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Wild River

  • Drama
  • 1960
  • Elia Kazan
  • 105 mins
  • A

Summary

An idealistic government official is assigned the near-impossible task of persuading a stubborn old woman to move from her riverside home, which is under threat from flooding. However, she is convinced that giving up the battle will spell her doom - something she's not prepared to risk. Drama, starring Montgomery Clift, Jo Van Fleet and Lee Remick.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a commercial failure for Elia Kazan, one of the key directors of postwar American cinema. But today this study of an old woman's intransigence when faced by the Tennessee Valley Authority's need to buy up her property in order to build a dam proves to be an intelligent and moving film. Montgomery Clift gives a superbly tender performance in one of his last and most tortured roles, and Lee Remick is touching as his confidante. There's also a sharply etched portrait by Jo Van Fleet (East of Eden) in the role of the old woman, and watch out, too, for Bruce Dern in his movie debut.

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Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Language
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

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Chuck GloverMontgomery Clift
Carol BaldwinLee Remick
Ella GarthJo Van Fleet
FJ BaileyAlbert Salmi
Hamilton GarthJay C Flippen
Cal GarthJames Westerfield
Joe John GarthBig Jeff Bess
BenRobert Earl Jones
Walter ClarkFrank Overton
Betty JacksonBarbara Loden
Sy MooreMalcolm Atterbury
Jack RoperBruce Dern

Crew

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DirectorElia Kazan
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