My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Raintree County


(out of 5)

Almost twenty years after Gone With the Wind, another attempt was made to mount a giant epic of Southern Gothic proportions as a vehicle for .  Taylor’s performance shows more than enough skill to make a good Scarlett O’Hara, particularly in a nine-minute dramatic monologue that she delivers almost all in one take, but the soap operatic screenplay and Edward Dmytryk’s flat direction keep it far away from being a classic. Taylor plays a young, conniving Southern Belle who woos an unsuspecting  (his first film role in four years after a self-imposed hiatus) into marriage and away from his intended fiancee ( in an excellent performance). As time goes on, Clift begins to suspect that his seemingly perfect wife might actually be mentally disturbed. The turgid melodrama is impossible to take seriously, but the acting is excellent. This is the film Clift was making when he suffered his highly publicized car accident that destroyed his perfectly handsome features (though most people don’t realize that his heavy drinking at the time were doing a lot more damage to his looks than the accident ever did).

USA, 1957

Directed by Edward Dmytryk

Screenplay by , based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1957

Golden Globe Awards 1957

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