Raintree County (1957)



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In this film, Elizabeth Taylor stars as a spoiled Southern belle who falls in love with pacifistic Indiana youth Montgomery Clift. Though Clift is engaged to Eva Marie Saint, what Taylor wants, Taylor gets, and she isn't above using the dirtiest of deceptions to win Clift's affections.
PG-13 (nothing objectionable)
Classics , Drama , Romance
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MGM Home Entertainment


Montgomery Clift
as John Wickliff Shawnessy
Elizabeth Taylor
as Susanna Drake
Eva Marie Saint
as Nell Gaither
Lee Marvin
as Orville 'Flash' Perkins
Nigel Patrick
as Prof. Jerusalem Webster Stiles
Rod Taylor
as Garwood B. Jones
Agnes Moorehead
as Ellen Shawnessy
Walter Abel
as T.D. Shawnessy
Jarma Lewis
as Barbara Drake
Tom Drake
as Bobby Drake
Rhys Williams
as Ezra Gray
Russell Collins
as Niles Foster
DeForest Kelley
as Southern Officer
Myrna Hansen
as Lydia Gray
Oliver Blake
as Jake the Bartender
John Eldredge
as Cousin Sam
Ruth Attaway
as Parthenia
Eileen Stevens
as Miss Roman
Don Burnett
as Tom Conway
Michael Dugan
as Nat Franklin
Robert Forrest
as Spectator
Michael Dante
as Jesse Gardner
Phil Chambers
as Starter
James Griffith
as Man with Gun
Burt Mustin
as Granpa Peters
Dorothy Granger
as Mme. Gaubert
Owen McGiveney
as Blind Man
Charles Watts
as Party Guest
Stacy Harris
as Union Lieutenant
Donald Losby
as Jim Shawnessy (age 2 1/2)
Mickey Maga
as Jim Shawnessy (age 4)
Robert Foulk
as Pantomimist in Blackface
Jack Daly
as Photographer
Bill Walker
as Old Man
Gardner McKay (II)
as Bearded Soldier
Sue George
as Girls
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Critic Reviews for Raintree County

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

Begins in tedium and ends, 168 leaden minutes later, in apathy.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Picture lacks highlight material; even the war scenes don't quite have the necessary impact and the relationship between Taylor and Clift could have been charged up more.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

MGM's attempt to repeat the success of Gone With the Wind turned out to be an elephantine bore.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This mammoth color picture, which now runs twelve minutes shy of three hours, gives evidence of being outfitted with every extravagance save a script.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A memorable if generally unsuccessful attempt by MGM to bring back the glory of Gone With the Wind.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The acting of Liz Taylor and Monty Clift is not bad, but MGM's effort to recreate another successful Civil war melodrama in the mold of Gone With the Wind is disppointing for many different reaons.

Full Review… | July 13, 2011

Audience Reviews for Raintree County


A lavish production that wants to repeat the success of Gone with the Wind but is boring to death in its massive running time of almost three hours and suffers also from Montgomery Clift's erratic performance and the bizarre change in his looks due to his tragic car accident.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Monty and Taylor lack the sizzle from A Place in the Sun. This Civil War "epic" is a mess in more ways than one.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

There are a lot of great actors in this movie (keep an eye out for DeForrest Kelly in a small role), but it's a boring civil war romantic drama. Gone with the Wind is much better than this movie. Overall it's okay, though.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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