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Writers:
Dennis Turner (teleplay)
Ransdell Pierson (book)
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Release Date:
23 September 1990 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Spanning years of both Harry and Leona Helmsley's cutthroat control of their eponymonous empire, this made-for-TV movie chronicles both the high and low points of the couple's life together. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Actress Suzanne Pleshette Dies at 70
 (From WENN. 21 January 2008)

Actress Suzanne Pleshette Dies at 70
 (From WENN. 18 January 2008)

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"The only Palace in the world where the Queen stands guard!" See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Suzanne Pleshette ... Leona Helmsley

Lloyd Bridges ... Harry Helmsley

Joe Regalbuto ... Paul Summerton
Raymond Singer ... Jay Panzirer

Bruce Weitz ... Joseph Lubin
Marcia Diamond ... Leona's Mother
Patricia Collins ... Sandra
Gale Garnett ... May

Lori Hallier ... Sarah
Ken James
Victoria Snow ... Marilyn Norrito
Eric Donkin ... Stanley

Maurice Godin ... Mark
Marvin Goldhar ... Leona's Attorney
Ransdell Pierson ... Ransdell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jim Chad ... Matre'd (uncredited)
Janet Lo ... Reporter (uncredited)
Roger Montgomery ... Doorman 1990 (uncredited)

Jacqueline Samuda ... Reporter (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Michaels 
 
Writing credits
Dennis Turner (teleplay)

Ransdell Pierson (book "The Queen of Mean")

Produced by
Charles W. Fries .... executive producer (as Charles Fries)
Stuart A. Goldman .... co-executive producer
Mark Malis .... co-executive producer
Jane Ubell .... co-executive producer
Larry White .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dennis McCarthy 
 
Cinematography by
Hanania Baer 
 
Film Editing by
Andrew Cohen 
 
Casting by
Jean Frost 
Mark Malis 
 
Production Design by
David Jaquest 
 
Set Decoration by
Jaro Dick 
 
Costume Design by
Georgina Yarhi 
 
Makeup Department
Erika Caceres .... daily makeup
Jennifer Bower O'Halloran .... hair stylist (as Jennifer Bower)
Edelgard K. Pfluegl .... makeup artist
Jeffrey Sacino .... hair stylist
Sheri Short .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jim Begg .... executive in charge of production
Isabel Henderson .... post-production supervisor
Susan Murdoch .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Megan Banning .... third assistant director
Kelly Andrew King .... third assistant director
David McAree .... first assistant director
Ken A. Smith .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Wayne Jacques .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Charles Bruce .... sound effects editor
Bob Costanza .... sound editor
Douglas Ganton .... sound mixer
Michael T. Ryan .... dialogue editor
Reynald Trudel .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Deneault .... gaffer
Gordon Eldridge .... best boy
Wayne Goodchild .... key grip
Perry Hoffman .... assistant camera
Bruce Macaulay .... still photographer
John Medland .... still photographer
Michael Sinyi .... clapper loader
 
Editorial Department
Josh Muscatine .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
George Doering .... musician
Rick Winquest .... music scoring mixer
J. Hill .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
William Ross .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Maria T. Bierniak .... assistant location manager
David Coombs .... location manager
Penelope Hynam .... continuity
Elaine Scott .... assistant production accountant
Nan Skiba .... production coordinator
 

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94 min
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Quotes:
Stanley:Now when the jury comes in I want you to remain composed regardless, understood? And after the verdict's been read...
Leona Helmsley:They don't know me. They don't know who I am am. They don't know what I am. They don't know what I've dome. And they're going to come in and pass judgment on me?
Stanley:That's the system.
Leona Helmsley:Well it stinks.
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
"The only Palace in the world where the Queen stands guard!", 16 October 2009
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Randsell Pearson's fact-based book provides the basis for this gossipy, though well-cast television-movie chronicling the stormiest business years in the life of wealthy New York City hotelier Harry Helmsley and his eventual wife Leona, who took a particular delight in running roughshod over "the little people". There's no attempt made to delve into Leona's complicated psyche (why did she seemingly hate everyone who stood in an 'inferior' position to her power...and why did she apparently terminate friendships with those trusted few who only wanted her to see the truth of her actions?). Still, if the film is just a well-dressed tattler (and a thin one at 94 minutes), it isn't campy and is served well by Suzanne Pleshette's strong performance as "The Queen of Mean". Matching her are Lloyd Bridges as Harry (who occasionally got fed up with his wife's possessiveness), Joe Regalbuto as confidante Paul Summerton, and Raymond Singer as Leona's son Jay (who actually tried to bilk his stepfather's subsidiary without being noticed). The movie doesn't pretend to be art--and the final summation was probably already dated by the time the picture aired--but it certainly keeps its audience entertained.

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