Raintree County

Synopsis: It's the mid-nineteenth century in Freehaven, Raintree County, Indiana. John Shawnessy has just graduated from high school at the top of his class, with a promising career as a writer. He is a romantic, principled, and an idealist, believing the story of the golden raintree - after which the county is named - growing somewhere, most likely in the county's swamp area, searching for and locating it which would provide all the answers to one's life questions. An idea passed down from his father, John also has a strong sense of place as belonging, and as such there is much anticipation in the probable marriage between John and his sweetheart Nell Gaither, a born and bred Raintree girl. However, there is an undeniable mutual attraction on first sight between John and Susanna Drake, a visiting southern belle. Despite Susanna's temporary stay in Raintree County which means that she and John may not have a future, they eventually do marry out of circumstance, leaving behind a heartbroken Nell.
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director(s): Edward Dmytryk
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
160 min

people with roots.

A man should not only marry his beloved.

He should marry his region.

A good wife is a good start,

taught greatness.

Pap, define greatness.


Well, a great man is one

who does good for others and.

I guess in that way your father qualifies.



If that great philosopher Socrates

used living today,

lf he were used to sit on a crack

chewing tobacco...

That was America, that's the greatness.

Do l shock you?

How can l shock such unenlightened

cloud heads?

Are you stunned, Mrs. Lydia Gray?

0h, stop looking at me, child.

With those big brown cow eyes round milk

like wax in the flame.


Do l shock you, Miss Nell Kader?

Not as much as you like to

0h, there must be somebody l shoked.

How about you, Johnny Seanacy?

L... relish it.

You don't shock me

if you don't want shocking.

Thanks, my boy.

Now, about greatness.

We Americans measure greatness

in simple terms... in terms of money.

We're always hunting with a tree of life

whose root is pure gold...

You have beautiful chest-light color

hair, my dear.

But, there's another tree

not of gold, but of fulfillment...

Whose flower is accomplishment

and its fruit is love.

Most ways,

the ways of pleasantness

and most paths all lead to peace.

Find that tree and

you'll find greatness

ln every land, every language poems of

some of this tree.

And we in lndiana have our

own mythe about it.

It's the tree from which our county

takes its name

0ne day a ragged preacher, was

wandering on the shore of the lake

in the middle of the county.

That preacher was a man you all know,

Johnny Appleseed who spent his life

traveling to the pioneer West

planting apple seeds in the wilderness.

Among these thousands of seeds there

was one that ragged preacher cherised.

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Millard Kaufman

Millard Kaufman (March 12, 1917 – March 14, 2009) was an American screenwriter and novelist. His works include the Academy Award-nominated Bad Day at Black Rock (1955). He was also one of the creators of Mr. Magoo. more…

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