Wild River (1960)

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Wild River is a 1960 film directed by Elia Kazan starring Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Jo Van Fleet, Albert Salmi and Jay C. Flippen filmed on location in the Tennessee Valley. It was adapted by Paul Osborn from two novels -- Borden Deal's Dunbar's Cove and William Bradford Huie's Mud on the Stars. In 2002, Wild River was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". A young idealistic Tennessee Valley Authority administrator, Chuck Glover (Montgomery Clift) comes to a small town in Tennessee to enforce the clearing of the land to be flooded by a new dam on the Tennessee River in the early 1930s. An aging 80-year-old matriarch, Ella Garth (Jo Van Fleet who was only 45 at the time), refuses to sell her land to the federal government, and the film anticipates much of the environmental debates concerning the artificial control of rivers. Glover falls in love with the matriarch's granddaughter, Carol Garth Baldwin (Lee Remick). The film also portrays some of the racial issues in the South after the Great Depression.

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