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The Lady in Red (1979)

R | | Action, Drama, Romance | July 1979 (USA)
1930s gangster-era film about John Dillinger and his last girlfriend.

Director:

Lewis Teague

Writer:

John Sayles
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pamela Sue Martin ... Polly Franklin
Robert Conrad ... John Dillinger
Louise Fletcher ... Anna Sage
Robert Hogan ... Jake Lingle
Laurie Heineman Laurie Heineman ... Rose Shimkus
Glenn Withrow ... Eddie
Rod Gist Rod Gist ... Pinetop
Peter Hobbs ... Pops Geissler
Christopher Lloyd ... Frognose
Dick Miller ... Patek
Nancy Parsons ... Tiny Alice (as Nancy Anne Parsons)
Alan Vint ... Melvin Purvis
Milt Kogan ... Preacher
Chip Fields ... Satin
Buck Young ... Hennessey
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Storyline

Polly, a young countryside girl decides to leave for the city and all it has to offer. She starts an relationship with John Dillinger and soon discovers that city life isn't as easy as she hoped when she gets entangled in a world of crime and prostitution. The movie is partly based on the life of John Dillinger. Written by Fauno

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Her father said she was a tramp. Her customers said she was fantastic. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Touch Me and Die See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

New World Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Sayles' original script was one hundred thirty pages long. See more »

Goofs

In the parlor at Anna Sage's bordello, when Polly meets Turk for the first time, one of the topless prostitutes obviously has breast implants and that surgery was not available during this time period. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Polly Franklin: In the heart of little old New York, You'll find a thoroughfare. It's the part of little old New York That runs into Times Square. A crazy quilt that "Wall Street Jack" built, If you've got a little time to spare, I want to take you there. Come and meet those dancing feet, On the avenue I'm taking you to, Forty-Second Street.
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Alternate Versions

The 1986 UK VHS released by Eagle Crest Video is only 83 minutes long (86/87 minutes when converted back to NTSC) and uses a print that is missing all shots (and sometimes whole scenes) of sex and nudity, as well as some of the violence (e.g. Dillinger's bloody corpse). Note that these are not BBFC edits - they had already approved the film uncut for cinema release. See more »

Connections

References Two-Fisted Law (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Courtesy Warner Bros. Music
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A little seen, misunderstood classic that's NOT about Dillinger
23 November 2018 | by jadavixSee all my reviews

"The Lady in Red" is the kind of movie that those of us fans of cult cinema and b-movies live for. It's an unheralded classic, and a movie that totally rises above its inauspicious "grindhouse" or exploitation roots.

I believe the movie's success may have been undercut by advertising that suggests it is about Dillinger. It isn't. It's the story of Dillinger's alleged girlfriend, the one who supposedly betrayed him to the feds. The story is, if anything, more interesting than Dillinger's, and packs a feminist punch. It shows a path to crime more heartbreaking than any famous bankrobber's.

The protagonist is thrown out of home and ends up in jail. There's a whole genre of women in prison movies, and they almost all feature a sadistic lesbian guard. Yet, none of them are this good, and none of the guards are as horribly believable as the one in this movie.

The movie only spends about half an hour there, and is yet more believable and impactful than all the women in prison movies combined. The only way out for the protagonist is prostitution, which is where she comes into contact with crime figures she is destined to join.

Dillinger is, in fact, just another guy she meets, and that's a massive strength. To her, he was no hero. He was just another man, a potential user, thief, murderer, whatever.

This is the world through the eyes of a down-on-her-luck woman who had little choice but to turn to crime.

How fitting that it would be so roundly ignored, even after all these years.


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