A 1986 made-for-cablevision remake of the 1955 Joshua Logan movie. Shown as "A Broadway On Showtime Production."

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Hal Carter
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Madge Owens
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Flo Owens
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Howard Bevans
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Millie Owens
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Alan Benson
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Helen Potts
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Rosemary Sidney
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Christine Schoenwalder
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A 1986 made-for-cablevision remake of the 1955 Joshua Logan movie. Shown as "A Broadway On Showtime Production."

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The original Broadway production of "Picnic" by William Inge opened on February 19, 1953 at the Music Box Theater, ran for 477 performances and won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1953. See more »

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The closing credits incorrectly switched the roles played by Jennifer Jason Leigh and Morgan Englund. In addition, Rue McClanahan's name and role is not listed in the closing credits. The cast list posted is from the opening credits. See more »

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Version of Picnic (2000) See more »

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Music by Patrick Williams
Lyrics by Pamela Phillips Oland
Published by Reel One Music
BMI
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Undistinguished but adequate
13 March 2016 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

This televised version of a stage production is unlikely to supplant memories of the 1955 film version which Daniel Taradash so skillfully adapted to the CinemaScope screen but, judged on its own, it's a respectable take on a play that might almost be called an American classic. Casting and performance are all-important in this kind of venture and the results here are varied. Dana Hill makes a splendid Milly and Dick Van Patten couldn't be better as Howard. Conchata Ferrell at first doesn't seem quite right as Mrs. Potts but her larger-than-life personality soon wins out. Timothy Shelton is passable in the thankless role of Alan and Rue McClanahan has her moments as Mrs. Owens. On the other hand, Jennifer Jason Leigh can't quite bring off Madge and her semi-out-of-control hairdo is sometimes annoying. The weakness here is Michael Learned as Rosemary, the play's best part. Rosalind Russell was so much better. (The suggestion that she and Rue McClanahan should have traded parts is a good one.) As for Gregory Harrison, he doesn't quite capture the wounded little-boy-lost quality in Hal but he sure looks good with his shirt off.


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