This Property Is Condemned (1966)
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Sydney Pollack's tawdry potboiler, adapted from a one-act play by Tennessee Williams, was rife with production problems, culminating in Williams' failed attempt to have his name removed from the credits. The story is set by a framing device as thirteen-year-old Willie Starr (Mary Badham) sits on an abandoned railroad track with her friend Tom (Jon Provost) and relates the tale of her deceased older sister Alva (Natalie Wood). Alva is a beautiful woman living in a small Mississippi town in the
Aug 3, 1966 Limited
Dec 2, 2003
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Derived from a Tennessee Williams one-acter, the production is adult without being sensational, touching without being maudlin.
Considering the wealth of talent that participated in this Tennessee Williams adaptation, the results are disappointing in the extreme.
Sydney Pollack's second film (1966) has Natalie Wood and Robert Redford entangled in a steamy Tennessee Williams plotline, well photographed by James Wong Howe.
The script is riddled with obvious problems, but the acting is top-notch.
Pretty controversial in its time; see it for Redford and Wood.
Coppola had a hand in the script, but this is an overcooked melodrama that's easy on the eye and not too taxing on the brain.
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