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This Property Is Condemned (1966)

The dramatic love story of small-town Mississippi girl Alva Starr and railroad official Owen Legate, set during the Great Depression.

Director:

Sydney Pollack

Writers:

Tennessee Williams (suggested by a one act play of), Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay) (as Francis Coppola) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Wood ... Alva Starr
Robert Redford ... Owen Legate
Charles Bronson ... J.J. Nichols
Kate Reid ... Hazel Starr
Mary Badham ... Willie Starr
Alan Baxter ... Knopke
Robert Blake ... Sidney
John Harding John Harding ... Gerard Johnson
Dabney Coleman ... Salesman
Ray Hemphill Ray Hemphill ... Jimmy Bell
Brett Pearson Brett Pearson ... Charlie Steinkamp
Jon Provost ... Tom
Quentin Sondergaard Quentin Sondergaard ... Hank (as Quintin Sondergaard)
Mike Steen ... Max
Bruce Watson ... Lindsay Tate
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Alva first gets onto the train to New Orleans, the woman sitting a couple of rows behind her is resting on her arm and seems to be sleeping. In the next closeup scene, she is awake and sitting up and awake. 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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Connections

Referenced in Newhart: This Probably Is Condemned (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Just One More Chance
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
Music by Arthur Johnston
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Best of Natalie
23 February 2006 | by jcmthewolfSee all my reviews

I was not surprised to learn this was Natalie's favorite of all her films. I am a huge Natalie Wood fan and I can watch this film over and over. As much bad press as I've read about it, I still can't understand why so many don't appreciate this masterpiece. Very good story, great romance, great leads with incredible chemistry. Overall, the acting was wonderful and with an ensemble cast. Natalie never looked more beautiful, and that's saying a lot. There are several scenes I have to pause and rewind, it's just difficult believing anyone could be that beautiful! She is simply mesmerizing every second she is on screen in this film. One of her finest performances as well, if not the best of her career. Natalie is pure magic in this film, and regardless of her character's part in her own troubles, Natalie sucks you in and makes it impossible for you not to care about her character. Notable supporting performances from Robert Blake, Charles Bronson, and Kate Reid among others. It's definitely a southern tragedy, as only Tennesee Williams can tell....but so well done that it's worth it....check it out..


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1966 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

This Property Is Condemned See more »

Filming Locations:

Biloxi, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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