Zandy's Bride (For Better, for Worse) (1974) - Rotten Tomatoes

Zandy's Bride (For Better, for Worse) (1974)

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Based on Lillian Bos Ross' novel The Stranger and adapted by screenwriter Marc Norman 25 years before he would win the Best Original Screenplay Academy Award for 1999's Shakespeare in Love (along with Tom Stoppard), Zandy's Bride is a romantic Western starring (Gene Hackman) as gruff rural rancher Zandy Allan. Looking more for an extra hand around the ranch than a companion, Zandy sends for a mail-order bride from Sweden. Unfortunately for him, he doesn't get what he expected. When his bride, Hannah (Liv Ullmann), arrives she is anything but compliant, bearing a headstrong attitude that rubs Zandy the wrong way. Although he mistreats her at first, Zandy and Hannah fall in love as hardship hits and they must struggle together for their survival. Also starring Eileen Heckart and Harry Dean Stanton, Zandy's Bride was also released under the title For Better, For Worse.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Classics , Western
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Warner Bros.

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Cast

Gene Hackman
as Zandy Allan
Liv Ullmann
as Hannah Lund
Eileen Heckart
as Ma Allan
Samuel Bottoms
as Mel Allan
Joe Santos
as Frank
Frank Cady
as Pa Allan
Bob Simpson
as Bill Pincus
Don Wilbanks
as Farraday
Vivian Gordon
as Street Girl
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Critic Reviews for Zandy's Bride (For Better, for Worse)

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Tepid pioneer romance film.

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Audience Reviews for Zandy's Bride (For Better, for Worse)

½

Well-acted, but glacially slow even by early '70s audience standards. If you're expecting much growth between Zandy (Gene Hackman) and his mail-order bride (Liv Ullmann), you're also likely to be disappointed; for the most part, this western-set relationship depicts a constant state of misunderstanding, mistrust, and abuse.

Daryl Kuxhouse
Daryl Kuxhouse

You gotta have patience to sit there & watch Zandy's Bride waiting for something to happen.If you can sit through it all, It's eventually a pretty good movie.I know a couple times I wanted to turn it off & watch something else but I'm glad I didn't

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