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Raintree County ()


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A student falls in love with a Southern belle, but their relationship is complicated by her troubled past and the on-set of the Civil War.

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John Wickliff Shawnessy
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Susanna Drake Shawnessy
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Nell Gaither
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Professor Jerusalem Webster Stiles
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Orville 'Flash' Perkins
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Garwood B. Jones
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Ellen Shawnessy
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T.D. Shawnessy
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Barbara Drake
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Bobby Drake
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Ezra Gray
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Niles Foster
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Southern Officer
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Parthenia (uncredited)
John Barton ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Jake - Bartender (uncredited)
Nesdon Booth ...
Spectator (uncredited)
George Boyce ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Henry Brock ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Tom Conway (uncredited)
Boyd Cabeen ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Spectator (uncredited)
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Starter (uncredited)
Robert Cole ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Soona - Susanna's Maid (uncredited)
Josephine Cummins ...
Woman (uncredited)
Jack Daly ...
Photographer (uncredited)
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Jesse Gardner (uncredited)
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Bartender (uncredited)
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Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Dan Dowling ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
Michael Dugan ...
Nat Franklin (uncredited)
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Cousin Sam (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
George Ford ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
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Pantomimist (uncredited)
Joel Friend ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Sue George ...
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
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Madame Gaubert (uncredited)
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Mr. Gray's Searching Companion (uncredited)
Myrna Hansen ...
Lydia Grey (uncredited)
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Union Lieutenant (uncredited)
Rosalind Hayes ...
Bessie (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Judi Jordan ...
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Frank Kreig ...
Spectator (uncredited)
Janet Lake ...
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Luana Lee ...
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Donald Losby ...
Jim Shawnessy - Age 2 (uncredited)
Mickey Maga ...
Jim Shawnessy - Age 4 (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Blind Man (uncredited)
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Bearded Soldier (uncredited)
Russell Meeker ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
Ralph Moratz ...
Spectator at footrace (uncredited)
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Old Gent with 'Flash' (uncredited)
Milicent Patrick ...
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Ray Pourchot ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Ford Raymond ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Prostitute (uncredited)
Christopher Riordan ...
Spectator at Footrace (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Rebel Soldier (uncredited)
Eileen Stevens ...
Miss Roman (uncredited)
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Spectator (uncredited)
Robert Strong ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Old George (uncredited)
Charles Watts ...
Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by

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Edward Dmytryk

Written by

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Millard Kaufman ... (screenplay)
 
Ross Lockridge Jr. ... (novel "Raintree County")

Produced by

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Millard Kaufman ... associate producer
David Lewis ... producer
Thomas D. Tannenbaum ... associate producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Johnny Green

Cinematography by

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Robert Surtees ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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John D. Dunning ... (as John Dunning)

Editorial Department

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Charles K. Hagedon ... color consultant

Art Direction by

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William A. Horning
Urie McCleary

Set Decoration by

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Hugh Hunt
Edwin B. Willis

Costume Design by

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Walter Plunkett

Makeup Department

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Sydney Guilaroff ... hair stylist
William Tuttle ... makeup creator

Production Management

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Edward Woehler ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ridgeway Callow ... assistant director
Hank Moonjean ... assistant director (uncredited)
Carl 'Major' Roup ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Matty Azzarone ... construction (uncredited)
Mentor Huebner ... production illustrator (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff ... painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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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

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Warren Newcombe ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Dale Deverman ... camera operator (uncredited)
Fred J. Koenekamp ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Charles Rosher Jr. ... film loader (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby ... special still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Location Management

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Eben Henson ... location assistant

Music Department

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Victor Arno ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Georgie Auld ... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Alexander Courage ... composer: additional music (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner ... composer: additional music (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
George Fields ... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn ... composer: additional music (uncredited) / 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) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Albert Sendrey ... composer: additional music (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury ... composer: additional music (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Si Zentner ... musician: trombone (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Grace Dubray ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Vi Wilmont ... production secretary
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer (uncredited)
Marguerite Lamkin ... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Alex Romero ... choreographer (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 eventually do marry out of circumstance, leaving behind a heartbroken Nell. As their relationship progresses, differences in their life outlooks mirroring the differences between the north and south start to emerge, and which are brought to the forefront, both personally and on a global level with the on-set of the American Civil War. Their relationship issues are also exacerbated by secrets, both facts and beliefs, Susanna is keeping about her family history, with her parents and her black nanny being killed in a mysterious house fire when Susanna was a child. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • L'arbre de vie (France)
  • El árbol de la vida (Spain)
  • Det gyldne træ (Denmark)
  • Ţinutul Raintree (Romania)
  • Hayat Ağacı (Turkey, Turkish title)
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  • 182 min
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Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)

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Trivia After his car accident during shooting, there was some consideration given to re-casting of Montgomery Clift's role. Production insurance would have covered the costs of re-shooting, but Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson insisted that Clift be allowed to continue once he recovered from his injuries. See more »
Goofs After Lincoln's 1860 election, the crowd sings "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". However, Julia Ward Howe wrote the poem, on which the song was based, for the Atlantic Monthly in 1861. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Gone with the Wind (1939). See more »
Soundtracks Raintree County See more »
Quotes John Wickliff Shawnessy: To see the Raintree is not nearly as important as what you find looking for it.
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