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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 ...
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Overview

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 wants Alva to marry the well to do Mr. Johnson John Harding, but Alva has fallen in love with a good-looking stranger from New Orleans, Owen Legate Robert Redford, who is in Mississippi to lay off railroad workers. Hazel is opposed to their love affair and when Owen is beaten to a pulp by a gang of workers, he decides to leave town and take Alva with him. But Hazel fools Owen into thinking Alva is engaged to Mr. Johnson. In retaliation, Alva marries Hazel's loutish lover J.J. Charles Bronson. The next day, she abandons J.J. to meet Owen in New Orleans. Her mother, incensed at Alva's betrayal, sets out to ruin her daughter's reputation by exposing her marriage to J.J. to the world.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2013
  • UPC: 883316885772
  • Original Release: 1966
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  • Source: Paramount (Pmt)
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,017

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Natalie Wood Alva Starr
Robert Redford Owen Legate
Charles Bronson J.J. Nichols
Kate Reid Hazel Starr
Mary Badham Willie Starr
Alan Baxter Knopke
John Harding Johnson
Dabney Coleman Salesman
Ray Hemphill Jimmy Bell
Brett Pearson Charlie Steinkamp
Jon Provost Tom
Quentin Sondergaard Hank
Bruce Watson Lindsay Tate
Nick Stuart Railroad Conductor
Robert Blake Sidney
Bob Random Tiny
Mike Steen Max
Ralph Roberts boarding house tenant
Technical Credits
Sydney Pollack Director
Ed Butterworth Makeup
Fred Coe Screenwriter
Francis Ford Coppola Screenwriter
Clarence Eurist Production Manager
Ray Evans Songwriter
Adrienne Fazan Editor
Stephen B. Grimes Art Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Kenyon Hopkins Score Composer
John Houseman Producer
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Philip M. Jefferies Art Director
William Kiernan Set Decoration/Design
Ann Landers Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul K. Lerpae Special Effects
Jay Livingston Songwriter
Garrett Morris Makeup
Hal Pereira Art Director
Eddie Saeta Asst. Director
Edith R. Sommer Screenwriter
Wally Westmore Makeup
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