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Lolly-Madonna XXX (1973)

In the early 1970s, a young woman passing through rural Tennessee unintentionally gets caught in a feud between two local neighboring clans, the Feathers and the Gutshalls.

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Rodney Carr-Smith, Sue Grafton (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Rod Steiger ... Laban Feather
Robert Ryan ... Pap Gutshall
Jeff Bridges ... Zack Feather
Scott Wilson ... Thrush
Katherine Squire Katherine Squire ... Chickie Feather
Tresa Hughes ... Elspeth Gutshall
Timothy Scott ... Skylar Feather
Kiel Martin ... Ludie Gutshall
Ed Lauter ... Hawk Feather
Joan Goodfellow Joan Goodfellow ... Sister E. Gutshall
Season Hubley ... Roonie Gill
Randy Quaid ... Finch Feather
Gary Busey ... Zeb
Paul Koslo ... Villum Gutshall
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Storyline

Two rustic families, headed by patriarchs Laban Feather and Pap Gutshall, are feuding. At first, it is comical, with just the sons of the two families playing tricks on each other. But soon the Feather boys decide to kidnap a girl. She turns out to be innocent bystander Roonie Gill, not the made-up girlfriend "Lolly Madonna." As events escalate, Zack Feather and Roonie fall in love and try to bring the others to their senses. Will Roonie discover Zack's dark secret, the reason for the painful feud between the two families which once were close friends? Written by Dan Kuttner (KutRite@yahoo.com)

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A simple prank... a game...nobody won. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1974 (Uruguay) See more »

Also Known As:

Fire in the Meadow See more »

Filming Locations:

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This movie was based on the novel, "The Lolly Madonna War", written by Sue Grafton. Sue Grafton is author of the popular "alphabet mysteries" featuring female Private Investigator Kinsey Millhone. See more »

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Roonie Gill: My name is Roonie Gill. I was just changing buses on my way to Nashville. Actually, I didn't care much where I was going. It just felt good to be on my own for the first time. I never heard of the Feather family or the Gutshalls before that. I found out later that Ludie Gutshall had planted a postcard in the Feather mailbox to get them away from the still. He signed it Lolly-Madonna - and that's who they thought I was. By the time I knew what was happening, there wasn't much I could do about it...
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An allegory for war, specifically Vietnam, with touching, memorable performances.
21 August 1999 | by KutWriteSee all my reviews

Two rustic families, headed by patriarchs Laban Feather (Rod Steiger)and Pap Gutshall (Robert Ryan), begin a feud. At first, it is comical, with the sons of the two families playing tricks on each other. One such trick gives the Feather boys the idea to kidnap a girl, who turns out to be innocent bystander Roonie, not the made-up girlfriend named Lolly Madonna. As events escalate, Jeff Bridges' character, Zack Feather, and Roonie fall in love and try to bring the others to their senses. What Roonie doesn't know is that Zack has a dark secret, which will explain why there is much real pain between the two families that once were close friends.

The plot really pushes forward in this movie, which I believe is in part an allegory for the mindlessness of war in general, and for Vietnam in particular (the Paris Peace Talks were about to start when the movie was released). The touching performances make you feel for and care about every character, from wannabe "Elvis" Hawk Feather (Ed Lauter) and his sensitive brother, Thrush Feather (Scott Wilson), both patriarchs, each with a different cross to bear, to the patient, wise, quietly suffering matriarchs (Tresa Hughes and Katherine Squire). Relative newcomers Jeff Bridges, Gary Busey and Season Hubley bring focus and hope to the film. Even the simple melodic score is perfect, coming forward at just the right time.

"Lolly-Madonna XXX" brings tears to my eyes every time I see it... and I'm no wimp!


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