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Director:
Writers:
Daniel Taradash (screenplay)
William Inge (play)
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Release Date:
16 February 1956 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Electrically attracted to each other...Overwhelmingly engulfed by it...Guiltily in love! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Flawed but Haunting and Powerful See more (110 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Holden ... Hal Carter

Kim Novak ... Madge Owens
Betty Field ... Flo Owens

Susan Strasberg ... Millie Owens

Cliff Robertson ... Alan Benson

Arthur O'Connell ... Howard Bevans

Verna Felton ... Helen Potts

Reta Shaw ... Irma Kronkite
Nick Adams ... Bomber

Raymond Bailey ... Mr. Benson

Elizabeth Wilson ... Christine Schoenwalder (as Elizabeth W. Wilson)

Rosalind Russell ... Miss Rosemary Sydney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Warren Frederick Adams ... Stranger (uncredited)
Carle E. Baker ... Grain Elevator Worker (uncredited)
George E. Bemis ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Steve Benton ... Policeman (uncredited)
Harold A. Beyer ... Chamber of Commerce Member (uncredited)
Paul R. Cochran ... Chamber of Commerce Member (uncredited)
Adlai Zeph Fisher ... Chamber of Commerce Member (uncredited)
Don C. Harvey ... Policeman (uncredited)
Flomanita Jackson ... Committeewoman (uncredited)

Shirley Knight ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Phyllis Newman ... Juanita Badger - Cool Girl (uncredited)
Henry Pagueo ... Mayor (uncredited)
Harry Sherman Schall ... Chamber of Commerce Member (uncredited)
Floyd Steinbeck ... Chamber of Commerce Member (uncredited)
Wayne R. Sullivan ... Foreman (uncredited)
Henry P. Watson ... Chamber of Commerce President (uncredited)
Abraham Weinlood ... Trainman - Before Opening Credits (uncredited)
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Directed by
Joshua Logan 
 
Writing credits
Daniel Taradash (screenplay)

William Inge (play "Picnic")

Produced by
Fred Kohlmar .... producer
 
Original Music by
George Duning 
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William A. Lyon 
Charles Nelson 
 
Production Design by
Jo Mielziner 
 
Art Direction by
William Flannery 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Priestley 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair styles
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carter De Haven Jr. .... assistant director (as Carter DeHaven Jr.)
 
Sound Department
George Cooper .... sound
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Cory .... second unit photography
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ralph James Hall .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Fred Karger .... music advisor
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Morris Stoloff .... conductor
Bob Thompson .... music arranger (uncredited)
Johnny Williams .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Henri Jaffa .... Technicolor color consultant
Joshua Logan .... produced on the stage by
Miriam Nelson .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

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Runtime:
115 min | USA:113 min (DVD version)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1956) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1990) (2006) | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (f)
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Trivia:
While selecting locals to play extras in the film, director Logan said, "There's a girl with a typical Kansas face." The woman, Joan Farwell, was hired for "atmosphere" but confessed, "I'm from Brooklyn. I'm just here visiting my grandmother."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Neewollah Queen Madge goes to return the royal robe, she's still wearing the sash as she stands on the footbridge and watches Hal and Millie dancing. When she joins the group seconds later, in that famous clapping scene, the sash is gone.See more »
Quotes:
Millie Owens:When I graduate from college I'm going to New York, and write novels that'll shock people right out of their senses. I'm never gonna fall in love. Not me! I'm not gonna live in some jerkwater town and marry some ornery guy and raise some grimy kids. But just because I'm a dope doesn't mean you have to be.
Madge Owens:Millie.
Millie Owens:Go with him, Madge.
Madge Owens:Millie?
Millie Owens:For once in your life, do something right.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Serial Mom (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
Love's Sweet SongSee more »

FAQ

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52 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
Flawed but Haunting and Powerful, 26 June 2003
Author: wglenn from Stony Brook, NY

Picnic offers superior acting all around, some great cinematography, and a number of excellent scenes, including the famous dance sequence between Holden and Novak. The writing, unfortunately, veers between wonderful and maudlin, and the movie feels outdated in many ways. Worst of all, the directing and music can be heavy-handed at times, clubbing the viewer with melodrama in some of the key moments, when a more subtle approach would have turned this into a real classic.

Yet, despite its flaws, there's something special about this film. It has a haunting quality that I can't quite put my finger on. A kind of nostalgia - not for the supposed innocence of small-town life, which the film shows to be a myth, but for the disappearing natural wildness of ourselves as people, the primitive element in humanity that both causes problems and gives us real vitality.

My wife and I found ourselves discussing Picnic at length over dinner the following night and even watched several of the scenes again. There are many good details and powerful moments scattered among the weaker parts. I appreciated William Holden's performance even more the second time around - his sense of impatience and desperation are palpable. And he's such a great presence on the screen - I wound up watching him more than Novak in the dance sequence. In fact, my one disappointment with this scene is that Novak doesn't serve as his cinematic equal. She's no Bacall who can fill the screen with Bogart. Rosalind Russell and Arthur O'Connell both do great jobs, especially during the scene where they are discussing marriage. Susan Strasberg pulls off a difficult role and manages to look even more attractive than Kim Novak at times, reminding me of a young Winona Ryder.

The Holden and Novak characters are both viewed as sexual objects, yet they're actually quite humble people who can't handle the shallowness of the society around them and who are searching for genuine love. William Holden is always a pleasure to watch, and his fans should find this role particularly interesting. Picnic won't go down as a great film, but there is a great film lurking somewhere inside it.

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