The Lady in Red (1979 film)
|The Lady in Red|
|Directed by||Lewis Teague|
|Produced by||Julie Corman|
|Written by||John Sayles|
|Starring||Pamela Sue Martin|
|Music by||James Horner|
|Edited by||Larry Bock|
|Distributed by||New World Pictures|
The Lady in Red is a 1979 action-drama/romantic film directed by Lewis Teague and starring Pamela Sue Martin and Robert Conrad. It is an early writing effort of John Sayles who became better known as a director in the 1980s and 1990s.
The film tells the crime story of poor farmer's daughter who leaves for Chicago, where she is sent to prison, serves as prostitute, falls in love with a criminal and finally tries bank robbery.
- Pamela Sue Martin — Polly Franklin
- Robert Conrad — John Dillinger
- Louise Fletcher — Anna Sage
- Christopher Lloyd — Frognose
- Laurie Heineman — Rose Shimkus
- Robert Hogan — Jake Lingle
- Glenn Withrow — Eddie
- Robert Forster — Turk
- Dick Miller — Patek
- Alan Vint — Melvin Purvis
The soundtrack of this film is notable as the first film score composed by James Horner, who became one of the best known film score composers in Hollywood.
Teague recalls, " "I was given that script and told to go with it. I didn't really have a chance to mold or change it. It was very socially conscious for an action picture about the Depression. I had 20 days to shoot it, and three to edit and a budget of less than a million."
John Sayles later said the film "didn't turn out the way I wanted because they just didn't have the budget to make the movie right. I wanted that to be a real breathless, '30s, Jimmy Cagney everybody-talking-fast type movie. It turned out a little more like Louis Malle. Different movies have different speeds."
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