A Mafia buy out of Papa Byrd's karate school downtown ends in his death. Byrd's daughter, Sydney, refuses to sell, and wants revenge. Byrd's students call the Black Belt Jones for help. Jones reluctantly teams with Sydney in many battles.
An all-black inner city school has to become an integrated school. Few dozen white kids are transfered there, but the black students are aggressively opposed to this. The school then approaches a tough black teacher for help.
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)
Based on the novel, "The Lolly Madonna War", by Sue Grafton, author of the popular "alphabet mysteries" featuring female Private Investigator Kinsey Millhone. See more »
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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Terrific cast in realistic hillbilly shoot out ......
The cast alone makes viewing this multiple title film worthwhile. It goes by "Lolly Madonna XXX", "The Lolly Madonna Wars", and the trailer calls the movie "Fire in the Meadow." No matter what you call it, this is an excellent movie that is beautifully photographed. Scott Wilson, Ed Lauter, Jeff Bridges, and Season Hubley, really carry the film, with top billed Rod Steiger and Robert Ryan more in the background. With the authenticity of the rural setting never in doubt, there is a lot to like here as far as realism is concerned. Although the ending seems a bit rushed, it cannot cancel what has preceded it. Highly recommended, especially for fans of the actors. - MERK
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