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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 ... 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>

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From the sensual world of Harold Robbins comes the story of a woman's struggle for fame in Hollywood. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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

Gross USA:

$1,223,200

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,223,200
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In response to her relentless promotion of this movie, bankrolled by her billionaire husband Meshulam Riklis, T-shirts were manufactured reading: "Pia Zadora is: A) Beautiful, B) Talented, C) Self-Supporting, D) NONE OF THE ABOVE". 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

Doctor: [Jerilee's mother comes to the hospital after Jerilee's nervous breakdown] A neighbor brought her in, Mrs. Randall. She was suffering from paranoia and hallucinations.
Veronica Randall: There's never been anything like that on my side of the family.
Doctor: Her condition was drug induced at the time. Tranquilizers, cocaine, amphetamines, alcohol. Would you know about her... eh... problems?
Veronica Randall: She's always been difficult.
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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 »

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Referenced in Crash: Calm Like a Bomb (2009) See more »

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Total Cheese-fest!
10 September 2002 | by dgordon-1See all my reviews

When I initially saw this movie in the '80s I thought it was so bad, I couldn't watch it all the way through. Subsequent viewings of it on TV were the same. I never really saw the whole movie in it's entirety. I seemed to always come in at the same parts, either the garden hose scene or the psychedelic/Andy Warholish nervous breakdown scene. It was never shown on commercial television here in Toronto, it always seemed to be played on the premium movie channels (First Choice/Superchannel,later to be TMN/Moviepix) I guess they received this movie for really cheap from the distributor. Watching it recently in it's entirety was a real eye-opener! I don't know if it's the nostalgia factor, or just the fact that I am older and going senile, but I thought that this movie was "so bad, that it was so good" The bad acting, and the awful characters that are very unlikable would make most people turn off this movie. For me I went out and bought the video! I don't blame Pia Zadora's character for going off the deep-end at her typewriter. It just seemed most of the characters were really vile-I take it that this was to show how ruthless Hollywood can be...what a joke! If you want to see a comedy about how a movie should not be made, check out "The Lonely Lady"-it's a great waste of time!!


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