Gruff boyfriend Dashiell Hammett (Jason Robards Jr.), impatient with troubled writer Lillian Hellman (Jane Fonda) at the beach house, early in Fred Zinnemann's Julia, 1977.
In a flashback, young Lillian Hellman and friend Julia (Susan Jones and Lisa Pelikan) grow up (into Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave) and Hellman's reverie resumes, in Fred Zinnemann's Julia, 1977.
Lillian Hellman (Jane Fonda) recalling the departure of the title character (Vanessa Redgrave) for Europe, from Hellman's novel Pentimento, in Fred Zinnemann's Julia, 1977.
Director Fred Zinnemann with a deliberate examination of the writer's dilemma, as Lillian Hellman (Jane Fonda) is coached by Dashiell Hammett (Jason Robards Jr.), writing The Children's Hour, in Julia, 1977.
Julia, 40, is an alcoholic. She is a manipulative, unreliable, compulsive liar, all strung out beneath her still flamboyant exterior. Between shots of vodka and one-night stands, Julia gets by on nickel-and-dime jobs. Increasingly lonely, the only consideration she receives comes from her friend Mitch, who tries to help her. But she shrugs him off, as her alcohol-induced confusion daily reinforces her sense that life has dealt her a losing hand and that she is not to blame for the mess she has made of it.
Glimpsing imminent perdition, and after a chance encounter with Elena, a Mexican woman, Julia convinces herself as much in panic and despair as for financial gain to commit a violent act.
As the story unfolds, Julia's journey becomes a headlong flight on a collision course, but somehow she makes the choice of life over death.
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