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Picnic

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 1955
  • Joshua Logan
  • 108 mins
  • U

Summary

Drama based on William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, starring William Holden. When a drifter arrives in a small Kansas town during Labour Day celebrations and looks up an old college friend, he is invited to participate in the festivities. There he meets his chum's stunningly attractive fiancée, and instantly falls for her.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

This adaptation of William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning play earned six Oscar nominations for its daringly frank depiction (by 1950s standards) of the emotional havoc wreaked on the women of a rustic Kansas town when a sexy itinerant joins their Labour Day picnic. William Holden (not ideal for the role, but nonetheless giving a polished performance) is the attractive cat among the pigeons, among them tomboy Susan Strasberg, frustrated spinster Rosalind Russell and town beauty Kim Novak. Directed for maximum cinematic effect by Joshua Logan, this is enjoyable drama with an edge.

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Credits

Cast

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Hal CarterWilliam Holden (2)
Rosemary SydneyRosalind Russell
Flo OwensBetty Field
Madge OwensKim Novak
Millie OwensSusan Strasberg
AlanCliff Robertson
Howard BevansArthur O'Connell
BomberNick Adams

Crew

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DirectorJoshua Logan

Details

Released on
1956-02-11
Languages
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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