Wild River

Wild River

Director: Elia Kazan

Cast: Elia Kazan, Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Jo Van Fleet

     
 

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Filmed on location in the Tennessee Valley, Wild River is set in the early 1930s. Montgomery Clift plays an idealistic TVA agent, assigned to convince the locals to move from their property so that a beneficial dam can be built. The principal holdout is feisty octogenarian Jo Van Fleet, who refuses to budge from her land, convinced that she will die if she everSee more details below

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Filmed on location in the Tennessee Valley, Wild River is set in the early 1930s. Montgomery Clift plays an idealistic TVA agent, assigned to convince the locals to move from their property so that a beneficial dam can be built. The principal holdout is feisty octogenarian Jo Van Fleet, who refuses to budge from her land, convinced that she will die if she ever gives an inch. Her prophecy turns out to be true, as Van Fleet becomes yet another sacrifice to progress. Clift also runs into opposition because of his fair treatment of the local black population. Lee Remick costars as Van Fleet's granddaughter, who comes to love and understand the sensitive Clift. Some dated fuzzy-headed liberalism aside, Wild River is a masterful recreation of a difficult, complex period in American history. Watch for an uncredited Bruce Dern in his film debut.

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Elia Kazan became a pariah for fingering supposed Communist sympathizers in the entertainment world during the HUAC hearings of the 1950s. But Kazan, himself a former leftist admirer of socialism, made many films which were powerfully liberal. One notable example is The Wild River, the 1960 story of an old woman who refuses to give up her property to the U.S. government's Tennessee Valley Authority in the 1930s. Montgomery Clift plays the government's chief dam ambassador, who runs into a stone wall in the form of Jo Van Fleet, whose performance is riveting. As a historical drama, The Wild River is authentic, if melodramatic, but Lee Remick's role as the holdout's granddaughter, who falls for Clift, is a typically old-fashioned Hollywood tangent.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2013
UPC:
0024543838708
Original Release:
1960
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
37,377

Special Features

Commentary by Film Historian Richard Schickel; Original theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Montgomery Clift Chuck Glover
Lee Remick Carol Garih
Jo Van Fleet Ella Garth
Albert Salmi Hank Bailey
Jay C. Flippen Hamilton Garth
Barbara Loden Betty Jackson
James Westerfield Cal Garth
Frank Overton Walter Clark
Malcolm Atterbury Sy Moore
Robert Earl Jones Ben
Bruce Dern Jack Roper
Big Jeff Bess Joe John Garth
Pat Hingle Narrator
Judy Harris Barbara Baldwin
Alfred E. Smith Thompson

Technical Credits
Elia Kazan Director,Producer
Herman A. Blumenthal Art Director
Ellsworth Fredericks Cinematographer
Eugene Grossman Sound/Sound Designer
Kenyon Hopkins Score Composer
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph Kish Set Decoration/Design
Charles H. Maguire Asst. Director
Ben Nye Makeup
Paul Osborn Screenwriter
William H. Reynolds Editor
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Richard Vorisek Sound/Sound Designer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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