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In this supernatural nostalgia piece, a young boy tracks down a murderer with help from the ghosts of a slain little girl and her mother. In a voice-over, grown-up writer Frankie Scarlatti describes the disturbing events that intruded on his idyllic small-town boyhood. Locked in the school cloakroom by some other boys on Halloween 1962, young Frankie Lukas Haas encounters the ghost of Melissa Anne Montgomery Joelle Jacobi, who re-enacts her own death by strangulation just before an unseen adult enters the school ...
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In this supernatural nostalgia piece, a young boy tracks down a murderer with help from the ghosts of a slain little girl and her mother. In a voice-over, grown-up writer Frankie Scarlatti describes the disturbing events that intruded on his idyllic small-town boyhood. Locked in the school cloakroom by some other boys on Halloween 1962, young Frankie Lukas Haas encounters the ghost of Melissa Anne Montgomery Joelle Jacobi, who re-enacts her own death by strangulation just before an unseen adult enters the school and tries to do away with Frankie himself. While recuperating in the care of his widower father Alex Rocco, Frankie conducts some detective work and learns that Melissa is one of ten children killed over the past decade. Further encounters with the girl's ghost -- and the mournful specter of her mother, the Lady in White Karen Powell -- do little to help the boy solve the mystery of who killed the kids. Meanwhile, an innocent black maintenance man becomes the scapegoat on which the police hang the killings. However, thanks to the damning but enigmatic evidence Frankie has discovered, the boy faces imminent danger from the actual killer, who ends up lurking terrifyingly close to home. The sophomore feature from writer/director Frank LaLoggia, who made his name with the low-budget horror film Fear No Evil, Lady in White starred the young Lukas Haas halfway between his appearances in Witness and Rambling Rose.
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Special Features

Audio commentary by director Frank Laloggia; Introduction by Frank Laloggia; Deleted scenes; Behind-the-scenes footage with introduction by Frank Laloggia; Behind-the-scenes photo montage; Extended photo gallery; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although it features some moments of spooky charm and sincere melancholy -- and a precocious lead performance by whippersnapper Lukas Haas -- this curious mishmash can't fully satisfy. A blend of gothic intrigue and Leave It to Beaver-style nostalgia, Lady in White lurches from wide-eyed terror to cutesiness and back again. But the corny elements never really gel with the disturbing ones. Sophomore writer/director Frank LaLoggia tries too hard to emulate coming-of-age classics such as To Kill a Mockingbird and the contemporaneous Stand By Me. In the end, he merely undercuts his own main strength: the ability to evoke the atmospheric angst of youngsters lost in a world full of adults with the power to hurt them. The scenes involving the titular specter prove moody and affecting, suffused with a sadness that's genuinely touching. However, the well-meaning Italian stereotypes of Frankie's family and the long stretches of aw-shucks earnestness dissipate such momentum (especially in the longer director's cut). As the film builds toward its terrifying climax, it regains some of its footing. But then the operatic finale gets bungled by a profusion of obvious blue-screen shots and over-the-top thrills. If all of the good bits were at the beginning or at the end, Lady in White would be a better film. Instead, its quality varies wildly from scene to scene, resulting in a frustrating two-hour experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2005
  • UPC: 027616926661
  • Original Release: 1988
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lukas Haas Frankie Scarlatti
Len Cariou Phil
Alex Rocco Angelo Scarlatti
Katherine Helmond Amanda
Jason Presson Geno Scarlatti
Renata Vanni Mama Assunta
Angelo Bertolini Papa Charlie
Jared Rushton Donald
Gregory Levinson Louie
Joelle Jacob Melissa
Hal Bokar
Tom Bower
Lucy Lee Flippin
Michael Gwynne
Bruno Kirby
Frank LaLoggia Adult Frankie
Sidney Lassick
Rita Zohar
John Massari Conductor
Technical Credits
Frank LaLoggia Director, Score Composer, Co-producer, Screenwriter
Robert Anderson Sound/Sound Designer
Sarah Burdick Set Decoration/Design
Russell Carpenter Cinematographer
Sam Caylor Sound Editor
Tom Chesney Special Effects
Cliff Cudney Stunts
Fantasy II Film Effects Special Effects
Image Engineering Special Effects
Ernest D. Farino Special Effects Supervisor
Mali Finn Casting
David W. Gray Consultant/advisor
Thomas Grubbs Camera Operator
M. Todd Henry Camera Operator
Richard Hummel Production Designer
Jeff Jur Camera Operator
Howard Kling Art Director
Charles M. La Loggia Executive Producer, Producer
Andrew G. La Marca Co-producer
Steve Mann Editor
John Massari Musical Direction/Supervision
Ann Montesanto Makeup
Cheri Montesanto-Medcalf Makeup
Daryn Okada Cinematographer
Cliff Payne Executive Producer
Betsy Pollock Asst. Director
Carla Reynolds Associate Producer
Jacqueline Saint Anne Costumes/Costume Designer
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Josef von Stroheim Sound Editor
Kelly Van Horn Production Manager
Gene Warren Jr. Special Effects Supervisor
Debbie Wilson Stunts
Kenneth Wolf Jr. Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lady in White
1. Title/"Small-Town Boy" [5:47]
2. "Don't Tell Dad" [6:11]
3. A Scary Halloween Story [6:04]
4. Victim of a Prank [5:48]
5. The Cloakroom Ghost [5:51]
6. Is This Death? [7:03]
7. Famous Survivor [4:53]
8. Murder Suspect [7:06]
9. Late-Night Visitor [4:00]
10. Grieving a Loss [9:56]
11. Frankie's got a Clue [6:26]
12. The Beast & the Hag [9:23]
13. "Don't Scare Her" [8:22]
14. An Innocent Man Dies [:02]
15. Who's the Target? [4:56]
16. Heavenly Reunion/Credits [8:58]
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Disc #1 -- Lady in White
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      Photo Gallery
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      Theatrical Trailer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2010

    Totally Awesome!!

    I have had this movie for years and watch it over and over! This is a classic horror/mystery story. I love everything about it, the actors, the story, the plot, the special effects...I would recommend this movie to children 10 years and over, and adults. You won't regret watching this!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lady in White

    An old favorite. My kids especially liked it. Does not come on TV too often so it was a must have on DVD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Frightening, Distressing, and Heartfelt Movie

    Is it possible for those three things to be in one movie? Yes, when the movie is "Lady in White." A small boy gets accidently locked up in school overnight. He sees a horrible replay of a murder, with a ghostly apparation. He does not see the face of the murderer. He tells no one because he's so frightened. His loving father is caring. The distressing part is of course the murder. The boy wants to help the ghostly victim have peace. There is a bit of humor between his grandparents. Later horrible things happen when the boy gets closer to revealing the murderer without realizing it, but the murderer knows it. Horrible and somewhat fantasy scenes follow. I can't say much more without giving away the plot. Let's just say you really won't see it coming. All actors, well known faces, are absolutely wonderful. It's truly a horror movie, distressing, but with family love in the forefront.

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