This Property Is Condemned (1966)
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as Alva Starr
as Owen Legate
as J. J. Nichols
as Hazel Starr
as Willie Starr
as Jimmy Bell
as Charlie Steinkamp
as Lindsay Tate
as Railroad Conductor
as boarding house tenant
Critic Reviews for This Property Is Condemned
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.
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+
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.
★★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]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v48/Zeppo1/Thispropertyiscondemned.jpg[/IMG]
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