Age of Mary, Devola, and Kaiser


I haven't seen this movie in years but can anyone tell me how old Mary and Devola Call were supposed to be as well as the age of Kaiser?

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Mary Call was supposed to be 14, Devola was 18, and Kaiser was around 30 or so. It never said the age of Kaiser in the movie, but in the book it said the he was about 30.

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That was not unusual back in the old days for an older man to court a younger woman. Sometimes they'd go off to war and be ready to settle down, or finally after many years be established enough to support a family and settle down. Older women having babies was unheard of back then, so the older more established man would marry and suppoert the younger woman who could produce children for him. So, alright, it is not politically correct, but that is what happened.

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The book may give more info. but from the movie, it is mentioned that Mary is 14. Devola, she is out of school, so I assume at least 18? Kaiser's age is alluded to "I don't mind your age" Mary says when she suggests they marry to protect her family from an orphanage. The actor looks like he is playing at least 30-35, although the hard knocks of mountain life may take an early toll on some.

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Um, I figured Kaiser was more like 50-something! I haven't seen this movie since the late 1970's from the summer kids films that showed weekly at our theater. Just surprised it was Harry Dean Stanton. I mentioned the onion bath scene earlier; one that kind of disturbed me as a kid. As for Kaiser marrying the girl, most people today in our PC America would be outraged, but in those days, if you were middle aged and single wanting to marry a kid of breeding age, have at it, providing you can provide for her. Of course it was 1974, but the mountain folks tend to stick to the old ways even today

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If I'm recalling this correctly, according to the book, Mary Call is 14, Devola is about 17-18, and Kaiser is around 40.

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