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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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drifter | picnic | labor day | love | kansas | See more »

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Electrically attracted to each other...Overwhelmingly engulfed by it...Guiltily in love! See more »

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16 February 1956 (USA)  »

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William Holden almost turned down the film because he thought he was too old at 37 to play Hal Carter. See more »

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After the sunset scene, Madge and Hal are down by the river and there is direct sunlight sparkling on the water. See more »

Quotes

Hal Carter: Now, don't you blow your top, ma'am. I'm leaving town.
[Turning to Madge]
Hal Carter: Aren't you gonna say good bye?
Madge Owens: bye.
Hal Carter: Are you mad at me?
Madge Owens: no
Hal Carter: I gotta know how you feel. Last night I thought you liked me.
Madge Owens: I did like you. I liked you from the first time I saw you.
Flo Owens: Madge, are you out of your senses?
Hal Carter: Look. I, I've been thinking all night. I've never said this before, because it... It'd make me seem like such a freak, but...
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Theme from Picnic
Music by George Duning
Lyrics (not used in film) by Steve Allen
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Excellent Flawed Flick to Love.
17 August 2004 | by (Las Vegas) – See all my reviews

Very Good movie, despite the flaws. A must for anyone into American mid-century drama. Beautifully filmed and written. Some excellent performances. The Good: Rosalind Russell, Arthur O'Connell, Betty Field, Susan Strasberg. The adequate: Kim Novak and Cliff Robertson. The not too great: William Holden. I'm not bothered by Novak's performance, she was often only as good as her director, and Joshua Logan was an entirely stagebound stylist. Holden on the other hand, is entirely miscast. Way too old for the character by at least 10 years. This is a meaty, sweaty, rebellious part suited to a young Paul Newman or James Dean, not a late '30's, already craggy faced William Holden (he was ideally suited for his Bridge on the River Kwai role). The reading of his lines is artificial and contrived, the pacing atrocious. It's really Logan's fault though. In every one of his films, characters, especially the supporting ones, end up performing like cartoon characters... (Betty Field in Bus Stop, Everyone in South Pacific and Fanny)... and in Picnic, Logan lets almost everyone go over the top with this kind of mannered, ill-paced stuff. However, I love this flick too... the story conquers the flaws, and it consistently pulls me in. Rosalind Russell (though she's allowed to go over the top too) and Arthur O'Connell have remarkable scenes together. Good Movie!


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