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The Lady in Red (1982)

The Lady in Red





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Escaping from her childhood life of poverty and abuse on the farm, in the 1930s, Polly Franklin (Pamela Sue Martin) sets her sights on Hollywood as the promised land and leaves home. However, she doesn't get that far - she lands in Chicago instead. Taking the low-paying jobs which are available to her, she quickly finds herself in a situation which is as oppressive as anything she knew at home. Despite her best efforts to keep her head above water, she soon winds up in prison. The best situation in her life comes afterwards, when she becomes a prostitute in a whorehouse run by Anna Sage (Louise Fletcher). However, even this doesn't last, as the police close down the house during a "decency crusade." Back on the streets once again, she meets a wonderful man (Robert Conrad) who claims to be working for the Board of Trade. She tells Anna (who is still her friend) about this new love in her life, and Anna realizes that he must be America's Most Wanted Man, the bank robber John Dillinger. Anna, in danger of being deported, arranges for the police to corner Dillinger and kill him while in Anna and Polly's company. In the ensuing publicity, everyone makes it look as though Polly was Dillinger's betrayer, and her life becomes even more miserable than it was before.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: John Sayles
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 30, 2002
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Pamela Sue Martin
as Polly Franklin
Robert Conrad
as John Dillinger
Louise Fletcher
as Anna Sage
Robert Hogan
as Jake Lingle
Laurie Heineman
as Rose Shimkus
Rod Gist
as Pinetop
Peter Hobbs
as Pops Geissler
Alan Vint
as Melvin Purvis
Young Buck
as Hennessey
Mary Woronov
as Woman Bankrobber
Michael Cavanaugh
as Undercover Cop
Arnie Moore
as Trucker
Blackie Dammett
as Immigration Officer
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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

'It hurts,' Polly says, after losing her virgnity to a lying cad; this is her defining comment, and a succinct summation of Sayles' judgment on the screwing that much of America takes every day from the people in charge.

Full Review… | January 18, 2011
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

This is populist moviemaking, Corman style, courtesy of that old lefty John Sayles.

Full Review… | December 7, 2010
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May 29, 2004
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