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Lady in White (1988)

PG-13 | | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery | 22 April 1988 (USA)
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An author tells the story of how, as a young boy growing up in a 1960s small town, he was haunted after witnessing the murder of a little girl.

Director:

Frank LaLoggia

Writer:

Frank LaLoggia
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lukas Haas ... Frankie Scarlatti
Len Cariou ... Phil Terragarossa
Alex Rocco ... Angelo 'Al' Scarlatti
Katherine Helmond ... Amanda
Jason Presson ... Geno Scarlatti
Renata Vanni Renata Vanni ... Mama Assunta
Angelo Bertolini Angelo Bertolini ... Papa Charlie
Joelle Jacobi Joelle Jacobi ... Melissa Anne Montgomery
Jared Rushton ... Donald
Gregory Levinson Gregory Levinson ... Louie
Lucy Lee Flippin ... Grace La Della
Tom Bower ... Sheriff Saunders
Jack Andreozzi ... Tony
Sydney Lassick ... Mr. Lowry
Rita Zohar ... Mrs. Agnes Cilak
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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>

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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:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Spanish | German

Release Date:

22 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dama de Branco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,705,139

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (extended director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Emily Tracy who plays Frankie's mother is Lukas Haas' mother in real life. 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

Louie: [after Donald mocking Frankie for liking a girl, Frankie knocking him out with a punch to the face] Gee, wish I were in love...
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Alternate Versions

At 17:25 in the DVD commentary, director Frank LaLoggia says that 06:30 of deleted material were added back into the 112 minute theatric release to get the 117:41 version released on the 2005 DVD. Scenes added back include (1) 17:25 - 18:06 Frankie and Miss La Della talking at her car, (2) 36:49 - 37:46 Mama Assunta and Papa Charlie at Frankie's bedside after the cloakroom attack, (3) 55:31 - 57:11 Angelo driving Mrs. Williams and her children home from church, (4) 01:18:56 - 01:19:24 Frankie getting out of bed to see what is happening at the typewriter, (5) 01:28:32 - 01:28:54 Mama Assunta taking Geno's temperature the alternate way. See more »


Soundtracks

Clair de Lune
(uncredited)
by Claude Debussy
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Perfect for Hallowe'en
11 October 2005 | by skallisjrSee 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.


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