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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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:

Lady in White See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$282,652, 24 April 1988

Gross USA:

$1,705,139

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,705,139
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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

Rochester, New York, native Frank LaLoggia based the film on a popular and long-standing local urban legend known as "The White Lady." Legend has it that the White Lady had a daughter who disappeared at the hands of a predatory young suitor, and so the White Lady roams the lake front to this very day, searching for her missing daughter. The supposed residence of the White Lady is actually the base of a demolished hotel that was built in the 1800s. Known as the White Lady's Castle, it has become a popular tourist attraction and party site for teenagers. See more »

Goofs

When Frankie is praying in front of a picture of Jesus, towards the right there is what looks like a toy dinosaur. But in the following shot the dinosaur has disappeared. This is an apparent goof resulting from the compression of distance by the telephoto lens used to achieve a closeup at 49:17 where it appears that the picture of Jesus and the statuette of Godzilla are side-by-side when the statuette is actually some distance behind the picture as can be seen at 49:26 where the statuette is behind the picture at the left edge of the wide screen frame. See more »

Quotes

Geno Scarlatti: [Frankie knees Geno in the groin] Quick! Call a doctor!
Frankie Scarlatti: Why?
Geno Scarlatti: To save my unborn child!
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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

DID YOU EVER SEE A DREAM WALKING
By Harry Revel, Mack Gordon
Performed by Bing Crosby
Courtesy of CBS Records
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film with an identity crisis
26 May 2001 | by thomandybishSee all my reviews

The problem I see with LADY IN WHITE is that it tries too hard to tackle several unrelated themes withing a horror movie framework. The prologue with the adult main character returning to his old hometown and the ensuing exposition about his brother and father made me think of STAND BY ME, which LADY IN WHITE is definitely not. Also, the subplot involving the African-American janitor's wrongful arrest and the subsequent events that lead to tragedy inject a race relations/civil rights theme that really is superfulous to the main plot. What's going on here? Is the filmmaker trying to make a horror film, or a coming of age film, or a social commentary on prejudice? The film could have been complex enough without all these other elements, and the heavy-handed way in which he uses them in film makes for a very muddled, busy state of affairs.


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