More than a year in the making, the documentary, “Mud on the Stars,” features many local residents as they reminisce about the filming of “Wild River,” the first major motion picture filmed entirely in Tennessee.
“Mud on the Stars” is also the title of the William Bradford Huie novel, one of the two books on which the movie was based.
“Wild River” was filmed mostly in Charleston on the Hiwassee River and at locations in Cleveland in 1959 and was released May 25, 1960. The movie starred Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Jo Van Fleet and many local citizens of Bradley County. More than 40 local residents were chosen for speaking roles in the movie and more than 100 local extras were involved in some way.