This Property Is Condemned (1966)




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Based on a play by Tennessee Williams, this screen version (after falling into the hands of screenwriters) tells of the struggles of a young woman as her mother attempts to manipulate her love life. Natalie Wood stars as Alva, who falls for Owen (Robert Redford) when he stays at her mother Hazel's (Kate Reid) boarding house. After Hazel lies to Owen that Alva is marrying someone else, he leaves town. A spiteful Alva marries her mother's violent lover, J.J. (Charles Bronson). The day after the wedding, she comes to her senses and goes after Owen, but her mother interferes again, revealing the marriage to Owen. Alva is then traumatized beyond repair and her life falls apart in usual Williams fashion. This drama also includes performances by Mary Badham, Dabney Coleman and John Harding among others.
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Natalie Wood
as Alva Starr
Robert Redford
as Owen Legate
Charles Bronson
as J. J. Nichols
Dabney Coleman
as Salesman
Kate Reid
as Hazel Starr
Mary Badham
as Willie Starr
Alan Baxter
as Knopke
Robert Blake
as Sidney
John Harding
as Johnson
Ray Hemphill
as Jimmy Bell
Brett Pearson
as Charlie Steinkamp
Bruce Watson
as Lindsay Tate
Bob Random
as Tiny
Nick Stuart
as Railroad Conductor
Ralph Roberts
as boarding house tenant
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Critic Reviews for This Property Is Condemned

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Derived from a Tennessee Williams one-acter, the production is adult without being sensational, touching without being maudlin.

Full Review… | December 11, 2007
Top Critic

Considering the wealth of talent that participated in this Tennessee Williams adaptation, the results are disappointing in the extreme.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Under Sydney Pollack's direction, they are all acting seamy sterotypes.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The script is riddled with obvious problems, but the acting is top-notch.

Full Review… | December 11, 2007
TV Guide

Pretty controversial in its time; see it for Redford and Wood.

November 1, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for This Property Is Condemned

She's the main attraction. A railroad official rides into a small town to deliver some news. During the heart of the railroad age, some towns contained brothel like establishments similar to some truck stops in the modern era. The official stays at a brothel in the town but more for room and board than the treats. However, he falls for the madam's daughter. The daughter lives in the clouds and has dreams of doing great things. Will the official and daughter make things perfect for both sides? "A man takes a drink. A drink takes a drink. The drink takes the man." Sydney Pollack, director of Tootsie, Out of Africa, The Firm, The Interpreter, Absence of Malice, Bobby Deerfield, The Way we Were, and The Scalphunters, delivers This Property is Condemned. The storyline for this picture is remarkably well done. I adored the characters and Alva's character was awesome and reminded me so much of someone that was in my life. The acting was perfection and the cast includes Robert Redford, Charles Bronson, Natalie Wood, Kate Reid, Mary Badham, and Robert Blake. "Don't tell him." I randomly came across this film because it stars Charles Bronson. I thought Robert Redford and Charles Bronson would be an interesting combination for a film. I thought Robert Redford and Natalie Wood were amazing in this picture. This is one that keeps you thinking about it after you see it. I really recommend this classic. "This property is condemned but ain't nothing wrong with it." Grade: A+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Excellent story, with Wood perhaps not properly catching the free-spirited party gal as well as she could have. Overall though, solid performances from an interesting cast. This was Pollack's first big movie behind the camera, and it was the right film for him.

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

★★1/2 (out of four) Not one of the best of playwright Tennessee Williams dramas. The playwright himself was so upset with the adaption, he tried to get his named removed from the film credits. Natalie Wood plays a young woman living in a small town in 1930's Mississippi. Her manipulative mother wants her to marry a wealthy local man. But she has fallen for the good-looking loner from New Orleans. (Robert Redford). He wants her to run away with him. It's not a bad film, what it does wear on you after a while. Natalie Wood's character isn't that captivating for the central role and it just feels like a leftover from Tennessee Williams. [IMG][/IMG]

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Steve Smith

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