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Raintree County

Raintree County(1957)

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  • During the filming of this movie Montgomery Clift had a bad car accident on his way back home from a party at the house of 'Taylor, Elizabeth' . His friend 'McCarthy, Kevin' witnessed the accident from his car, drove back and informed Taylor and then husband Michael Wilding who immediately drove to the location together with Rock Hudson. Taylor entered the car through the back door, crawled to the front seat and removed the two front teeth from Clift's throat that threatened to choke him. Hudson finally managed to pull him out of the wreck and all together they protected him from being photographed until the ambulance arrived. This was necessary because soon after the emergency call had come in at the local police station the reporters were already on their way and arrived at the scene when Clift was still in the car. The accident was well publicized. After nine weeks of recovery Clift returned to the movie set and finished the film with considerable difficulties. His dashing looks though were gone forever. The left side of his face was more or less immobile.
  • At the time of its release, it held the (dubious) honor of being the most expensive film ever made.
  • On 12 May 1956, during production, Montgomery Clift's face was disfigured after a near-fatal car accident. Filming was shut down until mid-July for Cliff to recover and undergo plastic surgery to reconstruct his face.

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