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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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Vanna (as Pamela Farbrother)
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Kate
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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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the story of a kind of woman few people even exist... 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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"Don't let go of me!"
21 November 2010 | by (Rockland, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

I saw this film for the first time last night and loved it! After reading so many mixed or out- right negative reviews of it over the years, I was truly surprised by how much I enjoyed it, how well it was made, how well the Tam Lin legend was updated to a relatively contemporary setting, and, ultimately, how enthralled I was by Gardner's Fairy Queen.

I have to admit the first 15-20 minutes or so did take some work. Not that they were poorly spent minutes, but adjusting to the 1970s milieu of swinging London took some time, though it was great fun watching a very young Joanna Lumley in a film that somewhat prophesied her role as Patsy Stone on ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS.

Now that I've seen this, I wish Roddy had made more films. This is how I like my spooky fairy tales told. May be it all comes down to you're either on the SHREK bus or the TAM LIN bus. I'm definitely taking another ride on the latter.


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