• Frances (1982)


Release Date: December 3rd, 1982

DVD Release Date: June 22nd, 1999

R |2 hr 20 min

Plot Summary

This biopic explores the true story of Frances Farmer (Jessica Lange), a mold-breaking actress from Seattle who moved to Hollywood, Calif., and gained notoriety for her unconventional attitude. After being lured to New York under false pretenses, dealing with her overbearing mother and an addiction to alcohol lead to a mental collapse. Institutionalized, Farmer is abused by patients and staff alike. Following her release, Farmer hosts a local Indianapolis TV show until her death in 1970.

Cast: Jessica Lange, Kim Stanley, Sam Shepard, Bart Burns, Jonathan Banks, Bonnie Bartlett, James Brodhead, J.J. Chaback

Director: Graeme Clifford

Genres: Biography

Production Co: EMI Films Ltd.

Keywords: Emotional, Mother, 1950s, Transformation, 1960s, Moving, New York City, Doctor, Rise, 1940s, Fall, 1930s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Time Out

    Farmer, as scripted here and played by Lange, unsurprisingly remains something of a cypher. show more

  • 60

    Rare to the memory is a film like Frances which runs 140 minutes and its star is on the screen 85% of the time in one intense scene after another. It’s quite an accomplishment for Jessica Lange and it’s too bad a better film didn’t come of it. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Jessica Lange plays Frances Farmer in a performance that is so driven, that contains so many different facets of a complex personality, that we feel she has an intuitive understanding of this tragic woman. show more

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Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama