´╗┐ Madron (1970) starring Richard Boone, Leslie Caron, Gabi Amrani, Paul L. Smith, Aharon IpalÚ, Chaim Banai directed by Jerry Hopper Movie Review

Madron (1970)   3/53/53/53/53/5

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Leslie Caron and Richard Boone in Madron (1970)

Caron's Sister Act

After the wagon train she was part of is attacked Sister Mary (Leslie Caron) finds herself alone and wandering the desert. That is until she comes across outlaw Madron (Richard Boone) who knows a nun alone in the desert stands no chance of surviving and agrees to accompany her to her destination. But even as a duo the journey is full of danger from outlaws and apaches as well as Mary and Madron getting close.

What is it with nuns in the west, they end up all alone in the middle of nowhere and end up becoming travelling buddies with a dangerous and cantankerous man who rescues her. In truth I can only think of a few westerns involving nuns yet they all have roughly the same story which focuses on the antagonistic relationship which ends up becoming a romance, I guess those holy vows meant little to those ladies in the Wild West. And it seems than in each of these movies being a woman of the cloth is reason enough for outlaws to want to rape you. Basically what I am saying is that "Madron" is a generic western which features a nun in the west.

Look beyond the familiar storyline and "Madron" gets no better as stylistically it is ordinary. In fact it is one of those movies where the continuity errors become ever clearer as the lack of an intriguing storyline makes you focus on other things.

But the one thing it has going for it is that Richard Boone and Leslie Caron play characters that are characters and end up the most interesting part of the movie. Boone would not be my first choice for a dirty outlaw who shoots people in cold blood but he makes Madron quirky whilst even a Nun's habit can't hide Leslie Caron's beauty.

What this all boils down to is that "Madron" is an entertaining western if you enjoy westerns but ends up surprisingly generic with its story of an outlaw and a nun travelling together.


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