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A Face in the Crowd (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama | June 1957 (USA)
An Arkansas drifter becomes an overnight media sensation. As he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become?

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"A Face in the Crowd" charts the rise of a raucous hayseed named Lonesome Rhodes from itinerant Ozark guitar picker to local media rabble-rouser to TV superstar and political king-maker. Marcia Jeffries is the innocent Sarah Lawrence girl who discovers the great man in a back-country jail and is the first to fall under his spell. Written by alfiehitchie

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POWER! He loved it! He took it raw in big gulpfuls...he liked the taste, the way it mixed with the bourbon and the sin in his blood!

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Budd Schulberg's A Face in the Crowd  »

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A December 1993 LA Life article reported that Budd Schulberg was considering a remake of the film, to star Whoopi Goldberg, but that production was never realized. See more »

Goofs

When Lonesome Rhodes is critiquing Senator Worthington Fuller's presentation style, the camera angle switches several times. From the front, his left arm/hand is pointed towards the ceiling; however, the reverse angle shows his left arm lowered and pointed to the side. See more »

Quotes

Lonesome Rhodes: I'm not just an entertainer. I'm an influence, a wielder of opinion, a force... a force!
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References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Free Man in the Morning
(1957) (uncredited)
Music by Tom Glazer
Lyrics by Budd Schulberg
Sung by Andy Griffith
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Underrated Masterpiece!
25 September 2003 | by (Maryland, USA) – See all my reviews

If you think that the extend of Andy Griffith's acting ability is playing a good old boy sheriff or aging lawyer. Do yourself a favor and watch this movie. In it he shows the many shades of the character Lonesome Rhodes, pulling you in with his charm amd homespun philosophy until you realize that there is a snake hiding in that Downhome sheeps clothing.

I have watch this film many times and am always fascinated by the subtle hints early in the film to what he eventually reveals to the world.

a five star movie that was way ahead of it's time.


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