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The Devil's Widow (1970)
"The Ballad of Tam Lin" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  September 1972 (USA)
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Based on an ancient Scottish folk song, an older woman uses witchcraft to keep her young jet-set friends.

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Vicar Julian Ainsley
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Janet Ainsley
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Vanna (as Pamela Farbrother)
Rosemary Blake ...
Kate
Michael Bills ...
Michael
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Based on the ancient Scottish ballad "Tam Lin" (one of it's many titles), the plot concerns an aging, beautiful woman who uses her wealth (and occasionally, witchcraft) to control a decadent pack of attractive young people she surrounds herself with. But when her latest young stud falls for the local vicar's daughter, she vows revenge. Written by phillindholm

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She drained them of their manhood - and then of their LIVES! See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality/nudity, thematic elements, violence and smoking | See all certifications »
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Roddy McDowall first worked with screenwriter William Spier in 1947, when McDowall was a child actor appearing on the popular radio series "Suspense", which Spier produced and directed. See more »

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Tam Lin
Written by Bert Jansch, Jacqui McShee, Terry Cox, John Renbourn and Danny Thompson
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The fairy queen
4 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

The only movie made by talented actor Roddy McDowall whose career began when he was a child ("how green was my valley" "Lassie come home" ),who gave a memorable portrayal of Octavian in the underrated "Cleopatra" ,but who is best remembered as Cornelius in "planet of the apes " (1968 and sequel except for the second one) This would have worked in a better way as a costume drama;transposed to the late sixties time and its hippies ,it does not really make it.If it had not been for Mrs Gardner,who,even when she was aging ,was a feast for the eye ,I would have quit before the end ;based on an old folk song "the ballad of Tam-Lin" ,as performed by Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention (which can be found on their "liege and lief" album) ,the screenplay tries to follow the words to the song but there's nothing romantic because there is no magic in the air :it's the story of a wealthy (and still attractive )woman who,like the Eagles sing ,has a lot a lot of pretty boys (and girls) she calls friends .

In her memoirs ,Ava Gardner does not write a single line about it.The fear of getting old had already been treated anyway,as far as she was concerned ,in John Huston's superb "night of the iguana",which she appreciated very much and which I recommend .


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