Lange plays Frances Farmer, an actress who had an acclaimed though short-lived Hollywood career, in this drama directed by Graeme Clifford. The film follows Frances from her high school years to her film career and subsequent stay in an institution after a nervous breakdown. Co-starring Kim Stanley and Sam Shepard.
She was very high strung and had overpowering elements in her personality of self destruction, but she was a real warrior. It was misguided heroics. There are certain battles that aren’t worth fighting, but Frances never let anything slide.