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Wild River (1960)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | May 1960 (USA)
A TVA bureaucrat comes to the river to do what none of his predecessors have been able to do - evict a stubborn octogenarian from her island before the rising waters engulf her.

Director:

Elia Kazan

Writers:

Paul Osborn (screenplay), William Bradford Huie (based on novels by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Montgomery Clift ... Chuck Glover
Lee Remick ... Carol Garth Baldwin
Jo Van Fleet ... Ella Garth
Albert Salmi ... Hank Bailey
Jay C. Flippen ... Hamilton Garth (as J.C. Flippen)
James Westerfield ... Cal Garth
Barbara Loden ... Betty Jackson
Frank Overton ... Walter Clark
Malcolm Atterbury ... Sy Moore
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Storyline

A young field administrator for the TVA comes to rural Tennessee to oversee the building of a dam on the Tennessee River. He encounters opposition from the local people, in particular a farmer who objects to his employment (with pay) of local black laborers. Much of the plot revolves around the eviction of an elderly woman from her home on an island in the River, and the young man's love affair with that woman's widowed granddaughter. Written by Sam Neff <samn@yang.earlham.edu>

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As surely as the river rises, it had to happen... See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Woman and the Wild River See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,595,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In 2002, the Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry. See more »

Goofs

Chuck's TVA automobile is a 1937 Chevrolet sedan, but the movie takes place in 1933. See more »

Quotes

Carol Garth Baldwin: [to Chuck] I'm leaving here, with you or without you, but I want you to know something... I'd be a good wife for you. A DAMN good wife. I'm smarter than you in some ways and I know what's good about you and I know what's bad and I'm not afraid to tell you... I have two children who love you. They love you and I love you... and you're not easy to love, but you do need someone... and I love you. I love you, I love you.
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Connections

Referenced in Montgomery Clift (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

He Walks with Me
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Sung a cappella by Lee Remick
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The wildness of nature meets the discipline of art.
28 May 2003 | by gregcoutureSee all my reviews

Once again I endured American Movie Classics' merciless mangling of one of their rarely shown archival masterpieces, "Wild River," shown non-letterboxed, interrupted excessively by endless strings of commercials and their completely unpalatable promotions for showings of future films and special programs. I've complained about this in other IMDb comments I've posted so I won't give into the almost irresistible temptation to rail against AMC once more. That said...

This film contains one of the all-time greatest performances by an American actress that it is possible to see. Jo Van Fleet is so convincing as the intransigent matriarch, who refuses to leave her island, that the injustice of her not receiving an Academy Award nomination for her performance still rankles. Perhaps the members of the Academy could not decide to grant her a nomination as the lead actress or as an actress in a supporting role and muffed the chance to show their admiration. Other comments here aptly point out all of the other outstanding elements in this film and the pain of seeing it so diminished in this TV broadcast (I did see it during its theatrical release, but had forgotten how eloquently most of it was done.) was, nevertheless, worthwhile. I join others who have expressed a desire for a DVD release (where the CinemaScope ratio would be approximated, we can hope.) Wish we could persuade Fox Classics to see if the response to a video audience would exceed the neglect this film was subjected to during its first exposure to the paying public.


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