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Zandy's Bride (1974)

PG | | Drama, Western | 19 May 1974 (USA)
An American settler marries an European mail-order bride and together they learn how to thrive in the harsh wilderness while working on their relationship too.


Jan Troell


Lillian Bos Ross (novel), Marc Norman
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Complete credited cast:
Gene Hackman ... Zandy Allan
Liv Ullmann ... Hannah Lund
Eileen Heckart ... Ma Allan
Susan Tyrrell ... Maria Cordova
Harry Dean Stanton ... Songer
Joe Santos ... Frank Gallo
Frank Cady ... Pa Allan
Sam Bottoms ... Mel Allan
Bob Simpson Bob Simpson ... Bill Pincus
Vivian Gordon Vivian Gordon ... Street Girl
Fabian Gregory Cordova Fabian Gregory Cordova ... Indian Boy


Zandy Allan purchases a mail-order bride, Hannah Lund. He treats her as a possession, without respect or humanity, until their shared ordeal as they struggle to survive develops in him a growing love. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The mail-order marriage. She was less than he had hoped for ... and more than he dared imagine.


Drama | Western


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Before DVD and blu ray, "Zandy's Bride" was one of the hardest Gene Hackman movies to find. See more »


Hannah Lund: I hope you find a friend.
Zandy Allan: Friend? A friend is one who keeps their part of the bargain. You want a friend in me? Give me the sums I asked for.
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Alternate Versions

Some sources list the running time as 116 minutes, though available prints run 97 minutes. The latter is actually the official runtime; a preview cut of the film ran nearly 20 minutes longer than the film that was eventually released, but the running time for the longer version has been erroneously listed instead. See more »


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Dreary western; even fine performances by Ullmann and Hackman can't breathe life into this one.
28 January 2003 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

Zandy's Bride is quite interesting because it deals with a theme that has become relevant again in the 21st century. It's about a mail order bride, and of course with the introduction of the Internet into the majority of modern homes, the idea shopping for a wife has once again reared its ugly head. Beyond the topicality, however, the film is a failure on most other counts.

Gene Hackman plays a rough and rugged pioneer living on a ranch in the middle of nowhere. He is waiting around for a mail order bride from Scandinavia, and when she arrives he mistreats her. It's not that he's a nasty man, more that he has lived a simple and uncomplicated life and he finds it hard to relate properly to another human being (especially of the opposite sex) after so many years of labouring away in such lonely surroundings.

The bride is played well by Liv Ullmann. The backdrop to the film is beautifully captured. Beyond the performances and the scenery, there's not much else to hold the attention. It's a boring film, critically hindered by the fact that it has too little to say and no notable plot to follow through to a logical conclusion. The unsuited pair meet, fall out a lot, and that's just about it. As much as I admire Hackman (worth watching in all his films... a real consummate actor), this one just isn't worth the effort. Skip it.

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Release Date:

19 May 1974 (USA) See more »

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For Better, for Worse See more »

Filming Locations:

Big Sur, California, USA


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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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2.39 : 1
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