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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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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 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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Call her what you want. Do with her what you will. But remember... This property is condemned. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1966 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Una mujer sin horizonte See more »

Filming Locations:

Biloxi, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filming started without a finished script, which meant constant rewrites. In an interview years later, Natalie Wood recalled that the actors would sometimes make up dialog on the spot because the scripted dialog was often unusable. See more »

Goofs

When Alva's train is headed to New Orleans, there is a shot of it crossing a long over-water trestle, and there is a modern highway bridge in the background. 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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Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Sydney Pollack (2000) See more »

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Sing You Sinners
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Natalie Wood & Robert Redford. Perfect.
29 November 2003 | by eaglejet98See all my reviews

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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