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Graeme Clifford's biopic of Frances Farmer, Frances, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles on this release. Although there are no extra features, the widescreen transfer, inexpensive list price, and stunning lead performance by Jessica Lange make this a disc worth a look.
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Jessica Lange, Kim Stanley, Sam Shepard, Bart Burns, Jeffrey DeMunn, Robert Harris June 22, 1999 DVD Good in good packaging. Language: English. Run time: 140 mins. Aspect ... ratio: 1.85: 1. Originally released: 1982. INCLUDES DVD, CASE, AND COVER ART. Read more Show Less

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Graeme Clifford's biopic of Frances Farmer, Frances, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles on this release. Although there are no extra features, the widescreen transfer, inexpensive list price, and stunning lead performance by Jessica Lange make this a disc worth a look.
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Special Features

16:9 widescreen version; Interactive menus; 2.0 Dolby Surround; Digitally mastered; Scene access
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Graeme Clifford's exceedingly mediocre film on the tragic life of actress Frances Farmer provided the breakthrough role for Jessica Lange, who gives one of the finest performances of the decade. Whether one accepts the filmmakers' notion that Farmer was a great actress and the tragic victim of a retrograde Hollywood, incapable of handling a very smart, troubled, and willful woman, there's seems little doubt that her nightmarishly repressive mother and a brutal, benighted mental health system share the blame for destroying her once-vibrant personality. Unfortunately, Clifford adds insult to injury in turning the actress' life into a tedious, superficial soap opera, devoid of logic or perspective. Aside from Farmer, all of the characters, including her mother, are painfully underdeveloped, none more so than Harry York (Sam Shepard), a character invented by the writers to inject some romance into a tale of nearly unrelieved misery. Yet the film's existence can be justified on the basis of Lange's virtuoso performance, a miracle of intelligence, toughness, and sensitivity in a part whose emotional and physical demands left the actress drained for months afterwards.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/1999
  • UPC: 017153111897
  • Original Release: 1982
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  • Source: Republic Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jessica Lange Frances Farmer
Kim Stanley Lillian Farmer
Sam Shepard Harry York
Bart Burns Ernest Farmer
Jeffrey DeMunn Clifford Odets
Robert Harris
Jordan Charney Harold Clurman
Allan Rich Bebe
Christopher Pennock Dick Steele
Sarah Cunningham Alma Styles
J.J. Chaback Lady in Hotel
Rod Colbin Judge
Kevin Costner
Richard L. Hawkins Bum
Anjelica Huston
Lane Smith Dr. Symington
Larry Pines Man on Phone
Jonathan Banks Hitchhiker
Daniel Chodes Director
Donald Craig Ralph Edwards
Lee de Broux Director
Nancy Foy Autograph Girl
Anne Haney Hairdresser
James Karen Judge
Darrell Larson Spy
Jack Manning Photographer
Gerald O'Loughlin Doctor
Woodrow Parfrey Dr. Parfrey
Rod Pilloud Martoni
John Randolph Judge
Jack Riley Barnes
David Schroeder Lawyer
Sandra Seacat Drama Teacher
Vern Taylor Executive
Andrew Winner Firechief
Biff Yeager Cop
Keone Young Doctor
Alexander Zale Man in Screening Room
Bonnie Bartlett Stylist
James Brodhead Sergeant
Technical Credits
Graeme Clifford Director
John Barry Score Composer
Eric Bergren Screenwriter
Mel Brooks Producer
Christopher de Vore Screenwriter
Emad Helmey Set Decoration/Design
John Wright Editor
Nicholas Kazan Screenwriter
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
Elisabeth Leustig Casting
Jana Sue Memel Producer
Ed Milkovich Asst. Director
Charles B. Mulvehill Art Director, Associate Producer, Producer
Pat Norris Costumes/Costume Designer
Ida Random Art Director
David Ronne Sound/Sound Designer
Jonathan Sanger Producer
William P. Scott Asst. Director
Ivan Strasburg Cinematographer
Richard Sylbert Production Designer
Marie Yates Co-producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Main Titles [3:37]
2. National High School Essay Contest [2:52]
3. Friendly Advice [2:51]
4. Silk Stockings [2:25]
5. Parental Support [2:05]
6. Contract Player [2:21]
7. The Studio Boss [2:28]
8. Coming Home a Star [3:46]
9. Old Love Returns [3:20]
10. Heart to Heart Talk [2:50]
11. "Some Time Apart" [3:05]
12. Perfect for the Part [2:17]
13. A True Artist [5:02]
14. "Take the Gloves Off" [1:58]
15. Sneaky Reporter [3:22]
16. Dropped [3:56]
17. Ended Affair [2:31]
18. Image Improvement [4:30]
19. Police Involvement [2:01]
20. Depression [2:15]
21. Quitting [3:35]
22. Arrested [3:40]
23. Courtroom Etiquette [3:12]
24. Psychiatric Evaluation [5:55]
25. Fan Mail [7:21]
26. Escape From the Institution [2:50]
27. Marriage Proposal [2:49]
28. Back Home [3:29]
29. Tension [2:40]
30. Support [3:06]
31. Mother's Wishes [4:05]
32. Committed [3:59]
33. Hearing [5:07]
34. "Stay With Me" [6:38]
35. Running Away [2:36]
36. Hurt and Shame [3:52]
37. Lobotomy [3:56]
38. Television Appearance [3:20]
39. Friendship [3:37]
40. End Credits [3:57]
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Insightful, Sensitive & Sad Period Piece

    Insightful and sad look at the life of one of our country's vastly underrated and most misunderstood actresses, who, unfortunately, was way ahead of her repressive time. From the opening scenes' "God Dies" essay as a high schooler to the fade-out slowness of her post-asylum life and her departure from the bright lights and glitz (not to mention milder weather, both summers and winters) of Hollywood to the drabbier dullness of Indianapolis and its local "Frances Farmer Presents" hostess position,
    Jessica Lange IS "Frances" through and through. The moving and soothing
    soundtrack by John Barry excels in itself, adding a great asset to a excellently acted period piece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jessica Lange Rules The Roost

    Jessica Lange is without a doubt one of the most powerful female influences in American cinema. Alongside an ever increasing array of political public figures, she and countless others continue to egnite public awareness and encourage political activism. Lange sets the screen on fire as the equally headstrong Frances Farmer, a woman of considerable talent who was sadly ahead her time on multiple political and social platforms. In addition to the errie similarity in their appearance, Lange as Farmer gives a powerhouse performance which will leave you speechless. I was seventeen when I first saw this film and will never forget the way it left me feeling, uttely speech in my beanbag chair for nearly and hour. Her character's blistering attack on the early Hollywood cookie-cutter establishment leaves little doubt that Lange was made for this role. Luckily, the fates have been kinder to Lange than they were to Farmer. For this, we thank the powers that be.

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