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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.


Frank LaLoggia


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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


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


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.


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Release Date:

22 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dama de Branco See more »


Box Office


$4,700,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Extremely lame ghost story - nothing worth seeing here!
25 January 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

I went into this film expecting a horror film, as that's what my TV guide touted it as - but was disappointed (to say the least!) when it turned out that this film is actually a childish fantasy, in the vein of that other load of rubbish; Paperhouse (also from 1988). It took about twenty minutes for me to realise that I was in the wrong movie, but by then it was too late, as I hate making it half way through a film. I was turned off instantly by 'happy' tone of the film, and further turned off by the irritating soundtrack; which gives away the fact that the film is going to end sentimentally. The fact that it stars that irritating kid from Witness was the final straw, and I was only ever going to hate this film (unless something really great happened in the last 90 minutes, of course...). The plot follows a kid who finds himself locked in the cloakroom on Halloween night. Cloakrooms aren't the best places to spend Halloween; and this one in particular isn't, as our 'hero' witnesses the death of a girl from years before. Naturally, he resolves to solve the mystery...blah blah blah.

Aside from featuring an annoying kid, bad music and a 'fun' tone; Lady in White is also really, really boring. I was really struggling not to hit the fast forward button before long, and tears of boredom were cascading down my face by the time the final credits (finally!) rolled. This is one of those films that you really have to see when you're a kid to appreciate it; and even then, you shouldn't really appreciate it. It's like E.T., in that it's a film where the only good point once you reach adulthood is a sense of nostalgia. Don't get me wrong; I'm no fan of E.T., but at least Spielberg's film gives the audience reason to like it; you will find no such thing here. I've never been a big fan of ghost stories anyway, and it's films like this that are to blame for that. Ghosts simply don't make for entertaining horror; especially not when they're the goody-goody ones seen here. It's really hard to find them frightening, too, as the leads are impossible to care about. On the whole, I'd rather throw a hammer at my TV set than watch this rubbish again; and if your TV guide leads you to believe it's worth watching - take my word for it, it's not.

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