FRANCES (Movie)

12/3/1982. Friday. 141 minutes. Rated R.
(This date was for a one-week run for Academy Award consideration; opened wide 1/14/1983.)
Universal.
Biography/Drama.
Code: FRA 12/1982

PLOT

The downhill career of 30s actress Frances Farmer from Hollywood leading lady to asylum inmate

CREDITS

Writers: Eric Bergren, Christopher DeVore, Nicholas Kazan.
Director: Graeme Clifford.

CAST

Jessica Lange as Frances Farmer
Sam Shepard as Lillian Farmer
Kim Stanley as Harry York
Bart Burns as Ernest Farmer
Jonathan Banks as Hitchhiker (unnamed.) 1st end credits, alpha list.
Jeffrey DeMunn as Clifford Odets

Awards

Jessica Lange and Kim Stanley were both nominated for Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards for best actress and best supporting actress.

CHARACTER

The hitchhiker Frances meets at a crossroad is sweet, smiles a lot and has good manners. He is pleasant to and protective of Frances, and tries to keep the cops from capturing her. A really nice guy in a bad world. He on the road and has a dark cloth cap, a bed-roll slung on his back with clothesline, and a hip flask of whisky.

COMMENTS

This is a very good but depressing film. JB’s scene is worth watching.

LINES

"Listen, she didn't do anything. Sir, sir, she really didn't." (to the cops)

LOCATION

JB’s scene appears to have been filmed in the desert foothills, north side of the San Gabriel Mountains, in Southern California.

SCREEN TIME

1 minute, 10 seconds in 1 scene, near end of film.

WORKED WITH

Jeffrey DeMunn (WIJ 10/1986)