GenreAction, Drama, Romance Music directorJames Horner WriterJohn Sayles LanguageEnglish
Release dateJuly 1979 (1979-07) CastPamela Sue Martin (Polly Franklin), Louise Fletcher (Anna Sage), Christopher Lloyd (Frognose), Robert Conrad (John Dillinger), Robert Hogan (Jake Lingle), Laurie Heineman (Rose Shimkus) Similar moviesPublic Enemies, Carjacked, The Air I Breathe, Riders, Daylight Robbery, Dillinger
TaglineShe's made of bullets, sin & bathtub gin!
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 editand 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."
The film was not a big success at the box office. Roger Corman re-released it in 1980 under the title Guns, Sin and Bathtub Gin, but it did not fare much better.
On December 17, 2010 Shout! Factory released the title on DVD, packaged as a double feature with Crazy Mama as part of the Roger Corman Cult Classics collection.