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Great Actor-Director duos -- A list of films done by Sydney Pollack and Robert Redford

Great Actor-Director duos

Some of Hollywood's best movies have been turned out by great actor-director duos: John Wayne and John Ford; Jack Lemmon and Billy Wilder; Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese. This week, another popular team, Robert Redford and Sydney Pollack, unveil their seventh collaboration. Though it's too early to tell whether Havana will roll a lucky seven, their past projects have been met with good reviews, healthy box-office figures, 19 Academy Award nominations, and 9 Oscars — including 7 for Out of Africa.

This Property Is Condemned (1966)
A Depression-era soap opera with Redford and Natalie Wood in a doomed love affair. James Wong Howe's cinematography is impressive in this otherwise overwrought potboiler. C+

Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
A rugged Western adventure featuring Redford as a legendary mountain man. Pollack culls a strong-silent-type performance from his star and captures the splendor of the Rocky Mountains. B+

The Way We Were (1973)
Redford and costar Barbra Streisand are the definition of screen chemistry in Pollack's nostalgic love story. B+

Three Days of the Condor (1975)
The director pumps up the paranoia for this thriller about a CIA researcher investigating the murder of his coworkers. A-

The Electric Horseman (1979)
A down-and-out rodeo cowboy (Redford) falls for an investigative reporter (Jane Fonda) in this feisty throwback to Tracy-Hepburn-style, romantic tug-of-wars. B-

Out of Africa (1985)
Redford is an enigmatic hunter involved with writer Isak Dinesen (Meryl Streep) in this beautifully filmed epic. A

Originally posted Dec 21, 1990 Published in issue #45 Dec 21, 1990 Order article reprints