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Lolly-Madonna XXX is a 1973 film directed by Richard C. Sarafian, based on Sue Grafton's novel The Lolly-Madonna War. Two families in rural Tennessee, the Feathers and the Gutshalls, are at war with each other. The Gutshalls create a postcard from a fictional girlfriend, Lolly-Madonna, as a ruse to get the Feather boys out of the house. The Feathers end up kidnapping innocent bystander Roonie Gill (Season Hubley), thinking she is Lolly-Madonna, so they can use her as a hostage. This mistake causes the feud to rapidly escalate.


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  • Accidental Kidnapping: Roonie's kidnapping kicks off the plot.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Gutshall matriarch Elspeth bleeds from the mouth when she's shot. Later, Thrush does the same when his father beats him to death.
  • Female Gaze: Roonie stares at Zack Feather (Jeff Bridges) while he washes himself in the trough. When he asks, "Haven't you seen a man with his shirt off before?" she smiles and shrugs.
  • Feuding Families: The Feathers and the Gutshalls are at war over a piece of meadowland that had been in the Feather family for generations; the Feathers lost it for tax-related reasons, and the Gutshalls won it in an auction.
  • Friendless Background: Roonie was orphaned at the age of twelve and grew up in foster care.
  • The Lost Lenore: The Feathers used to be a much happier and more loving family until the death of Zack's wife Lyda Jo; after that, the love went out of their family.
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  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Towards the end of the movie, Laban Feather takes out his frustrations by violently beating his son Thrush. Thrush doesn't survive.
  • Troubled Backstory Flashback: Zack and Thrush both flash back to Zack's wife's death in a riding accident, and Laban's shooting of Thrush's horses in response.

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