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The Lonely Lady (1983)

A young aspiring screenwriter allows others to exploit her in the hopes of achieving success in Hollywood. She goes through affair after sordid affair in her attempt to write her own screenplay and have it produced.

Director:

Peter Sasdy

Writers:

Harold Robbins (novel), Ellen Shepard (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pia Zadora ... Jerilee Randall
Lloyd Bochner ... Walter Thornton
Bibi Besch ... Veronica Randall
Joseph Cali ... Vincent Dacosta
Anthony Holland ... Guy Jackson
Jared Martin ... George Ballantine
Ray Liotta ... Joe Heron
Carla Romanelli Carla Romanelli ... Carla Maria Peroni
Olivier Pierre Olivier Pierre ... George Fox
Kendal Kaldwell Kendal Kaldwell ... Joanne Castel
Lou Hirsch Lou Hirsch ... Bernie
Kerry Shale ... Walter Thornton Jr.
Sandra Dickinson Sandra Dickinson ... Nancy Day
Shane Rimmer ... Adolph Fannon
Nancy Wood Nancy Wood ... Janie
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Storyline

Jerilee Randall, a simple schoolgirl living in the San Fernando Valley, dreams of becoming a famous screenwriter. 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 have it produced. Written by Chris Holland <cholland@atlantic.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Hollywood is a world of glamour, it is the world of Harold Robbins' "The Lonely Lady" and nothing. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harold Robbins' The Lonely Lady See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,223,220, 2 October 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,223,220, 2 October 1983
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When this movie was in development at Universal Pictures, this film's lead actress Pia Zadora was making controversial headlines in the media with Butterfly (1982). This movie was Pia Zadora's final big movie role as a leading actress in a cinema movie, Zadora's other films being not significant theatrical releases. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jerilee Randall: [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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Alternate Versions

UK video versions are cut by 3 seconds for an "18" rating. The cinema release, with the same certificate, was uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Werewolf (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Gonna Be a Long Night
Written by Charles Calello and Roger Voudouris
Performed by Roger Voudouris
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Absolute zero
10 September 2000 | by Joe-385See all my reviews

Immediately after renting and watching this movie several years ago, a friend and I decided that it defined the absolute zero on the movie scale. There was nothing about the movie that could have been done worse than it was. To this day we still rate movies, even very bad ones, by how much better than "The Lonely Lady" they are.

A long time ago I saw an interview with Eleanor Perry, who wrote the screenplays for, among other things, "Last Summer" and "Diary of a Mad Housewife," and she related that she had been asked to write a screenplay for the Harold Robbins' book "The Lonely Lady." She said that she sent in a treatment and it was rejected because they didn't think she understood the difficulties of a female screenwriter in Hollywood. She then said "I think they got someone else to write it." The interview was filmed before the movie was released. She died in 1981, and I bet the first thing she did on arrival in heaven was personally thank God for saving her from involvement in the result.


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