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The story of Frances Farmer's meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood and the tragic turn her life took when she was blacklisted.

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Graeme Clifford

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Lange ... Frances Farmer
Kim Stanley ... Lillian Farmer
Sam Shepard ... Harry York
Bart Burns ... Ernest Farmer
Jonathan Banks ... Hitchhiker
Bonnie Bartlett ... Studio Stylist
James Brodhead James Brodhead ... Desk Sergeant
Jane Jenkins ... Lady at Roosevelt Hotel (as J.J. Chaback)
Jordan Charney ... Harold Clurman
Rod Colbin Rod Colbin ... Sentencing Judge
Daniel Chodos Daniel Chodos ... 'No Escape' director
Donald Craig Donald Craig ... Ralph Edwards
Sarah Cunningham Sarah Cunningham ... Alma Styles
Lee de Broux ... 'Flowing Gold' Director
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Clifford Odets
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Storyline

Frances Farmer, a precocious Seattle teenager, takes unpopular social and political positions, to the mixed reactions of her parents. Frances becomes an actress and has some strong success in New York, but her refusal to bend her convictions and her outspoken (but sometimes naive) political expressiveness cause her difficulties, especially after she accepts a Hollywood contract. Torn between new-found success and intense feelings that she does not deserve the riches and fame she gains from the phoniness of Hollywood, Frances butts heads with studio executives and with her own mother, who revels in Frances's fame but provides Frances no emotional support. When drunken fights and arrests derail her career, Frances is sent to a psychiatric hospital with the acquiescence of her mother. What follows is a nightmare of poor treatment and psychological trauma, augmented by the increasing determination of Frances's mother to control her daughter's life. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1983 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Frances, a Filha da Fúria See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,624, 26 December 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,000,000
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Company Credits

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Brooksfilms, EMI Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard fell in love while working on the movie and subsequently had two children together, Hanna and Walker. See more »

Goofs

The clapper board for "Flowing Gold" shows Paramount as production company. "Flowing Gold" was produced by Warner Bros. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Bebe: Come along with me, Fanny.
Frances Farmer: Frances. You know, I'm not the cookbook.
Mr. Bebe: You see, you've got to change that name.
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Connections

Featured in A Hollywood Life: Remembering Frances (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony #7 in A major, Op. 92, 2nd movement
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Herbert von Karajan conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker (as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra)
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon
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Two Giants Play Mother And Daughter
10 May 2017 | by mrharrypaulsonSee all my reviews

The spectacular 8 hour limited series "Feud" made me revisit many of Jessica Lange's movies. Her performance is of such perfection that it reminded me how extraordinary she has always been. "Frances" is a shock to the system, unflinchingly so. The beautiful, sad, Francs Farmer in all its contradictions. Jessica Lange is absolutely mesmerizing. The movie suffers from what most biopics suffer from, A chronological succession of events and in the case of Frances Farmer, from bad the worse to much, much worse. The movie will drain you but the performance will keep you alert, alive, transfixed. There is more, Kim Stanley as Frances mother. An acting giant with very few film credits to her name. That alone makes "Frances" a collector's item.


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