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Picnic (1955)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  16 February 1956 (USA)
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Emotions are ignited amongst the complacent townsfolk when a handsome drifter arrives in a small Kansas community on the morning of the Labour Day picnic.

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The morning of a small town Labor Day picnic, a drifter (Hal Carter) blows into town to visit an old fraternity buddy (Alan Benson) who also happens to be the son of the richest man in town. Hal is an egocentric braggart - all potential and no accomplishment. He meets up with Madge Owens, the town beauty queen and girlfriend of Alan Benson. Written by Erik L. Ellis <ele@eece.unm.edu>

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A never-to-be forgotten picture - from the Pulitzer Prize winning story by William Inge! See more »

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16 February 1956 (USA)  »

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Trivia

William Holden didn't want to do the dance sequence with Kim Novak, fearing it would make him look foolish. He told co-star Cliff Robertson, "I just don't know how to dance." Hoping to persuade the studio to cut the dance scene, Holden insisted on being paid an $8,000 "stuntman premium." To his surprise, the studio paid up and Holden was forced to do the dance scene, although he was allowed to do it under the influence of alcohol. In that scene, he is actually intoxicated, and it still remains one of only four movies that he ever danced in (the others being Sabrina (1954), Dear Ruth (1947) and Sunset Blvd. (1950)), and one of the most memorable scenes in the movie. See more »

Goofs

On the pier, when Rosemary Sidney forces Hal to dance with her, the flowery white earrings she's been wearing suddenly disappear. In the next shot, when she presses her head against Hal's cheek, Rosemary's earrings just as suddenly reappear, one of which scratches his face. She then apologizes and removes both earrings. See more »

Quotes

Howard Bevans: You've got your troubles, and I've got mine.
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Love's Sweet Song
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Really and truly one of the best!
27 February 2002 | by (NY) – See all my reviews

I think "Picnic" is a movie that's been forgotten in recent years. But I consider it one of the greatest movies ever made! William Holden and Kim Novak are magnificent as small town lovers who face many complications because of his drifter background and her wealthy and important boyfriend. Besides the passionate story, it also features an unforgettable score. "Picnic" is a classic that should not, under any circumstances, be forgotten! See this movie! I give it an enthusiastic 10 out of 10!


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