Lolly-Madonna XXX

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For the 1969 novel by Sue Grafton on which the motion picture is based, see The Lolly-Madonna War.
Lolly-Madonna XXX
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Directed by Richard C. Sarafian
Produced by Rodney Carr-Smith
Screenplay by Rodney Carr-Smith &
Sue Grafton
Based on The Lolly-Madonna War 
by Sue Grafton
Starring Jeff Bridges
Rod Steiger
Robert Ryan
Music by Fred Myrow
Cinematography Philip H. Lathrop
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
February 21, 1973 (USA)
Running time
103 min.
Country United States
Language English

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.[1]


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.

Principal cast[edit]

Actor Role
Rod Steiger Laban Feather
Robert Ryan Pap Gutshall
Jeff Bridges Zack Feather
Scott Wilson Thrush
Katherine Squire Chickie Feather
Joan Goodfellow Sister E Gutshall
Tresa Hughes Elspeth Gutshall
Gary Busey Zeb
Randy Quaid Finch Feather
Season Hubley Lolly Madonna

Critical reception[edit]

The film had a mixed reception from the critics. Vincent Canby of The New York Times starts his review:

On the other hand, Variety had this to say:

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." [4]


  1. ^ "'Lolly-Madonna' changed lives". Anchorage Daily News. July 8, 1973. p. 14. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ Canby, Vincent (February 22, 1973). "'Lolly-Madonna' Appears on Screen". The New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Lolly-Madonna XXX - The Lolly-Madonna War (U.K.)". Variety. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Lolly-Madonna XXX (Warner Archive Collection)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 

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