Raintree County

TitleRaintree County
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1957
AuthorsDmytryk, Edward
Running Time2h 40m
Date Released12/20/1957
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

Raintree County is a 1957 American Technicolor melodramatic film set during the American Civil War (1861–1865), directed by Edward Dmytryk. The film was adapted from the 1948 novel of the same name by Ross Lockridge Jr.. When Southern belle Susanna Drake (Elizabeth Taylor) visits Indiana, she falls for John Wickliff Shawnessy (Montgomery Clift), an abolitionist with strong ideals. However, John falters while he lets Drake tempt him away from his true love, Nell Gaither (Eva Marie Saint). After Drake deceives John into marriage, the two move to her New Orleans household, where he discovers that mental illness runs in her family. When the Civil War begins, John uses it to escape from the unhappy marriage.

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