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Millard Kaufman (screenplay)
Ross Lockridge Jr. (novel)
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Release Date:
20 December 1957 (USA) See more »
In The Great Tradition Of Civil War Romance
A graduating poet/teacher falls in love with a Southern woman, and then the Civil War and her past create problems. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Speak of Angels and Hear Their Wings See more (42 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Montgomery Clift ... John Wickliff Shawnessy

Elizabeth Taylor ... Susanna Drake Shawnessy

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ruth Attaway ... Parthenia (uncredited)

Oliver Blake ... Jake - Bartender (uncredited)
Nesdon Booth ... Spectator (uncredited)
Henry Brock ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Don Burnett ... Tom Conway (uncredited)
William Challee ... Spectator (uncredited)

Phil Chambers ... Starter (uncredited)
Isabel Cooley ... Soona - Susanna's Maid (uncredited)
Josephine Cummins ... Woman (uncredited)
Jack Daly ... Photographer (uncredited)

Michael Dante ... Jesse Gardner (uncredited)
Phyllis Douglas ... Girl (uncredited)
Michael Dugan ... Nat Franklin (uncredited)
John Eldredge ... Cousin Sam (uncredited)
Robert Foulk ... Pantomimist (uncredited)
Sue George ... Girl (uncredited)
Dorothy Granger ... Madame Gaubert (uncredited)

James Griffith ... Mr. Gray's Searching Companion (uncredited)
Myrna Hansen ... Lydia Grey (uncredited)
Stacy Harris ... Union Lieutenant (uncredited)
Rosalind Hayes ... Bessie (uncredited)
Judi Jordan ... Girl (uncredited)
Frank Kreig ... Spectator (uncredited)
Janet Lake ... Girl (uncredited)
Luana Lee ... Girl (uncredited)
Donald Losby ... Jim Shawnessy - Age 2 (uncredited)
Mickey Maga ... Jim Shawnessy - Age 4 (uncredited)
Owen McGiveney ... Blind Man (uncredited)
Gardner McKay ... Bearded Soldier (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Bummer - Union Soldier (uncredited)

Burt Mustin ... Old Gent with 'Flash' (uncredited)
Milicent Patrick ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Christopher Riordan ... Spectator / Union Soldier (uncredited)
Eileen Stevens ... Miss Roman (uncredited)
Robert Stevenson ... Spectator (uncredited)
Bill Walker ... Old George (uncredited)
Charles Watts ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Dmytryk 
Writing credits
Millard Kaufman (screenplay)

Ross Lockridge Jr. (novel "Raintree County")

Produced by
Millard Kaufman .... associate producer
David Lewis .... producer
Thomas D. Tannenbaum .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Johnny Green 
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John D. Dunning  (as John Dunning)
Art Direction by
William A. Horning 
Urie McCleary 
Set Decoration by
Hugh Hunt 
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
Production Management
Edward Woehler .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ridgeway Callow .... assistant director
Hank Moonjean .... assistant director (uncredited)
Carl 'Major' Roup .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Matty Azzarone .... construction (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Lowell Kinsall .... sound (uncredited)
Burdick S. Trask .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Dale Deverman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Fred J. Koenekamp .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
Music Department
Victor Arno .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Georgie Auld .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Alexander Courage .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Fields .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Johnny Green .... conductor (uncredited)
Bronislau Kaper .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Max Rabinowitz .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Milton Raskin .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Albert Sendrey .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Albert Sendrey .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Si Zentner .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Other crew
Vi Wilmont .... production secretary
Grace Dubray .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Marguerite Lamkin .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Alex Romero .... choreographer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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USA:168 min (original version) | 188 min (Turner Library Print) | Australia:160 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)
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Did You Know?

Of the many films produced in the very wide aspect-ratio of 2.55:1 from 1953 to 1957, this was the last released at that aspect-ratio; after this, an optional mono soundtrack was added to many films made in stereo, reducing the aspect ratio on them to 2.35:1. However, Ben-Hur (1959), also filmed in Camera 65, was the first film in that process to be released with an aspect ratio of 2.76:1. When MGM filmed "Raintree County" in Camera 65, they were forced out of necessity to release it in the CinemaScope aspect ratio rather than the correct Camera 65 one.See more »
Anachronisms: While celebrating Lincoln's election in 1860, the band can be heard playing "Rally Round the Flag". This song was not penned until 1862 by George F. Root.See more »
Prof. Jerusalem Webster Stiles:[Referring to the fact that Mr. Gray, an old man, has managed to marry Lydia, a beautiful young woman] How in the entire realm of plausibility did that chilly January win such a blithesome May?See more »
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Speak of Angels and Hear Their Wings, 21 February 2009
Author: wes-connors from Earth

Idealistic Montgomery Clift (as John Shawnessy) is distracted by buxom Southern belle Elizabeth Taylor (as Susanna Drake), and marries her instead of pretty sweetheart Eva Marie Saint (as Nell Gaither). Life with Ms. Taylor proves to be a cursed existence, so Mr. Clift takes refuge as a Union soldier, after the United States Civil War breaks out. Of course, Clift is on the winning side of the war - but, his personal search for happiness, in an Eden called "Raintree County", is a more difficult path to manage...

Clearly, MGM was hoping for something approaching "Gone with the Wind" - and, they failed. However, "Raintree County" is not so bad, when viewed without the comparative eye. The big budget production values are beautiful; the obvious expense, and the cast, helps maintain interest in the relatively weak storyline. And, it does get better, as the starring triad (Clift, Taylor, and Saint) slowly draw you into their lives. Viewing will require some degree of commitment, though; it's a long movie.

Early in the filming, Clift left a visit with friends at Taylor's home, and drove his car into a telephone pole. He nearly died, and his facial "reconstruction" is obvious throughout most of "Raintree County". Clift's performance is uneven, also - but, he was too good an actor to be completely derailed. And, Clift is better than you might have heard. Also, he, does not look as bad as many have claimed. The eventual toll on his "looks" was mainly taken by a growing dependence on alcohol and painkillers.

Taylor, who is credited with saving Clift's life, shows some of the sparkle that would quickly make her one of the best actresses in the business, especially during the film's second half. Nigel Patrick, Lee Marvin, Rod Taylor, and Agnes Moorehead head up a strong supporting cast. Robert Surtees' savory cinematography is noteworthy. And, Nat King Cole sings the Johnny Green title song, a minor hit, very sweetly.

****** Raintree County (10/4/57) Edward Dmytryk ~ Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Eva Marie Saint

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