Directed by Elia Kazan • 1960 • United States
Starring Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Jo Van Fleet
Elia Kazan poignantly chronicles a traditional way of life being lost to the steady drumbeat of progress in this evocative slice of Americana, one of the director’s richest and most moving films. Chuck Glover (Montgomery Clift), a 1930s Tennessee Valley Authority agent overseeing the construction of a new hydroelectric dam, is tasked with the assignment of convincing the region’s residents to move from their homes in order to complete the project. He faces stiff resistance from the locals, including an elderly holdout (Jo Van Fleet) who is convinced that if she is forced to move from her land she will die.