Directed by Sydney Pollack • 1966 • United States
Starring Natalie Wood, Robert Redford, Charles Bronson
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 employees of the local rail yard. 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 and cowritten for the screen by Francis Ford Coppola, THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED sizzles with unbridled passion and fiery emotion.