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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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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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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

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

Production Co:

Brooksfilms, EMI Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film's opening prologue states: "This film is based on the true life story of Frances Farmer". See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Lillian Farmer: When you get well, you're going to thank me.
Frances Farmer: No, you are not talking now! You listen. Now you can send me away and pretend I'm crazy and you can pretend I'm still your little girl who can't take care of herself. But Lillian, there is one thing that you cannot pretend any more and that is that I love you. Because I don't. I can't. Not after what you've done to me. Because I am still me. I've been trying real hard all this time to be me. And you, little sister - you haven't been any help at all.
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Soundtracks

This Is Your Life
(theme music)
Composed by Alexander Laszlo and L. Wolfe Gilbert
Courtesy of Ralph Edwards Productions
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riveting but very tought to watch-amazing performance from Jessica.
14 March 2004 | by triple8See all my reviews

I saw this a very long time ago. Francess has got to be one of the bleakest, most difficult to watch films I've ever seen yet it's an absolutely incredibly done picture from start to finish. This is a film that is almost guaranteed to disturb-I saw it so long ago I can't really remember it scene by scene. However, what I CAN remember is how disturbed I felt when it was over. It's pretty tough to watch yet incredibly well acted and poignant. I doubt I could view this again but as far as the movie itself goes, it's intense, unpleasant in MANY scenes, overwhelming and highly charged as well as featuring topnotch acting and being incredibly welldone. As mentioned, it's difficult in many scenes, but a must see for film buffs who can handle the intensity.


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