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Jeremy Butler <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 6 May 1994 08:03:57 CDT
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On Fri, 6 May 1994 03:19:02 -0400 Mary C. Kalfatovic said:
>Kazan's WILD RIVER (1960) as a fine water oriented movie.  Montgomery
>Clift (looking a bit worse for wear) plays a TVA agent who must make a
>fiesty old woman (Jo Van Fleet) accept that she has no choice but to leave
>her farm because it is going to be flooded by the just completed dam
>upriver.  The movie does a good job of showing both sides of an argument.
>Something that benefits the many can be harmful to the few.  Both Clift and
>Van Fleet are sympathetic characters.  Sadly, I don't think WILD RIVER is
>on video and I have never seen it on TV since many of the color prints of
>the movie have faded to a purplish tone.  WILD RIVER flopped in the U.S.
...and, additionally, the original was in 'Scope so the panned/scanned
TV prints never really did it justice.
Leonard Maltin confirms what Mary suggested:  It does not appear to
be available on videocassette.
P.S.  It also features a touching romance between Clift's character and
that of Lee Remick--not long after her debut in A FACE IN THE CROWD
(1957).  (WILD RIVER was released in '60.)
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