Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Sidney Lumet|
|Produced by||Stephen J. Friedman|
|Written by||Larry McMurtry
Stephen J. Friedman
|Music by||Fred Hellerman|
|Cinematography||Edward R. Brown|
|Edited by||Joanne Burke|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||98 minutes|
Lovin' Molly is a 1974 drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Anthony Perkins, Beau Bridges, Blythe Danner in the title role, Ed Binns, and Susan Sarandon. The film is based on one of Larry McMurtry's first novels, Leaving Cheyenne. Prior to release, the film was also known as Molly, Gid, and Johnny and The Wild and The Sweet.
When Sidney [Lumet] and producer Stephen J. Friedman got into town, they came with what they hoped would be the perfect formula for success. It had worked on The Last Picture Show, and they knew it would work here. It was this: get a Larry McMurtry novel, hire your three lead actors from Hollywood, get a great director, pick up all the rest of the actors and the crew from the local pool and you were set. Great plan, and it almost worked ...
The movie was filmed in Bastrop, Texas; the filming was witnessed by a Texan journalist who later wrote a 1974 Texas Monthly article about it. Lumet directed this film during a span when his Serpico, Murder on the Orient Express, Dog Day Afternoon and Network were nominated for a combined 24 Academy Awards.
Over a span of nearly 40 years, Gid and Johnny, a pair of Texas farm boys, compete for the affections of Molly Taylor, a free spirit who cares for both of them.
- Anthony Perkins as Gid
- Beau Bridges as Johnny
- Blythe Danner as Molly
- Susan Sarandon as Sarah
- Edward Binns as Fry
- Leavin' McMurtry (registration required), a March 1974 article from Texas Monthly magazine
- Interview with Paul Partain, commenting on the film
- Lovin' Molly at the Internet Movie Database
- Lovin' Molly at AllMovie
- Lovin' Molly at Rotten Tomatoes
- Lovin' Molly at Box Office Mojo
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