Review: ‘Zandy’s Bride’

Zandy's Bride is a good period frontier romantic melodrama starring Gene Hackman as a gruff cattle rancher and Liv Ullmann as the mail-order bride who softens him up. Star performances sustain Jan Troell's delicate but placid direction.

Zandy’s Bride is a good period frontier romantic melodrama starring Gene Hackman as a gruff cattle rancher and Liv Ullmann as the mail-order bride who softens him up. Star performances sustain Jan Troell’s delicate but placid direction.

Marc Norman’s spare screenplay was adapted from a 1942 novel, The Stranger, by Lillian Bos Ross. Set in 1870 in upstate California’s rugged Big Sur mountain and sea interface, story takes Hackman from a crude, thoughtless hermit to a loving husband and father. The going is rough, however, Ullmann’s unexpectedly strong spirit overcomes his stiffness, learned at the back of the hand of father Frank Cady, a cruel patriarch who has reduced wife Eileen Heckart to serf status. The plot line is thin but sufficient.

Zandy's Bride

Production

Warner. Director Jan Troell; Producer Harvey Matofsky; Screenplay Marc Norman; Camera Jordan Cronenweth; Editor Gordon Scott; Music Michael Franks; Art Director Al Brenner

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1974. Running time: 116 MIN.

With

Gene Hackman Liv Ullmann Eileen Heckart Susan Tyrrell Sam Bottoms Joe Santos
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