|THE LONELY LADY (director: Peter Sasdy; screenwriters: Shawn Randall/John Kershaw/novel by Harold Robbins/Ellen Shepard; cinematographer: Brian West; editor: Keith Palmer; music: Charles Calello; cast: Pia Zadora (Jerilee Randall), Lloyd Bochner (Walter Thornton), Bibi Besch (Veronica Randall), Joseph Calio (Vincent Dacosta), Anthony Holland (Guy Jackson), Jared Martin (George Ballantine), Ray Liotta (Joe Heron), Carla Romanelli (Carla Maria Peroni); Runtime: 92; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Robert R. Weston; Universal Pictures; 1983)|
|"A true candidate for one of the
worst films ever."
by Dennis Schwartz
sleazy Hollywood drama about Hollywood as a place of
vice. It's a true candidate for one of the worst films
ever. This is the kind of film you may feel like
taking a shower after viewing. Mediocre helmer Peter
Sasdy ("Taste the Blood of Dracula"/"Charlie
Boy"/"Visitor from the Grave") had better success
directing Hammer horror pics . Writers Shawn
Randall, Ellen Shepard and John
Kershaw base it on one of Harold Robbins' lesser
novels--which should tell you how bad this one could
possibly be. It was filmed in Italy, which might
qualify it as a "spaghetti drama."
Randall (Pia Zadora) suffers in a bad marriage with an
older, jealous, impotent writer (Lloyd
Bochner) and they break up because
the famous writer is pissed she had the nerve to
re-write a scene from a script he was working on. This
leads to all kinds of setbacks and kinky bedroom romps
for the lady. Our misfit heroine is willing to do
anything to be a writer, even if she lacks talent.
film was fianced by Pia's wealthy husband, which
explains why such a terrible actress got the starring
film's highlight was Pia getting raped by a weird dude
(Ray Liotta) doing it to the 18-year-old with a garden
hose. It would be hard to top that for trashy
entertainment. Everything about it was offensive and
unconvincing, and an embarrassment to those who
consider writing and acting an art form.
REVIEWED ON 3/29/2015 GRADE: D
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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