Zandy's Bride

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Zandy's Bride
Zandy's Bride FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Jan Troell
Produced by Harvey Matofsky (producer)
Written by Lillian Bos Ross (novel The Stranger)
Marc Norman (writer)
Starring Gene Hackman
Music by Michael Franks
Fred Karlin
Cinematography Jordan Cronenweth
Frank M. Holgate
Edited by Gordon Scott
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Running time
116 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Zandy's Bride is a 1974 American film directed by Jan Troell. It stars Gene Hackman and Liv Ullmann.

The film is also known as For Better, for Worse in the USA (TV title). It was filmed on location near Big Sur, California.


Zandy Allan is a hard-working cattle rancher in a remote part of the American West who needs a hired hand more than he needs a wife. He sends away for a mail-order bride, a Swedish woman who lives near Minneapolis. Expecting a woman in her 20s, Zandy is disappointed when Hannah Lund turns out to be 32. He is not interested in love, only in work, although this does not keep him from misbehaving around a local woman named Maria. Hannah is here, in his mind, strictly to help Zandy run his ranch and provide future sons. However, the more time he spends with Hannah, the less he comes to treat her as a possession that he has bought, in no small part because of her insistence that she be treated with respect.



Director Jan Troell recounted, "The first problem with me on Zandy's Bride was that I wasn't allowed to operate the camera [because of U.S. union rules]. That makes a lot of difference to me because I feel very awkward sitting beside the camera. Otherwise, I thought it was a very useful experience."[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sragow, Michael (June 9, 1983). "Jan Troell: Hypnotist on a Grand Scale". Rolling Stone (397): 50. 

External links[edit]