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|Directed by||Richard C. Sarafian|
|Produced by||Rodney Carr-Smith|
|Screenplay by||Rodney Carr-Smith &
|Based on||The Lolly-Madonna War
by Sue Grafton
|Music by||Fred Myrow|
|Cinematography||Philip H. Lathrop|
|February 21, 1973 (USA)|
Lolly-Madonna XXX (aka The Lolly-Madonna War) is a 1973 film directed by Richard C. Sarafian. The film was co-written by Rodney Carr-Smith and Sue Grafton, based on the novel The Lolly-Madonna War by Grafton.
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Two families in rural Tennessee, headed by patriarchs Laban Feather (Rod Steiger) and Pap Gutshall (Robert Ryan) are at odds with each other. The sons of the two families play harmless tricks on each other but soon the Feather boys decide to kidnap a girl, escalating the rivalry. She turns out to be innocent bystander Roonie Gill (Season Hubley), not the made-up girlfriend "Lolly Madonna." As events escalate, Zack Feather (Jeff Bridges) and Roonie fall in love and try to bring the others to their senses.
|Rod Steiger||Laban Feather|
|Robert Ryan||Pap Gutshall|
|Jeff Bridges||Zack Feather|
|Katherine Squire||Chickie Feather|
|Joan Goodfellow||Sister E Gutshall|
|Tresa Hughes||Elspeth Gutshall|
|Randy Quaid||Finch Feather|
|Season Hubley||Lolly Madonna|
|“||Lolly-Madonna XXX is a disaster, but I can't tell whether it's because hillbillies make rotten metaphors or because Richard C. Sarafian has made a rotten movie.||”|
On the other hand, Variety had this to say:
|“||Sue Grafton's novel, The Lolly-Madonna War, has been handsomely and sensitively filmed. Excellent performances abound by older and younger players in a mountain-country clan feud story which mixes extraordinary human compassion with raw but discreet violence.||”|
Reviewing the new Warner Archive Collection DVD release of the movie, Paul Mavis of DVDTalk wrote, "[It's a] strange, hypnotic doom and gloom Southern cult classic, with a one-of-a-kind cast....a remarkably atmospheric take on the inevitable escalation of violence fueled by misunderstood circumstances, primordial urges, and personal weaknesses, shaded by uniformly good performances from the stellar cast. A real find for lovers of 70s moviemaking." 
- "'Lolly-Madonna' changed lives". Anchorage Daily News. July 8, 1973. p. 14. Retrieved May 4, 2010.
- Canby, Vincent (February 22, 1973). "'Lolly-Madonna' Appears on Screen". The New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2010.
- "Lolly-Madonna XXX - The Lolly-Madonna War (U.K.)". Variety. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- "Lolly-Madonna XXX (Warner Archive Collection)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
- Lolly-Madonna XXX at the Internet Movie Database
- Lolly-Madonna XXX at AllMovie
- Original New York Times review
- Knoxville News Sentinel Photo Gallery of East Tennessee Movie Making: Lolly-Madonna XXX (1973)
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