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Wild River (1960)

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Elia Kazan

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About the Movie

A 1930s Tennessee Valley Authority agent, Chuck Glover (Montgomery Clift), is sent to oversee the completion of the Tennessee River dam, with the assignment of convincing the locals to move from their homes for this project. Opposition from the locals includes one farmer who is upset that he must hire black laborers, and an elderly holdout (Jo Van Fleet) who is convinced that if she is forced to move from her land she will die.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 12
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Both sections of the flavorful, vernacular-filled screen play have been given professional treatment. – A.H. Weiler, New York Times, Feb 20, 2015

Fresh: In studying a slice of national socio-economic progress in terms of people, it catches something timeless and essential in the human spirit and shapes it in the American image. – Variety Staff, Variety, Feb 19, 2015

Fresh: Sympathetic to both sides, the movie pits tradition against progress, rugged individualism against the greater good. – J. Hoberman, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: This 1960 drama is probably Elia Kazan's finest and deepest film, a meditation on how the past both inhibits and enriches the present. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Feb 19, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Not 100%

I purchased this film because some say that this is Jo Van Fleet's best film role (she's better known for "East of Eden"). She doesn't disappoint, but the film has other problems. The opening scene is a ridiculously badly done airplane sequence with Clift flying over the "Wild River" and the film ends with an equally bad similar final scene. In between, it's painfully sad to watch Clift at this stage in his career, while it's funny to see Lee Remick in perfect make-up throughout, which contradicts her child-of-the-earth role.

Wild River (1960)
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2004

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