It's the mid nineteenth century in Freehaven, Raintree County, Indiana. John Wickliff Shawnessy (Montgomery Clift) 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 (Eva Marie Saint), a born and bred Raintree girl. However, there is an undeniable mutual attraction on first sight between John and Susanna Drake (Dame Elizabeth Taylor), a visiting southern belle. Despite Susanna's temporary stay in Raintree County which means that she and John may not have a future, they ...Written by
Passed by the British Board of Film Censors on 11 February 1958 with an "A" certificate (suitable for children if accompanied by an adult) and premiered at the Empire, Leicester Square on 2 June 1958 where it ran three-and-a-half weeks, considerably less than the second Camera 65 film Ben-Hur (1959) which ran at the Empire for 76 weeks. M-G-M than moved Raintree County to their smaller cinema next door, the Ritz, on 24 July 1958 where it ran a further 7 weeks. The film went on general release at normal prices on Sunday, 7 September 1958. See more »
After Lincoln wins the election, John and Nell say good night in front of John's house. The same wagon with the same people in it pass by them twice in the background. See more »
The longer Roadshow version was released on VHS by Warner, where it was labeled as Reconstructed Original Version. It has also been shown on Turner Classic Movies cable channel. This version contains nearly 15 minutes of additional material not found on the General Release Version. See more »
This is one bad movie and a waste of some great talent. The characters are totally unsympathetic. The story is dreary and plodding and plays like a soap opera whose characters we don't care about. After two hours of hoping it would get better I gave up. Life is too short to sit through junk. If you like Elizabeth Taylor or Montgomery Clift or Lee Marvin see anything else that they've done-it's bound to be better! Many `B' movies are more interesting and engrossing than this. There's only one reason to see this and that's to see what Liz would have looked like if she could have played Scarlett in Gone With the Wind. But that's still no excuse to waste three hours.
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