Raintree County

Raintree County

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Director: Edward Dmytryk

Cast: Edward Dmytryk, Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Eva Marie Saint

     
 

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Conceived as a Gone With the Wind for the CinemaScope generation, Raintree County wasn't quite as successful as its role model, but it still proved a moneyspinner for MGM. Elizabeth Taylor stars as a spoiled Southern belle who falls in love with pacifistic Indiana youth Montgomery Clift. Though Clift is engaged to Eva Marie Saint, what Taylor wants,

Overview

Conceived as a Gone With the Wind for the CinemaScope generation, Raintree County wasn't quite as successful as its role model, but it still proved a moneyspinner for MGM. Elizabeth Taylor stars as a spoiled Southern belle who falls in love with pacifistic Indiana youth Montgomery Clift. Though Clift is engaged to Eva Marie Saint, what Taylor wants, Taylor gets, and she isn't above using the dirtiest of deceptions to win Clift's affections. When the Civil War break out, Clift, a staunch abolitionist, joins the Union, much to the dismay of true-to-Dixie Taylor. While Clift is off fighting the war, Taylor descends into a depression that deepens into insanity. At war's end, Clift tries to come to terms with Taylor's lunacy for the sake of their child. But the strain proves too much for both of them, leading to an operatic climax which curiously segues into a happy ending (happy for some of the characters, anyway). If Montgomery Clift's performance--and appearance--seems to fluctuate wildly throughout the film, it is because he was involved in a serious auto accident during shooting, one that left both physical and emotional scars from which he never completely recovered. The 187-minute Raintree Country (reduced to 168 minutes after its initial roadshow engagements) was adapted by Millard Kaufman from the best-selling novel by Ross Lockridge, Jr. (whose own life story was infinitely more tragic than anything in his book).

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2007
UPC:
4897007031122
Original Release:
1957
Rating:
NR
Source:
Castaway Pictures
Region Code:
0
Time:
2:48:00
Sales rank:
1,358

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Montgomery Clift John Wickliff Shawnessy
Elizabeth Taylor Susanna Drake
Eva Marie Saint Nell Gaither
Nigel Patrick Prof. Jerusalem Webster Stiles
Lee Marvin Orville "Flash" Perkins
Rod Taylor Garwood B. Jones
Agnes Moorehead Ellen Shawnessy
Walter Abel T.D. Shawnessy
Jarma Lewis Barbara Drake
Tom Drake Bobby Drake
Rhys Williams Ezra Gray
Russell Collins Niles Foster
DeForest Kelley Southern Officer
Ruth Attaway Parthenia
Oliver Blake Jake the Bartender
Nesdon Booth Actor
Don Burnett Tom Conway
William Challee Actor
Phil Chambers Starter
Jack Daly Photographer
Michael Dugan Nat Franklin
John Eldredge Cousin Sam
Robert Forrest Spectator
Robert Foulk Pantomimist in Blackface
James Griffith Man with Gun
Myrna Hansen Lydia Gray
Stacy Harris Union Lieutenant
Rosalind Hayes Bessie
Frank Kreig Actor
Luana Lee Actor
Donald Losby Jim Shawnessy at Age 2 1/2
Mickey Maga Jim Shawnessy at Age 4
Owen McGiveney Blind Man
Gardner McKay Bearded Soldier
Burt Mustin Granpa Peters
Bill Walker Old Negro Man
Charles Watts Party Guest
Michael Dante Jesse Gardner
Eileen Stevens Miss Roman
Janet Lake Actor
Phyllis Douglas Actor
Sue George Girls
Millicent Patrick Actor
Isabelle Cooley Soona
Dorothy Granger Mme. Gaubert

Technical Credits
Edward Dmytryk Director
David Lewis Producer
John D. Dunning Editor
Johnny Green Score Composer,Songwriter
Charles H. Hagedon Consultant/advisor
William Horning Art Director
Hugh Hunt Set Decoration/Design
Millard Kaufman Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Urie McCleary Art Director
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Paul Francis Webster Songwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Raintree County
1. The Raintree County [27:25]
2. Johnny Acquaints Susana [27:46]
3. The Married Couple to the South [28:04]
Disc #2 -- Raintree County
1. solidarity: Victory Lincoln [28:20]
2. America in Civil War [25:16]
3. Raintree in the Forest [28:46]

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Raintree County 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
JohnnyGA More than 1 year ago
This is horrible quality. The screen is cut off on the right-hand side. This DVD is the worst quality I have ever seen - I tried to give this ZERO stars, but B&N forced me to give it at least 1 star.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a pretty good movie. A little to long and dramatic. I personally found Taylor's part a little boring. The parts during the Civil War (when the main characters in the war) are good though. The part of the southern officer, Deforest Kelley (Star Trek's Dr.McCoy) is a funny and cute character. I didn't see the whole movie so I gave it a 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The disc did not arrive as I was lead to believe it would when the order was placed. The disc was flawed and had to be returned. Returned to local store(twice) in order to get a disc that would allow me to complete the movie. Very helpful at the Lexington,KY store.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago