Steve Simels
July 15, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Raintree County

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Montgomery Clift, Eva Marie Saint, Elizabeth Taylor, Lee Marvin, Agnes Moorehead, Rod Taylor
director
Edward Dmytryk
distributor
MGM
author
Millard Kaufman
genre
Drama

We gave it a C-

Raintree County, MGM’s attempt at a ’50s Gone With the Wind, is mostly remembered today as the film Montgomery Clift was making when he had a disfiguring, near-fatal car accident. Cineasts with a morbid streak may have difficulty pinpointing the post-crash actor due to the widescreen transfer premiering on this laserdisc (excellent except that it reduces the overall image to a thin stripe through the center of a television screen). But in any case, the movie itself is so insufferably dull, it’s hardly worth the effort. After all, what kind of Civil War epic saves its battle scenes for the last third of an overly generous 168-minute length? And how’s this for a lame plot gimmick: Elizabeth Taylor’s character thinks she may be illegitimate and black. C-

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