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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Alva wanted out in the worst way. 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

Natalie Wood had to perform a scene standing in a steel water tank for cattle. She was so afraid of dark water that costar Robert Blake had to dive under the water, hold his breath and steady her legs so she could perform the scene. 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 »

Soundtracks

Just One More Chance
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
Music by Arthur Johnston
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Natalie Wood and Redford Sparkle in this Classic Film
30 June 2002 | by Tulsa90See all my reviews

I agree with the recent user comments praising this film. It does really portray the Old South well and puts the viewer right there. If you focus on the characters as the plot develops, it does bring on some intense emotions as you root for this poor girl to get free from her Mother and all the forces pulling at her.

I disagree with the comments regarding a lack of character development in Dobson. There was no need to develop these characters further. Also, the scenes in New Orleans are integral to the whole point of the story and the film itself, I don' understand the negative feedback about the scenes filmed in New Orleans.

Natalie Wood was gorgeous as usual and I think this is one of Robert Redford's best roles. I highly recommend this classic film. I gave it a 9 out of 10.


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