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As played by Jessica Lange, Frances Farmer is a rebel from the word go, winning a high school essay award by writing a piece in defense of Communism. Determining to become an actress, Frances is equally determined not to play the Hollywood game: she refuses to acquiesce to idiotic publicity stunts, and insists upon appearing on screen sans makeup. Her defiance attracts the attention of Broadway playwright Clifford Odets, who convinces Frances that her future rests with the Group Theatre. But once she leaves Hollywood for New York, Frances learns to her chagrin that the Group intends to exploit… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jessica Lange and Kim Stanley give superb performances as the troubled actress Frances Farmer and her domineering mother, compensating for the shapeless narrative, which is too ridden with cliches of showbiz biopics."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Lange is wonderful, and provides a searing, tremendous reason to see a film that would otherwise collapse under even a moment of analytical pressure."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"In one year (along with "Tootsie") Lange went from joke to respect."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Jessica Lange's outstanding performance offers an intriguing portrait of Frances Farmer, an actress who marched to the beat of her own drummer and paid the price."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Harrowing story well played by Lange."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Despite the cardboard characters she's surrounded by, Jessica Lange single-handedly makes this depressing film worth watching."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
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