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Zandy's Bride (1974)

PG | | 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.

Director:

Jan Troell

Writers:

Lillian Bos Ross (novel), Marc Norman
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

For Better, for Worse See more »

Filming Locations:

Big Sur, California, USA

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Zandy Allan: Tony Gallo, huh? You finally got somebody to go to the bushes with you.
Maria Cordova: Shit on you. I died when you married that woman.
Zandy Allan: You're gonna look real funny over there at your wedding with a black eye. And that's where you're heading, chica.
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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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One of the great TV movies
29 May 2004 | by lanatrSee all my reviews

Zandy's Bride is a unique film, in that its sense of realism is remarkably good. The character Hackman and Ullman portrayed are believable: strong, simple, independent, honery at times, solemn, determined to survive. Their portrayal is how I would have imagined earlier settlers in a harsh, and unforgiving environment to act.

I enjoy researching and reading about the common struggles of people throughout American history. All the more reason to give this film high praise, and again not because its tainted with Matrixisque, and any other high tech movie spillover, with its intense action, and depletion of substantive characterization. This film dealt with human conflict and the mistakes we consistently seem to make, before we are forced to face someone with whom we can trust and care for. This is one of the best films to watch in our day of complexity and lack of inspiration.. How and when can I watch it again, is my comment and question.


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