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This Property Is Condemned (1966)

Natalie Wood , Robert Redford , Sydney Pollack  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Natalie Wood, Robert Redford, Charles Bronson, Kate Reid, Mary Badham
  • Directors: Sydney Pollack
  • Writers: David Rayfiel, Edith R. Sommer, Francis Ford Coppola, Fred Coe, Tennessee Williams
  • Producers: John Houseman, Ray Stark
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AUHQA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,018 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "This Property Is Condemned" on IMDb

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Inspired by Tennessee Williams' play. Brought to life by Hollywood's biggest stars. He's the wrong man to love. How could it all seem so right? Robert Redford and Natalie Wood headline this sexually charged Depression-era drama. Redford (whose next film, Barefoot In The Park), would rocket him to stardom) plays Owen Legate, a railroad official come to backwater Dodson, Mississippi, with a pocketful of pink slips for the yard employees. Wood (at age 28 already a 23-year screen veteran) portrays the town flirt whose affair with Legate ignites her mother's - and the town's - revenge. Repressed desires, sultry women, sweltering weather and a handsome stranger... this is Tennessee Williams territory. And with stars Redford, Wood and co-star Charles Bronson, it's all prime property.

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112 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Southern Gothic Treat February 17, 2004
How could a movie fanatic go wrong with this one? Sidney Pollack directing, with Francis Ford Coppola helping out with the adaptation of a Tennessee Williams play? A great cast , with especially memorable performances from Natalie Wood, Kate Reid and Mary Badham (as younger sister, Willie Starr)? Roberts Redford and Blake and Charles Bronson thrown in for lagniappe? Sounds like great gumbo to me.
Natalie Wood is absolutely alluring in this one. She and Redford, who also teamed together in the memorable INSIDE DAISY CLOVER, did indeed appear to have a lot of screen chemistry. He is the cynical company man who appears like the Grim Reaper in a small, shabby, depression-era southern town, carrying pink slips with him, instead of a scythe. The role has a lot of resonance now, what with all the corporate downsizing currently going on. Needless to say, the townfolk don't much cotton to Mr Owen Legate, with his fancy suit and self-assured ways.
With a couple notable exceptions. Tom boyish Willie Starr is taken by him right away and the minute her big sister Alma sets eyes on him, she's putty. Wood's expression in that initial glance is part of film history.
Owen further antagonizes the townfolk because they see that Alma has taken a shine to an outsider. Alma's been something of a tramp up this point, givining it up to varying degrees to most of the men in the town. Several of them, including an old geezer with an invilid wife, have been fantazising about further adventures with Alma. And Alma's mother is upset with Owen, because she sees that he is going to take away her gravy train. Hazel Starr is one of Williams' great eccentric female characters, and perhaps his most unctuous (though Amanda Wingfield, in THE GLASS MENAGERIE, is no prize, either. Kate Reid is perfect in the role.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it as a kid and I love it still today! March 19, 2001
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When I first saw this film, as a preteen, I thought it was the ultimate romance. Well, I got older ... and saw it again. And it's still pretty romantic. In fact, it's still a film I watch over and over.
The performances are really juicy. Everyone in it seems to understand the over-the-top quality of Tennessee Williams, and no one disappoints. You'll find Charles Bronson and a very young Robert Blake in supporting roles here. Both Kate Reid, as Wood's driving, ambitious `Mama' using her beautiful daughter to hook the town's men, and Mary Badham, as `Willie', the not-so-beautiful younger sister who idolizes Wood, are quite simply superb. Every move, every look from both are truly sublime.
Natalie Wood has always been one of my favorite stars, and she is every inch the star in this one. It's clear from her first closeup how special, how different, and how exciting Alva Starr is to everyone she comes in contact with. She meets her match in Robert Redford, the man who has no dreams, who sees her in unvarnished black and white but comes to appreciate her need to color life ... in fact, realizes he can't live without it when he's separated from her.
Is it great drama? No. But it's glorious soap opera. The best soap opera, the most memorable Southern soap opera, you're likely to find. These people have real problems, real needs, and they're beautifully drawn by the screenwriters (thank you, Francis Coppola, among others) and by the actors who play them. We're given a lot of time to know them and care about them, and we do care, very much.
It's one of my favorite guilty pleasures, and I expect I'll keep watching it for years to come. Don't miss it.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish me a rainbow, wish me a star ... July 6, 2004
A year after Tennessee Williams's 1945 breakthrough success with "The Glass Menagerie," a collection of his then-existing one-act plays was published under the title "27 Wagons Full of Cotton." Included in that collection was "This Property Is Condemned," a two-person play describing a chance encounter between a boy named Tom and an orphaned school drop-out named Willie by the railroad tracks outside a near-abandoned, post-depression-era Southern town. During their conversation, Willie tells Tom about her sister Alva, who was once the town's "Main Attraction" with suitors galore, fancy clothes and always out to party; but died young when her lungs "got affected." Yet, everything about Willie already spells "doom" as well: Her dreaminess and lack of realism, her cheap rhinestone bracelet and raggedy old-fashioned party dress (which were once her sister's), her shabby doll, and of course the fact that she still lives in her family's old railroad-side boarding house, long-since shut down and bearing the sign "This Property Is Condemned," from which the story thus takes its symbolic title.

Inspired by Tennessee Williams's play, Francis Ford Coppola sat down with TV writer-producers Fred Coe and Edith Sommer (as well as uncredited David Rayfiel) and created a screenplay fleshing out the backstory; the story of Alva, who dreams of nothing more than getting out of her small backwater home town and seeing the world (or at least New Orleans, which is more or less the same thing), but is trapped between lack of money and prospects on the one hand and a mother heavily capitalizing on her physical attractions on the other hand.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Slow and unnatural. Natalie is gorgeous which was the ...
Slow and unnatural. Natalie is gorgeous which was the only reason to keep watching.
Published 5 hours ago by karen
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
One of my favorite movies.
Published 1 day ago by HMG
5.0 out of 5 stars This film is a wonderful example of modern American writing
This film is a wonderful example of modern American writing.
Natalie Wood and Robert Redford are
perfect in these rolls.
Published 4 days ago by Susan A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Natalie Wood is beautiful and alluring in the movie
I first saw this movie when I was a teenager. Natalie Wood is beautiful and alluring in the movie. Redford, as is his general demeanor, was a silent type but they work well in this... Read more
Published 9 days ago by V. Looney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Natalie Wood is Hot!
Published 9 days ago by Stephen D. Rutledge
5.0 out of 5 stars Feast your eyes on Natalie Wood
What is not to like in this film? Natalie Wood is so lovely, Redford so handsome, the south so steamy. A sad and not unfamiliar storyline based on writings of Tennessee Williams. Read more
Published 11 days ago by JanJan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved the movie
Published 14 days ago by Diane Pace
5.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing film
Interesting attempt to film a Tennesse Williams play, unfortunately not a very good film.
Published 18 days ago by Dennis S. Furbush
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
I love this movie. The chemistry between Natalie Wood and Robert Redford is magnetic. She gives a great performance in this. Also Mary Badham does a fine job.
Published 20 days ago by Annabelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Got it with Booklet! :-D
Got it as what it looks like it is in perfect condition! There's booklet inside and it is "bonus"! Thanks!!
Published 27 days ago by Jeb Baldridge
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