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The Devil's Widow (1970)

The Ballad of Tam Lin (original title)
PG-13 | | Horror | September 1972 (USA)
Based on an ancient Scottish folk song, an older woman uses witchcraft to keep her young jet-set friends.

Director:

Roddy McDowall

Writer:

William Spier (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ava Gardner ... Michaela Cazaret
Ian McShane ... Tom Lynn
Richard Wattis ... Elroy
Cyril Cusack ... Vicar Julian Ainsley
Stephanie Beacham ... Janet Ainsley
David Whitman David Whitman ... Oliver
Fabia Drake ... Miss Gibson
Sinéad Cusack ... Rose (as Sinead Cusack)
Joanna Lumley ... Georgia
Jenny Hanley ... Caroline
Madeline Smith ... Sue
Bruce Robinson ... Alan
Victoria Fairbrother ... Vanna (as Pamela Farbrother)
Rosemary Blake Rosemary Blake ... Kate
Michael Bills Michael Bills ... Michael
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Storyline

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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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality/nudity, thematic elements, violence and smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devil's Widow See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only film directed by Roddy McDowall. See more »

Alternate Versions

A newly recut version of this movie has been released. This movie wasn't originally conceived as a horror film. It was altered by American International after they got the rights to it. The new version has restored the original vision that Roddy Mcdowall had for the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Sun in My Eyes
Music by Salena Jones
Lyrics by William Spier
Performed by Pentangle
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sense of presence for the film

I enjoyed Ava Gardner's sense of age of Aquarius presence for the film. I would have appreciated seeing more films directed by Roddy McDowall. True works of art always have always been birthed from turmoil. The male leads were memorable (Ian McShane)…."You wasted my life….You won't let me go…". The movie helped me respect my middle-age and desire to have something more to life than impending old age and empty nest syndrome. I can't wait to find a bright orange outfit like the one Ava wore in the opening scene. "Give him back……." (so memorable). The character's Scottish retreat appears to offer the viewer a permanent round of relaxation and welcome (along with a picnic basket of memorable one liners!) All the characters were interesting to watch unfold - male accountant; (my favorite was the fortune teller. The plot moves too quickly to convey very mature feelings in a immature world of valley of the doll babies. Tom makes the potentially fatal error of falling in love with the daughter of the local vicar – he should have stayed with Micky. This movie was not sluggish and uneventful; it gets better as it progresses into the story. I would recommend this film as a sleeper and a keeper! (smile)


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