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Gal Young Un (1979)

Gal Young 'Un centers on a spinster woman who lives alone in the woods of north Florida until she is swept off her feet by an opportunistic bootlegger. He marries her for her place and her ... See full summary »


Victor Nunez


Victor Nunez (script), Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (short story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Preu Dana Preu ... Mattie Siles
David Peck David Peck ... Trax
J. Smith-Cameron ... Elly (as J. Smith)
Gene Densmore Gene Densmore ... Storekeeper
Jennie Stringfellow Jennie Stringfellow ... Edna
Tim McCormack Tim McCormack ... Blaine
Casey Donovan ... Jeb Lantry
Mike Garlington Mike Garlington ... Eddy Lantry
Marshall New Marshall New ... Edgar
Bruce Cornwell Bruce Cornwell ... Phil
John Pieters John Pieters ... Winner at Cards
Gil Lazier Gil Lazier ... The Other Bootlegger
Tina Moore Tina Moore ... His Girl
Marc H. Glick Marc H. Glick ... The Hotel Manager (as Marc Glick)
Kerry McKenney Kerry McKenney ... Girl in Orange


Gal Young 'Un centers on a spinster woman who lives alone in the woods of north Florida until she is swept off her feet by an opportunistic bootlegger. He marries her for her place and her daddy's money and her cooking and cleaning, which she freely shares. Inevitably, he shows his true colors in a variety of ways. One day he brings home a very young woman with clear intentions of keeping her as a mistress (a gal young 'un) in the older woman's house. Business takes him elsewhere and the two woman are left alone in the woods together to come to terms with their shared exploitedness. Written by George W. Sherouse

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Prohibition days in Florida's piney woods... See more »









Release Date:

24 September 1979 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$94,000 (estimated)
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Nunez Films,FAIFF See more »
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Did You Know?


Picked by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films" in a special supplement devoted to independent films that was only distributed to subscribers in November 1997. See more »


Featured in Sneak Previews: Independent Films (1981) See more »

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Typo, and other observations
18 May 2006 | by briefcase119See all my reviews

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was the author of this short story. Victor Nunez specializes in films about Florida people. In this film, which was shot in the piney woods near Gainesville-Ocala, many of the actors are expatriots from the Florida State Theatre troupe, The Hippodrome Theatre, in Gainesville. The historic interiors are authenticated by interpretation specialists of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Home Historic Site, and the exteriors are also accurate to the place and time of the story. I cannot confirm the automobiles as accurate, but given the care for authenticity in other regards, these are probably accurate as well.

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