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This Property Is Condemned
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Title: This Property Is Condemned
Year: 1966
Director: Sydney Pollack
Rating: NR
Length: 110 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: Mono
Subtitles: English

Natalie Wood
Robert Redford
Charles Bronson
Kate Reid
Mary Badham

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.

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Closed Captioned

My Thoughts:
Take the writing of Tennessee Williams, screenplay of Francis Ford Coppola and direction of Sydney Pollack and throw in the acting (and beauty) of Natalie Wood and Robert Redford and you cannot expect anything but an outstanding film.  This poignant story of a starry-eyed flirtatious dreamer from backwoods Dodson, MS (Wood) and a cynical railroad man (Redford) from sophisticated and exciting New Orleans is a study in stark contrasts and the realities of the human condition; from manipulating mother to lonely married man with an invalid wife to the desperation of men losing their jobs in desperate times.  Excellent film in all respects!
What a shame the beauty of one such as Natalie Wood was lost to us at such an early age.  She was one beautiful young lady!