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Picnic -- Set in a sleepy Kansas town one warm Labor Day weekend, PICNIC focuses on the impact made by a muscle flexing vagrant (William Holden) whose presence causes emotional havoc among the local women, including town beauty (Kim Novak) who must decide whether or not to run away with her handsome new beau.
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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 3 wins & 11 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(56 articles)
User Reviews:
Really and truly one of the best! See more (114 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)

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 stylist
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)
Haskell Wexler .... second unit 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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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:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | France:Tous publics | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1956) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1990) (2006) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #17630) (original rating) | USA:PG (certificate #34658) (1996) | West Germany:16 (f)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The town of Udall, Kansas renamed a local promenade Rosalind Russell Avenue. The actress campaigned for the Kansas Disaster Relief fund after Udall was devastated by a tornado which killed 77 people during filming of the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The Neewollah president takes his hand off Alan's shoulder twice as he claims the first dance with Madge.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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Soundtrack:
MoonglowSee more »

FAQ

Where is the story supposed to be set?
Is "Picnic" based on a book?
What book was Millie reading? Is it a real book?
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24 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Really and truly one of the best!, 27 February 2002

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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