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Frances

Author: Graeme CliffordJonathan SangerEric BergrenChristopher De VoreNicholas KazanAll authors
Publisher: [London] : EMI Films, Inc. ; Troy, MI : Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the story of a small-town girl who tasted the glory in Hollywood and on Broadway, and then went on to lead a life in which everything went wrong. After winning a nationwide high school essay contest, Frances takes up acting, and escapes Seattle by winning a trip to Russia, ending up a contract player for Paramount Pictures in Hollywood. Frances continually bucks the system, and her refusal to play the game  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographical films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Drama
Named Person: Frances Farmer; Frances Farmer
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Graeme Clifford; Jonathan Sanger; Eric Bergren; Christopher De Vore; Nicholas Kazan; Jessica Lange; Sam Shepard; Kim Stanley; Bart Burns; Christopher Pennock; James Karen; Gerald S O'Loughlin; Sarah Cunningham; Allan Rich; Woodrow Parfrey; Jack Riley; Darrell Larson; Jordan Charney; John Randolph; Keone Young; Bonnie Bartlett; Jeffrey DeMunn; Lane Smith; Studio Canal.; E.M.I. Films.; Brooksfilms (Firm); Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc.
OCLC Number: 49521294
Language Note: In English or dubbed French; closed captioned.
Notes: This film is based on the true life story of Frances Farmer.
Special features: Trailer (2 min.); A Hollywood Life: Remembering Frances [featurette] (31 min.); Commentary with director Graeme Clifford and David Gregory [audio feature]; Talent bios [text feature].
Credits: Director of photography, Laszlo Kovacs ; editor, John Wright ; production designer, Richard Sylbert ; original score composed and conducted by John Barry ; costume designer, Patricia Norris.
Cast: Jessica Lange, Sam Shepard, Kim Stanley, Bart Burns, Christopher Pennock, James Karen, Gerald S. O'Laoughlin, Sarah Cunningham, Allan Rich, Woodrow Parfrey, Jack Riley, Darrell Larson, Jordan Charney, John Randolph, Keone Young, Bonnie Bartlett, Jeffrey DeMunn, Lane Smith.
Event notes: Originally produced as a British motion picture in 1982.
Target Audience: MPAA Rating: Rated R.
Description: 1 videodisc (140 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Region 1; 2.0 Dolby digital surround, mono.; widescreen presentation, aspect ratio 1.85:1, enhanced for 16x9 televisions.
Contents: Program start / Main titles --
"Seattle girl denies God" --
Backseat fashion --
Full Hollywood treatment --
Hometown premiere --
"I don't have what they want" --
Marital discord --
Total dedication --
Tarnished angel --
"This theatre is everything to me" --
Cry for help --
Out of control --
Advice from a friend --
Breakdown --
Disorder in the court --
Meadow Wood Convalescent Home --
Fan mail --
Expert diagnosis --
Visit from Harry --
"Welcome home, little sister" --
Broken dreams --
Asylum --
Cries of the forgotten --
Bittersweet homecoming --
Frances and Harry --
"You're trying to break my spirit" --
Lobotomy --
This is your life --
"You always look like a million bucks" --
End credits.
Responsibility: Studio Canal ; EMI ; a Brooksfilm production ; written by Eric Bergren, Christopher DeVore, Nicholas Kazan ; produced by Jonathan Sanger ; directed by Graeme Clifford.

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This is the story of a small-town girl who tasted the glory in Hollywood and on Broadway, and then went on to lead a life in which everything went wrong. After winning a nationwide high school essay contest, Frances takes up acting, and escapes Seattle by winning a trip to Russia, ending up a contract player for Paramount Pictures in Hollywood. Frances continually bucks the system, and her refusal to play the game gets her in trouble with studio bosses, publicity people, everyone. Her strong-willed mother steps in to help her, and that's when her troubles really begin--series of hospitalizations, brutally mistreatment, and finally, a lobotomy. Frances never really got a chance to be who she should have been, or to do what she could have done. She had every gift she needed in life except for luck, useful friends, and an instinct for survival.

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