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The Lonely Lady (1983)

Hoping to achieve success in Hollywood, a young aspiring screenwriter allows others to exploit her. 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 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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Jerilee Randall, a simple schoolgirl living in the San Fernando Valley, dreams of becoming a famous screenwriter. She meets the son of a famous screenwriter at a party and accepts his invitation to come to his house. They drive away with some other people, and that night one of his friends assaults her with a garden hose. The attack is interrupted--just in time--by screenwriter Walter Thornton. Jerilee and Walter become friends, then fall in love and marry. Their marriage falls apart when Jerilee's script rewrites actually improve one of Walter's screenplays and he feels one-upped. Jerilee then tries to write her own screenplay and have it produced, which ends up involving her in endless sordid affairs. Written by Chris Holland <cholland@atlantic.net>

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Pia Zadora is the Lonely Lady, she's determined to take nothing less than everything Hollywood has to offer. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

Actress Susan Blakely was once touted for the lead role of Jerilee Randall. See more »

Goofs

In one of the sex scenes, there is a cut-away in which Pia Zadora's feet appear to be attached to her legs backwards. 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 »

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The Way You Do It
Written by Jeff Harrington and Jeff Pennig
Performed by Oren Waters
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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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