that make it more intriguing. Frankie sells greeting cards, and from them gets a typewriter, presaging his career as an author. His schoolwork reflects this, as he writes a frightening short story to spook his schoolmates -- and his teacher. A couple of his classmates trick him into going into the coat closet as the school is closing, and lock him in.

After trying to get out, he eventually falls asleep, and wakens to the sight of the ghost of a young girl, who is condemned to relive, as it were, her murder. Later, the murderer comes into the closet and nearly strangles Frankie to death.

Frankie has a near-death experience, but is revived. He then experiences a number of unusual events, such as seeing The Lady In White, a ghost of a woman seeking her missing daughter. Much of the story is seen in the context of an Italo-American family, with mild comedic incidents.

Major spoiler: The identity of the murderer is a bit easy to figure out, particularly with him whistling an early Bing Crosby song that Frankie (and the audience) knows is connected to the little girl's ghost.

The film delivers on all its fronts, and is perfect to watch after the Trick-Or-Treaters have finished.


9 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Starts and ends with a plot hole. (spolier) craig-278
What IS it with THAT song??? wolfbane49
I Live In Newark, NY where they built the house for the set rachelhurdwood0
Old Fashioned Ghost Story matt359
Soundtrack Lips98
Did Phil murder his parents? CityKittyz
Discuss Lady in White (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page