Tam Lin (1971)
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as Michaela Cazaret
as Tom Lynn
as Vicar Julian Ainsley
as Janet Ainsley
as Miss Gibson
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if u know the celtic legend of tam lin, then u know the plot of this film. of interest mainly as the only film directed by roddy mcdowall, a late starring role for 48 yr old ava gardner, and a proving ground for young actors like joanna lumley and ian mcshane, the film has a nice hammer vibe, with dreamy folk music by the pentangle, but veers off course in the last third into very cheesy horror territory. reportedly shelved for years until being recut by the studio and renamed 'the devil's widow', it's lately been reassembled more in line with roddy's original vision, which, sad to say, is a little unfocussed. here's a poster
Muddled and plodding but with a good cast and some nice Celtic music this is a failed attempt at a modern tale of enchantment. Ava looks great, this was made just before her hard living ways really laid waste to her appearance. Of interest to see so many actors who went on to greater recognition like Joanna Lumley and Sinead Cusack just starting out in small parts. This went through heavy editing leaving it not without its moments but ultimately missing a point of view.
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