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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 done her wrong ... time and time again! See more »

Genres:

Western

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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 »

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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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A minor western with a feminist touch
30 April 1999 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

Bad-boy Sam Elliott sweet-talks the sheriff's unappreciated wife into helping him escape from jail. Their resulting flight across desert country tends to be slow-moving and without any points of great interest but the open scenery effectively accentuates the isolation of the two individuals and Vera Miles as the wife gives the film a touch of depth as an older woman who -- unloved at home -- falls for the manipulations of a younger man. The studios just saw Sam Elliott as a hunk of hairy "beefcake" at this point so he's required to do little more than look good when he strips to the waist, something he does with pleasing regularity. Suggested alternate title: "Molly and Shirtless John." (Alas, both VHS and DVD editions of this movie are of second-rate visual quality.)


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