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Wild River (1960)

Approved  |   |  Drama, History, Romance  |  May 1960 (USA)
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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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Río salvaje  »

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For the role of Chuck, Elia Kazan's first choice was Marlon Brando. See more »

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At the beginning of the film Chuck comes to town on a Greyhound bus. The bus is a late 40's early 50's model bus. Much larger then the buses used in 1934. See more »

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Carol Garth Baldwin: When you go... take me with you. One day soon, you're gonna come to me and say, "Carol, I have to go." There won't be time to talk or to think of anything. And there'll be a car waitin', and then a plane, and you'll say "Carol, honey, I have to go..." Isn't that right?
Chuck Glover: [Softly] Yes, that is right.
Carol Garth Baldwin: [Pleading] Take me with you.
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In The Pines
Author Unknown/Southern Appalachian Origin
Sung by Big Jeff Hess (Joe John Garth)
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Untilled, or discovered Kazan with heart-breaking Lee Remick and Damaged and Brilliant M. Clift!
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A touching unknown Kazan film ('60) that delves into the American psyche like Welles did in Touch of Evil ('58)..kind of. The plot is too basic and pure to explain, but it's not. This is also Bruce Dern's first film and possibly Rip Torn's. Monty Clift is (post-accident) still a brilliant actor (with half a shattered face for 10 years) who conveys the ambiguity of job-man to this lovely, young mother (Lee Remick) who was not even nominated for an Oscar, and it's down Alice's Rabbit Hole with Jo Van Fleet (OScar winner in previous Kazan film playing much older than she really was..again..like actors should be able to do in famous Hollywood films) decrepit, sane, just and bigoted ...all in the same paragraph (while sitting in a rockintg chair) with mud, dogs, Negroes, corruption, and the Tennessee commission.

A wonderful film. An 8 out of 10. Best performance = Lee Remick. There are other gliding Southern performances that grace the Magnolia trees, gator bait, and overalls that we have all come to love in an artistic, American way. Find this one!


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