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Wild River (1960)

  Unrated Closed Captioning

Elia Kazan

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Plot Summary

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: 5
  • Fresh: 5
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

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: Kazan's films are better known for showcasing stratospheric Method-emoting over visual expressiveness, which makes Wild River's gorgeous imagery a shock... – Time Out New York, Jun 24, 2010

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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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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2004

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