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This Property Is Condemned

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 1966
  • Sydney Pollack
  • 105 mins
  • X

Summary

A small-town woman falls in love with a stranger sent to close down the local railway. Her manipulative mother schemes to drive the outsider away, intending her daughter to marry someone else, which sets in motion a fierce battle of wills between parent and child. Romantic drama, starring Robert Redford, Natalie Wood and Charles Bronson

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

This adaptation of Tennessee Williams's early one-act play was to have starred Elizabeth Taylor with Richard Burton to direct. Francis Ford Coppola - who once directed a college production - was one of the screenwriters, but though his name appears on the credits he had little to do with the film that was eventually made. The setting is a boarding house during the Depression where the landlady exploits her daughter Alva's charms to attract custom. But Alva - gorgeous Natalie Wood - has her eye on nice Robert Redford, who has arrived in town to lay off the railroad men. The beautiful camerawork (courtesy of James Wong Howe), the fresh performances and Sydney Pollack's assured direction keep this impressive film from overheating in the usual Williams manner.

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Credits

Cast

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Alva StarrNatalie Wood
Owen LegateRobert Redford
JJ NicholsCharles Bronson
Hazel StarrKate Reid
Willie StarrMary Badham
KnopkeAlan Baxter
SidneyRobert Blake
JohnsonJohn Harding
SalesmanDabney Coleman

Crew

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DirectorSydney Pollack

Details

Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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