Wild River
Wild River (1960)

Filmed on location in the Tennessee Valley, Wild River is set in the early 1930s. Montgomery Clift plays an idealistic TVA agent, assigned to convince the locals to move from their property so that a beneficial dam can be built. The… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 26, 1960
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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

Both sections of the flavorful, vernacular-filled screen play have been given professional treatment.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

One of [Kazan's] least theatrical and most affecting films.

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Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

Shooting predominantly on location in Tennessee, Kazan makes evocative use of the mist that hangs over the river like a lingering regret.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This 1960 drama is probably Elia Kazan's finest and deepest film, a meditation on how the past both inhibits and enriches the present.

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David Fear
Time Out New York

Kazan's films are better known for showcasing stratospheric Method-emoting over visual expressiveness, which makes Wild River's gorgeous imagery a shock...

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

Montgomery Clift gives a superbly tender performance in one of his last and most tortured roles, and Lee Remick is touching as his confidante.

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Variety Staff

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.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Sympathetic to both sides, the movie pits tradition against progress, rugged individualism against the greater good.

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The grim inevitability of the eviction gives the film a melancholy power.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Clintus Maximus
Will the river stay wild or be tamed? You can ask the same of the old woman who lives on the island about to be flooded or the other characters in this… More
Henrik Schunk
A good movie which went deeper into the subject matters than I expected. The DVD cover read like a cheap romance pulp novel and I was surprised when the movie… More
Walter M.
In "Wild River," to curb deadly flooding along the Tennessee River and create jobs during the Great Depression, the Roosevelt Administration creates… More
cody franklin
This film is kind of all over the place and with Monty and Kazan at the helm it's a big disappointment. I like the idea of the story and it had some… More
Mike T.
Elia Kazan uses color brilliantly in this film, giving it an autumnal tone and atmosphere that emphasizes its quiet sadness. Beautifully subdued and patiently… More