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Zandy's Bride (1974)

PG | | Western | 19 May 1974 (USA)
An American settler marries an European mail-order bride and together they learn how to thrive in the harsh wilderness while working on their relationship too.

Director:

Jan Troell

Writers:

Lillian Bos Ross (novel), Marc Norman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Hackman ... Zandy Allan
Liv Ullmann ... Hannah Lund
Eileen Heckart ... Ma Allan
Susan Tyrrell ... Maria Cordova
Harry Dean Stanton ... Songer
Joe Santos ... Frank Gallo
Frank Cady ... Pa Allan
Sam Bottoms ... Mel Allan
Bob Simpson Bob Simpson ... Bill Pincus
Vivian Gordon Vivian Gordon ... Street Girl
Fabian Gregory Cordova Fabian Gregory Cordova ... Indian Boy
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Storyline

Zandy Allan purchases a mail-order bride, Hannah Lund. He treats her as a possession, without respect or humanity, until their shared ordeal as they struggle to survive develops in him a growing love. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The mail-order marriage. She was less than he had hoped for ... and more than he dared imagine.

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

For Better, for Worse See more »

Filming Locations:

Big Sur, California, USA

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Zandy Allan: Tony Gallo, huh? You finally got somebody to go to the bushes with you.
Maria Cordova: Shit on you. I died when you married that woman.
Zandy Allan: You're gonna look real funny over there at your wedding with a black eye. And that's where you're heading, chica.
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Alternate Versions

Some sources list the running time as 116 minutes, though available prints run 97 minutes. The latter is actually the official runtime; a preview cut of the film ran nearly 20 minutes longer than the film that was eventually released, but the running time for the longer version has been erroneously listed instead. See more »

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Miscast outdoor saga with feminist leanings and routine character development
18 August 2010 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Rugged, impolite frontiersman in Old West Northern California is immediately displeased with his mail-order bride when he sees that she has lied about her age; she's overwhelmed with the remoteness of his shack ("a pigsty") and by her new husband's unwashed, ungainly manner. Swedish director Jan Troell attempts to build momentum in this tumultuous relationship, but he does so like a bricklayer. One can practically check off the scenes from a list: the marriage rape, the visit from the old girlfriend, the husband's injury, the wife brushing out her lustrous hair in front of the fire. Troell is not a formulaic filmmaker, yet this nearly plays like a parody of his earlier "The Emigrants" (with a cartoonish Appalachian-flavored score and by-the-numbers male-female relations). Liv Ullmann's English has greatly improved, though she's still not convincing as a woman "from American stock" and her performance is disappointing; Gene Hackman, cast yet again as a snarling sonuvabitch, is somewhat more suited to the surroundings, but his character has no positive attributes (and watching his 'growth' isn't enlightening or surprising). The cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth and Frank M. Holgate is very good, and there are dramatic scene compositions which are intricate and well-realized, but this script is pretty dusty. *1/2 from ****


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