The Ballad of Tam Lin

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The Ballad of Tam-Lin (1970, UK) is a Occult-Horror-Cult film directed by Roddy McDowall.


Main Details

  • Released in December 1970
  • Color
  • Running time: 106 minutes
  • Production Co.: Gershwin-Kastner Productions (co-production) | Winkast Film Productions (co-production)
  • Distribution Co.: American International Pictures
  • Directed by Roddy McDowall
  • Written by William Spier, from the poem by Robert Burns (uncredited)
  • Starring: Ava Gardner, Cyril Cusack, Stephanie Beacham, Ian McShane, Richard Wattis

Plot Summary

  • Based on the ancient Scottish ballad "Tam Lin" (one of its many titles), the plot concerns an aging, beautiful woman who uses her wealth (and occasionally, witchcraft) to control a decadent pack of attractive young people she surrounds herself with. But when her latest young stud falls for the local vicar's daughter, she vows revenge.


  • She drained them of their manhood - and then of their LIVES!
  • the story of a kind of woman few people even exist...
  • They Called Her The Devil's Widow

Also Known As

  • Tam-Lin
  • The Devil's Widow
  • The Devil's Woman
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