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Wild River (1960)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | May 1960 (USA)
A TVA bureaucrat comes to the river to do what none of his predecessors have been able to do - evict a stubborn octogenarian from her island before the rising waters engulf her.

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A young field administrator for the TVA comes to rural Tennessee to oversee the building of a dam on the Tennessee River. He encounters opposition from the local people, in particular a farmer who objects to his employment (with pay) of local black laborers. Much of the plot revolves around the eviction of an elderly woman from her home on an island in the River, and the young man's love affair with that woman's widowed granddaughter. Written by Sam Neff <samn@yang.earlham.edu>

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The Wild Language...The Wild Hungers...The Wild Furies!

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Film debut of Bruce Dern. See more »

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When Chuck & Carol stop for gas, a torn movie poster is prominently displayed on the wall of the station. Although the title and the name of the players have been ripped off, it's quite obviously Tomorrow Is Forever with the images of its three stars, Claudette Colbert, George Brent, and Orson Welles, easily identifiable; this film was not actually produced until 12 years later, in 1945, and released in 1946. See more »

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Chuck Glover: [to Carol] Marry me?
[Carol says nothing]
Chuck Glover: I know I'll probably regret it, and I'm sure you'll regret it... but... get your hat, and a coat, wash up. Alright?
[Carol nods yes]
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In the Garden
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Written by Austin Miles
Sung by Lee Remick
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Lee Remick as Carol Grath
18 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When a movie character evoke the kind of feelings and emotion thought only capable in real life you can't help but wonder. Yet as a young man I literally fell in love with Carol Garth Baldwin in Eli Kazan's Wild River. Obviously you can't help but be attracted to the beautiful Lee Remick yet it is her portrayal of a 23 year old widowed mother of two and the backdrop of an obscure little Tennessee town that sets the stage for one of the true loves of my life. Jack Palance's character in City Slickers refers to a women he saw only once at a distance as being the love of his life. To this I can relate. Remick would go on and do some notable work in the years that followed this 1960 production and sadly die much to young of cancer at age 55. Yet what she and Kazan were able to do with this story and character will always hold a place in my heart. See Wild River, look into Carol's eyes and smell the cool damp October air in her hair. For me it will always be hauntingly magical.


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