A railroad official, Owen Legate, comes to Dodson, Mississippi to shut down its railway (the town’s main income). Owen unexpectedly finds love with Dodson’s flirt and main attraction, Alva Starr. Alva and Owen then try to escape Alva’s mother’s clutches and the town’s revenge.
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Decent love drama enhanced by intriguingly subtle chemistry between two good looking protagonists. Entire casting, actually, is spot-on, even Bronson in his five lines part. Underneath, a typically 60's cry about the demise of the West done in a more classical way then was thought contemporary at the time.
I guess Tennessee Williams didn't like how this turned out on the big screen. So he made sure his name wasn't associated with it. Aside from that, I enjoyed this film because Wood and Redford went well together. The characters were well-developed too. Touching as being told by a child that grew up too fast.
I'm a huge Natalie Wood fan. Absolutely loved her when I was a kid, and she RULES this film. She had such presence. I wept at the end of this - it was so unfair that she was dead (I was too young to understand what was transpiring on the screen.) Subsequent viewings over the years have answered the many uncomfortable questions I would bug my parents with. It was a common occurrence that drove my parents nuts.
Hormis la présence de Natalie Wood et Robert Redford, on ne retient pas grand chose de ce mélodrame , qui se voulaient certainement une critique de la pauvreté et de l'exode rural dans le sud américain .