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This Property Is Condemned (1966)

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 ... See full summary »

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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 Kelly

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Alva wanted out in the worst way. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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7 October 1966 (West Germany)  »

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Una mujer sin horizonte  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Kate Reid, who plays the role of Natalie Wood's mother in this film, is only 8 years older than Wood. See more »

Goofs

A wall calendar shows it to be August, 1931. Natalie Wood and Robert Redford go to a movie that didn't come out until October, 1932 See more »

Quotes

Alva Starr: New Orleans is certainly not a place where a person needs to feel the pain of separation for long.
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References A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) See more »

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Sing You Sinners
by Sam Coslow and W. Franke Harling
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A classic!
24 January 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those dramas that is never dated. No matter how many times I watch it, it never loses its magic. Having memorized virtually every line in the movie, I continue to enjoy it more with each viewing.

The 1966 masterpiece, which takes place in a fictitious small town in Mississippi during the depression, was only released on DVD in late 2003. It should be a part of everyone's collection.

The characters and the setting are remarkable in their realism. Natalie Wood's vulnerable bimbo may be the best role of her career (and is Alva Star a perfect name, or what?). Kate Reid, as the middle aged mother who runs a shabby rooming house and quasi-brothel, delivers a rock solid performance. The younger daughter, played by child actress Mary Badham (of "To Kill a Mockingbird" fame) masterfully brings to the screen a complex blend of childlike naivete and cynical worldliness. Redford is memorable in his role as a newcomer on the scene, a temporary guest who clearly has no idea of the conflicted and tragic relationship he is destined to find with an enchanted-but-stained Natalie Wood and her wretched kin.

Indeed, the entire supporting cast in this torrid Tennessee Williams story put in star-quality performances. Collectively, they make this story unforgettable.

Little sister "Willie" is fond of calling her seductive older sister "the main attraction" - a description that could also be used to describe this amazing film.


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