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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 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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Natalie Wood Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1966 Nominee


Natalie Wood
as Alva Starr
Robert Redford
as Owen Legate
Charles Bronson
as J.J. Nichols
Kate Reid
as Hazel Starr
Mary Badham
as Willie Starr
Alan Baxter
as Knopke
Dabney Coleman
as Salesman
Ray Hemphill
as Jimmy Bell
Brett Pearson
as Charlie Steinkamp
Jon Provost
as Tom
Quentin Sondergaard
as Hank
Robert Blake
as Sidney
Bob Random
as Tiny
Mike Steen
as Max
Robert Blake
as Sidney
Mike Steen
as Max
Bob Random
as Tiny


Sydney Pollack
John Houseman
Francis Ford Coppola
Fred Coe
Tennessee Williams
Play Author
James Wong Howe
Jay Livingston
Kenyon Hopkins
Composer (Music Score)
Hal Pereira
Art Director
Stephen B. Grimes
Art Director
William Kiernan
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Ann Landers
Costume Designer
Eddie Saeta
First Assistant Director
Clarence Eurist
Production Manager
Garrett Morris
Wally Westmore