This Property Is Condemned
Role: Owen Legate
It’s Natalie Wood’s movie, of course — at age 28 she’d already been making films for more than two decades — but Redford, in only his fourth big-screen role, commands the screen in this film adaptation of a Tennessee Williams play. At first he plays it cool as a railroad executive who has arrived in a small town to lay off a bunch of workers. As he falls for the irresistible wiles of Wood’s emotionally fragile Alva, he slowly sheds his resistance. And when she breaks his heart — not once, but twice — his pain is palpable.