A graduating poet/teacher falls in love with a Southern woman, and then the Civil War and her past create problems.

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Orville 'Flash' Perkins
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Garwood B. Jones
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Ellen Shawnessy
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T.D. Shawnessy
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Barbara Drake
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Bobby Drake
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Ezra Gray
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Niles Foster
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It's the mid-nineteenth century in Freehaven, Raintree County, Indiana. John Shawnessy has just graduated from high school at the top of his class, with a promising career as a writer. He is a romantic, principled, and an idealist, believing the story of the golden raintree - after which the county is named - growing somewhere, most likely in the county's swamp area, searching for and locating it which would provide all the answers to one's life questions. An idea passed down from his father, John also has a strong sense of place as belonging, and as such there is much anticipation in the probable marriage between John and his sweetheart Nell Gaither, a born and bred Raintree girl. However, there is an undeniable mutual attraction on first sight between John and Susanna Drake, a visiting southern belle. Despite Susanna's temporary stay in Raintree County which means that she and John may not have a future, they eventually do marry out of circumstance, leaving behind a heartbroken Nell... Written by Huggo

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In The Great Tradition Of Civil War Romance

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Drama | Romance | War | Western

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20 December 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El árbol de la vida  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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(original) | (Turner Library Print)

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(Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Finnish censorship visas: 1) theatrical visa delivered on 18-3-1988. 2) visa # T-49650 delivered on 27-9-1995 (video). See more »

Goofs

At the party celebrating Lincoln's election, a guest smears charcoal on some of his face. In the next shot, his face is almost entirely black. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Jerusalem Webster Stiles: [Narrating] May the 16th, 1864. Resaca, Georgia. Another day of dramatic corpse-making.
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Referenced in Voice of the Camera (2003) See more »

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The Battle Hymn of The Republic
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Music by William Steffe and lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
(written on 18-11-1861)
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Not nearly as bad as has been said over the years
15 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have always loved this film, mainly because of the hauntingly beautiful score by Johnny Green. For too long "Raintree County" has been compared with "Gone with the Wind". The whole story and concept is very different. I agree with another poster here that Liz Taylor is marvelous in this, playing out her mental illness. How very sad that Monty Clift died so young. There was so much potential in him for older male roles of character years later. Maybe there will be a time when gay actors won't live quiet lives of desperate misery in fear of losing their careers. Also I think the cinematography is quite rich. Perhaps the late MGM work is not all that great but this one is hardly as terrible as so many film critics and historians have told us over the years since it was made in 1957.


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