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Wild River (1960)

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 »

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Drama | History | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Río salvaje See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although she is playing an octogenarian, Jo Van Fleet was only 45 at the time. She was 16 years younger than Jay C. Flippen who plays her son. See more »

Goofs

When Chuck drives the black workers to their new TVA-built homes, a white car can be seen parked in the distance which appears to be a 1949 or 1950 Ford, but which in any case is plainly not a vehicle that would have existed in 1933, when the film is set. See more »

Quotes

Chuck Glover: Betty, what, uh... How would you go about getting her off the island?
Betty Jackson: [sternly] I'd let her drown.
Chuck Glover: Well, that's one way.
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Referenced in Montgomery Clift (1983) See more »

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Sung a cappella by Lee Remick
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A masterpiece of American cinema.
26 June 2005 | by l-john206See all my reviews

I found this little gem to be an exquisite piece of ensemble work by some of the best screen actors to ever to be in front of a lens. Elia Kazan impeccable direction and a performance by Jo Van Fleet that could be a learning tool for some of these putrid so-called actress that now are being lauded as the neo-contemporary actress's of the day. When you see a film of this artistic magnitude you can easily understand the dumbing down process of the American cinematic media. Not one of the so-called stars of today could measure up to Lee Remicks complex and sensitive portrayal of Carol in Wild River. Montgomery Clift an actors actor , there will never be another. A master of controlled raw emotion and body language. Gone are the days indeed when this kind of movie production will return. Not special effects or remake after loathsome remake or some equally obnoxious star or starlet will match this cinematic jewel.


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