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Molly and Lawless John (1972)

PG | | Western | 1 January 1973 (USA)
In New Mexico, a sheriff's unhappy mid-aged wife aids a condemned prisoner escape her husband's jail and elopes with the young and attractive outlaw to Mexico, pursued by the sheriff's posse.

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Gary Nelson
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vera Miles ... Molly Parker
Sam Elliott ... Johnny Lawler
Clu Gulager ... Deputy Tom Clements
John Anderson ... Sheriff Marvin Parker
Cynthia Myers ... Dolly Winward
Charles Pinney Charles Pinney ... Reverend
Bob Westmoreland Bob Westmoreland ... Telegraph Operator
Melinda Chavaria Melinda Chavaria ... Pregnant Apache
Pasqualita Baca Pasqualita Baca ... Ancient Apache
George Le Bow George Le Bow ... Marshal
Dave Burleson Dave Burleson ... Volunteer
Grady Hill Grady Hill ... Deputy
Dick Bullock Dick Bullock ... Bill Bartley
Terry Kingsley-Smith Terry Kingsley-Smith ... Man in Bed
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Storyline

Molly, the shy, romance-starved wife of an arrogant frontier Sheriff, finds herself drawn to a prisoner in her husband's jail. This prisoner, a handsome young man named Johnny, plays on Molly's sympathy and convinces her to help him escape. Molly then accompanies Johnny on his cross-country flight, but soon learns he's simply been using her. Molly makes the best of the situation, however, and by the time the Sheriff's posse catches up with them, Molly shows that she's learned how to assert herself. Written by dinky-4

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He used her ... abused her ... and she loved him for it! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cactus See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Malibu Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Last film of Cynthia Myers. See more »

Soundtracks

Take Me Home
Music by Johnny Mandel
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Sung by Renée Armand
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Much more than just a little Western!
6 March 2003 | by kathy5353853See all my reviews

I came upon this little old Western because I like Sam Elliot in just about anything I see. I think he is a fine actor, underrated by many as just a one character actor. This early one proves them wrong. I thought that this movie had an early tone of the current independent movies being made. Also a little of a European quality to the way it was presented. Quiet, not a lot of background music. Sometimes seemingly slow, but well paced and always going somewhere. Sam Elliot's character of Johnny, was wonderfully played. We don't know him in the beginning, only his reputation. He reveals himself verbally at first, and by his actions as the movie progresses. Vera Miles as Molly, was so touching. A woman self described as once bright and fun when she was young, now afraid to speak. Her hopes and dreams gone with the dust of the town and aging without the much wanted children. Her husband, Marvin is the Sheriff. Softly played by John Anderson, he shows us how hard life has made him, and later his true caring underneath. This is a great script. It is about selfishness, and selflessness; the inability to change, and the ability to change; needing protection, and the empowering chance to protect. They just used a Western set as a backdrop. I wish that this great little movie could find wider distribution now with videos. I thought it was truly well played and well made!!


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