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This Property Is Condemned
Sydney Pollack's tawdry potboiler, adapted from a one-act play by Tennessee Williams, was rife with production problems, culminating in Williams' failed attempt to have his name removed from the credits. The story is set by a framing device as thirteen-year-old Willie Starr (Mary Badham) sits on an abandoned railroad track with her friend Tom (Jon Provost) and relates the tale of her deceased older sister Alva (Natalie Wood). Alva is a beautiful woman living in a small Mississippi town in the 1930s with her manipulative mother Hazel (Kate Reid), the owner of a boarding house. Hazel… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Derived from a Tennessee Williams one-acter, the production is adult without being sensational, touching without being maudlin."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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
"For megafans of its leads only."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Considering the wealth of talent that participated in this Tennessee Williams adaptation, the results are disappointing in the extreme."
‑ , Time Out
"The script is riddled with obvious problems, but the acting is top-notch."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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
"Under Sydney Pollack's direction, they are all acting seamy sterotypes."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Pretty controversial in its time; see it for Redford and Wood."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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