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Picnic (1955)

Approved | | 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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Despite its legend, this was NOT the first movie to feature a helicopter shot. They Live by Night (1948) was an early, if not the very first, film to use it (albeit in its opening shot, not the closing shot as was done in Picnic). 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 »

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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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Small Town America According To William Inge
11 November 2007 | by (Virgin Islands) – See all my reviews

There is so much to enjoy in this American melodrama with a deliciously miscast William Holden and a gelid, beautiful Kim Novak that the film can be seen again and again without being disturbed by the 40 year old Holden playing the drop out stallion trying to make amends with his past forging a sort of future for himself, at least that's what I think he wants and I'm sticking with that notion. Holden plays the loser with his shiny boots and smallish brain and that's what reminds us this is just a romantic drama thought by William Inge with a patina of reality and that's all that is real, the patina. I didn't care that emotionally couldn't play because emotionally worked for me thanks to the sexual power of the miscast star. William Holden is a sort of God who awakes the (seemingly) heavily sedated Novak into a towering passion. I would have too. The supporting cast is sensational. Rosalind Russell is a jarring masterpiece of an over the top clichè. The old maid, school teacher with a taste for alcohol and an understandable terror of her own future, overtaking her at an incredible speed. Susan Strasberg, in the part created by Kim Stanley on the Broadway stage is delightful but made me wonder what Kim Stanley may have done with that part. Betty Field is the one character that expresses the most saying the least. She, as per usual, is outstanding. All in all, a film/play that shouldn't be dismissed.


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