Thursday, November 6, 2014

Wild River 1960

Wild River

     This film is set in the early 1930’s.  Two novels, Mud on the Stars by William Bradford Huie and Dunbar’s Cove by Borden Deal were used as source material.  The Tennessee River has claimed a lot of lives because of its flooding.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt has formed the TVA to oversee the building of a dam to tame the river.  Everyone owning property on the land to be flooded has sold except Ella Garth.  She owns an island and it’s been in her family for a very long time.  She is refusing to sell and refusing to leave.  Chuck Glover comes to try to convince her to sell.  He’s one of several people sent to try to solve this problem.  He finds an ally in Ella's granddaughter.
     During this time, there was a separation of the races and they did not mix.  There was also a difference in the pay for a day’s work, $5 for one group and $2 for the other.  The local men are not shy about forcing their methods and views on other people who don’t think the same way.  You can understand why Ella Garth doesn’t want to move, she loves the land and it’s all she’s ever had or known.  I thought it was interesting that none of the people who have already sold their land give their opinion on having sold.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

110 min, Drama directed by Elia Kazan with Montgomry Clift, Lee Remick, Jo Van Fleet, Albert Salmi, Jay C. Flippen, James Westerfield, Barbara Loden, Frank Overton, Malcolm Atterbury.

Note:  Imdb 7.6 out of 10, 100% critic 81% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.7* out of 5* with 45 reviews.

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