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Lolly-Madonna XXX

Sue Grafton's novel, The Lolly-Madonna War, has been handsomely and sensitively filmed. Excellent performances abound by older and younger players in a mountain-country clan feud story which mixes extraordinary human compassion with raw but discreet violence.

With:
Rod Steiger Robert Ryan Jeff Bridges Scott Wilson Katherine Squire Tresa Hughes

Sue Grafton’s novel, The Lolly-Madonna War, has been handsomely and sensitively filmed. Excellent performances abound by older and younger players in a mountain-country clan feud story which mixes extraordinary human compassion with raw but discreet violence.

It doesn’t take much extrapolation effort to lift the story from its down-home setting and transpose it to the level of national and international politics.

Rod Steiger heads one clan, which also includes Katherine Squire in outstanding performance as his wife, plus Scott Wilson, Timothy Scott, Ed Lauter, Randy Quaid and Jeff Bridges as the sons. The opposition clan is headed by Robert Ryan, with Tresa Hughes also outstanding as his wife. A land dispute has brought the families to the edge of violence.

Trigger for the explosion is a fake postcard sent by Kiel Martin, signed by a non-existent, apparent bride-to-be named Lolly-Madonna with three X’s appended in the childish manner. Wilson and Lauter, having glommed the postcard as Martin knew they would, kidnap Season Hubley, a traveler who arrives at the moment when the fake bride was to have met her husband-to-be.

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Steiger and Ryan dominate the film through their children’s actions, and director Richard C. Sarafian has endowed the picture with a moody, menacing atmosphere.

Lolly-Madonna XXX

U.K.

Production: M-G-M. Director Richard C. Sarafian; Producer Rodney Carr-Smith; Screenplay Rodney Carr-Smith, Sue Grafton; Camera Philip Lathrop; Editor Tom Rolf; Music Fred Myrow; Art Director Herman Blumenthal

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1973. Running time: 105 MIN.

With: Rod Steiger Robert Ryan Jeff Bridges Scott Wilson Katherine Squire Tresa Hughes

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