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Paul Osborn (screenplay)
William Bradford Huie (based on novels by) ...
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Release Date:
May 1960 (USA) See more »
A young field administrator for the TVA comes to rural Tennessee to oversee the building of a dam on the Tennessee River... See more » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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The wildness of nature meets the discipline of art. See more (34 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Montgomery Clift ... Chuck Glover

Lee Remick ... Carol Garth Baldwin

Jo Van Fleet ... Ella Garth

Albert Salmi ... Hank Bailey

Jay C. Flippen ... Hamilton Garth (as J.C. Flippen)
James Westerfield ... Cal Garth
Barbara Loden ... Betty Jackson

Frank Overton ... Walter Clark

Malcolm Atterbury ... Sy Moore
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Anthony ... Night Clerk (uncredited)
Ross Apperson ... Attorney Armstrong (uncredited)
Big Jeff Bess ... Joe John Garth (uncredited)
James Campbell ... Small Role (uncredited)
Donna Carnegie ... Small Role (uncredited)

Bruce Dern ... Jack Roper (uncredited)
Mike Dodd ... Sheriff Hogue (uncredited)
John Dudley ... Todd (uncredited)
David Ferrell ... Small Role (uncredited)
James Hampton ... Small Role (uncredited)
Judy Harris ... Barbara Baldwin (uncredited)

Pat Hingle ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Robert Earl Jones ... Sam Johnson (uncredited)
Jim Menard ... Jim Baldwin Jr. (uncredited)
Mark Menson ... Winters (uncredited)
Patricia Perry ... Mattie (uncredited)
Alfred E. Smith ... Thompson (uncredited)
Edna Snapp ... Wife of Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Jim Steakley ... Mayor Tom Maynard (uncredited)
Earl Williamson ... Small Role (uncredited)
C.C.L. Wray ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
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Directed by
Elia Kazan 
Writing credits
Paul Osborn (screenplay)

William Bradford Huie (based on novels by) and
Borden Deal (based on novels by)

Produced by
Elia Kazan .... producer
Original Music by
Kenyon Hopkins (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Ellsworth Fredericks (director of photography) (as Ellsworth Fredricks)
Film Editing by
William Reynolds (film editor)
Art Direction by
Herman A. Blumenthal 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles H. Maguire .... assistant director (as Charles Maguire)
Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Dick Vorisek .... sound (as Richard Vorisek)
Camera and Electrical Department
Clyde Taylor .... gaffer (uncredited)
Haskell Wexler .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
Music Department
Kenyon Hopkins .... conductor
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110 min | Argentina:112 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) | 4-Track Stereo
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-12 | Germany:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2004) | USA:Approved (certificate #19552)
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Lee Remick picked out two local Charleston kids to play her children. She chose the little girl because she looked like Lee at age 7. She chose the little boy because he loved hugging and kissing Lee.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The last part of the movie shows Fontana Dam. For some reason this picture has been reversed - the observation area is actually on the right of the dam not the left (creek side of dam). Also the last picture is not this dam. Fontana Dam is built straight where the last dam is curved. The curved dam is Calderwood Dam, the 2nd dam down the Little Tennessee River from Fontana Dam.See more »
Carol Garth Baldwin:[to Chuck] I'm leaving here, with you or without you, but I want you to know something... I'd be a good wife for you. A DAMN good wife. I'm smarter than you in some ways and I know what's good about you and I know what's bad and I'm not afraid to tell you... I have two children who love you. They love you and I love you... and you're not easy to love, but you do need someone... and I love you. I love you, I love you.See more »
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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
The wildness of nature meets the discipline of art., 28 May 2003
Author: Greg Couture from Portland, Oregon

Once again I endured American Movie Classics' merciless mangling of one of their rarely shown archival masterpieces, "Wild River," shown non-letterboxed, interrupted excessively by endless strings of commercials and their completely unpalatable promotions for showings of future films and special programs. I've complained about this in other IMDb comments I've posted so I won't give into the almost irresistible temptation to rail against AMC once more. That said...

This film contains one of the all-time greatest performances by an American actress that it is possible to see. Jo Van Fleet is so convincing as the intransigent matriarch, who refuses to leave her island, that the injustice of her not receiving an Academy Award nomination for her performance still rankles. Perhaps the members of the Academy could not decide to grant her a nomination as the lead actress or as an actress in a supporting role and muffed the chance to show their admiration. Other comments here aptly point out all of the other outstanding elements in this film and the pain of seeing it so diminished in this TV broadcast (I did see it during its theatrical release, but had forgotten how eloquently most of it was done.) was, nevertheless, worthwhile. I join others who have expressed a desire for a DVD release (where the CinemaScope ratio would be approximated, we can hope.) Wish we could persuade Fox Classics to see if the response to a video audience would exceed the neglect this film was subjected to during its first exposure to the paying public.

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