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Raintree County

Raintree County is a novel by Ross Lockridge Jr which tells the story of a small-town Midwestern teacher and poet who meets and falls in love with a beautiful Southern belle whose emotional instability leads to the destruction of their marriage.

The novel was made into a 1957 film starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Eva Marie Saint, Nigel Patrick, Lee Marvin, Rod Taylor and Agnes Moorehead. It was adapted by Millard Kaufman and directed by Edward Dmytryk.

It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Elizabeth Taylor), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design and Best Music, Scoring.

During filming of this movie, Montgomery Clift had an automobile accident which almost killed him. After several weeks of recovery, he returned to finish the film, but the left side of his face was left paralyzed.