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This Property Is Condemned

  NR HD Closed Captioning

Sydney Pollack

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Plot Summary

Repressed desires, sultry women, sweltering weather and a handsome new stranger in town... this is playwright Tennessee Williams at his very best. Depression-era Dodson, Mississippi, is particularly devastated with the arrival of Owen Legate (Robert Redford), a railroad official with a pocketful of pink slips for the rail yard employees. Natalie Wood is captivating as Alva Starr, the coquettish town flirt with plenty of big plans but nowhere to go... until Legate appears on her doorstep. Their ensuing affair enrages Alva's distant, uncaring mother (Kate Reid)—and ignites a town's revenge. Masterfully directed by Sydney Pollack (The Way We Were, Out of Africa, The Firm) and co-written for the screen by Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather trilogy), This Property Is Condemned sizzles with unbridled passion and fiery emotion.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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64%
  • Reviews Counted: 14
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 5.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Under Sydney Pollack's direction, they are all acting seamy sterotypes. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Derived from a Tennessee Williams one-acter, the production is adult without being sensational, touching without being maudlin. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: 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. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, May 26, 2008

Fresh: 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. – Film4, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Anything with Robert Redford (sigh) is good!!!

I think that it's captivating and intruiging. Plus, Robert Redford is in it!!!! Come on, what mor can you ask for!

Almost 5 stars..

This movie is very worth buying, the cast is great esp. Redford & Kate Reid ,she should have at least been nominated for an oscar...
My only problem is the ending, it feels cut off and leaves the viewer hanging for a better ending.

Just a Gem

What a joy to watch! A classic that is so under rated! Love Natalie Wood!