GenreAction, Drama, War CinematographyLucien Ballard CountryUnited States
Release dateAugust 4, 1954 (1954-08-04) Based onAffair at St. Albans
by Herbert Ravenel Sass WriterSydney Boehm (screenplay), Francis M. Cockrell (story), Herbert Ravenel Sass (based on "Affair at St. Albans") CastVan Heflin (Maj. Neal Benton), Anne Bancroft (Katy Bishop), Richard Boone (Capt. Lionel Foster), Lee Marvin (Lt. Keating), Tommy Rettig (Larry Bishop), Peter Graves (Capt. Frank Dwyer) Similar moviesRide with the Devil (1999)
The Raid is a 1954 Technicolor American film set during the American Civil War. It stars Van Heflin, Anne Bancroft, Richard Boone and Lee Marvin. It is loosely based on a true incident, the St. Albans Raid, as well as the book by Herbert Ravenal Sass. However the film made a significant change, moving the action from 1864 to 1865, turning the raid into an act of revenge for William Tecumseh Sherman's burning of Atlanta.
In 1864 a group of Confederate prisoners held in a Union prison stockade at Plattsburg, New York, not many miles from the Canada–US border, escape. They head for Canada and plan a raid across the border into St. Albans, Vermont, to rob its banks to replenish the Confederate treasury and burn buildings as revenge for Sherman's March to the Sea and to tie up Union forces.
The leader of the raid heads into St. Albans as a spy, and develops ambiguous feelings about what he is doing when he becomes friends with a young widow and her son.