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

Look at the birdie... look at the tree.

My girls are the prettiest

known to the county.

That's all.

Mr. Durin, you've made us all immortal.

Young ladies and gentlemen...

Now, young ladies and gentlemen...

Alright, you cloud-headed.

You've still 2 weeks before graduation.

Let me remind you.

Mr. Durin's picture taking is completed.

You prepare yourself to Mr. Durin here

some time this week

an individual photograph

to appear in the Academy Album.

Miss Kader... why are you standing there

as if transfixed?

Is it because you've left your books

in the study at the expense of

your splendid youth and innocence

or is it because you've already entered

into the miserable Harvard womanhood

and beat with them?

Alright, stop all of that

or stop blushing


He's not here

0h, you mustn't see me hiding.

Hide what?

Happy graduation, Johnny.

Thank you.

Happy graduation to you.

Thank you

l guess we had the same idea

lsn't that nice?

We think the same thing

lsn't that crazy?

0pen your present, Johnny

lt's all about Raintree County

lt's illustrated with colored maps...

Statistics and history...

And place adventures

lt's wonderful... just wonderful.

Look... prominent citizens of

Raintree County.

There're over hundred of them

Johnny, someday your name will be

the first on that list.


0pen yours, come on.

Well, l think you'll like it...

It weighs 6 lbs

0h, l think Lord Byron was the most

fascinating man ever lived.

He seemed so much in need of

a good woman to love and love him.

He never really found one.


There's a photograph inside...

L wrote something on the back of it

Johnny, it's beautiful.

You know what l think?

L think someday you're going to be

a great writer

lt's just beautiful

l've never heard such nonsense

wasting 3 days write this.

What's this... a speech?

It's not nonsense

lt's an honor to be valid Victoria

lt goes to the student ranking first

in scholarship.

You know so much about it.

What did you ever valid... validate...

Whatever it's called?

Pap is valid Victoria for the whole

Raintree County.

Did you know that, Mom?

Your father?

Preaching a sermon to the most

undesirable element.

Waste the elegance there is in

a lot of ground.

It's the undesirable

element which we desire...

You object the Pap's elevating spiritual

welfare the people?

What about my spiritual welfare?

Why can't we get an inside pump?

Yeah, Pap... what about an inside pump?

That's not a joke.

What ever did learned you

at that school?

You learn a cup of beer?

Your mother has beaty confused

with Heidelberg.

You learn to smoke tobacco?

Like a chimney.

Huh, your father like that ...ever here

his sermon on the evils of tobacco

and with the regular pond some do it chew

and some do it smoke.

But some end up their nose do poke

l do all three the same time.

You learned anything else?

L learn my mother is a fraud and

what she says is hateful

that the way she says it.

You never amount anything like that.

Well, he ought to amount to something.

He's related to one of the greatest

writers in the English language.

Who's that?

Thomas Carlyle, that's who.

L think you're old enough to know that...

Joe, stop that foolishness.

Well, l always thought that one day

be a great man in the family.

Great man?

Is a great man more good to get a job

of farm this land.

Why ever was l cursed with such a burden?

0h... which reminds me.

How are you and Nell getting along?

Nell is a fine girl and she is...

Well, she's Raintree County.

That means a lot of people like us,

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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