A railroad official, Owen Legate comes to Dodson, Mississippi to shut down much of the town's railway (town's main income). Owen unexpectedly finds love with Dodson's flirt and main ...
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A railroad official, Owen Legate comes to Dodson, Mississippi to shut down much of the town's railway (town's main income). Owen unexpectedly finds love with Dodson's flirt and main attraction, Alva Starr. Alva and Owen then try to escape Alva's mother's (Hazel) clutches and the town's revenge. Written by
On the day Owen is leaving Dodson, MS to return to New Orleans, LA, we can see a fire burning in the background with a plume of black smoke rising from it, such as a burning tire or an oil fire. Then at the end of the movie when Willy is recounting the fate of Alma, and as the helicopter shot rises up, that same fire is burning. The helicopter even flies through the plume of smoke. See more »
New Orleans is certainly not a place where a person needs to feel the pain of separation for long.
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This is one of Natalie Wood's best dramatic performances. She had been a major star for more than a decade when she made this film so it is hard to believe she was only 27. Her looks were the best they ever were.
Robert Redford was not a major star yet but his performance was equal to anything he did later.
This story is classic Tennessee Williams. I'm sure he only climbed out of a bottle long enough to write it and then crawled right back inside. It revolves around a railroad executive who travels the company line and trims the personnel fat during the great depression. He hits a small southern Mississippi town where one could cut the humidity and poverty with a knife. He has to decide which men to fire and which to keep. Then his very ordered and structured life gets complicated when he stays at a boarding house run by a dysfunctional family. He meets the oldest daughter, Natalie Wood, who is the local beauty. Great credit goes to casting and whoever scouted and selected the site location.
The supporting characters are superb in their roles as examples of the worst people we've ever run into. Everyone except Redford's character is living in total denial. They're all shallow losers.
Weird flick. Great, but weird. Depressing, but weird.
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