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A Hatful of Rain (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama | 9 September 1957 (Sweden)
A Korean War veteran's morphine addiction wreaks havoc upon his family.


Fred Zinnemann


Michael V. Gazzo (play) (as Michael Vincente Gazzo), Michael V. Gazzo (screenplay) (as Michael Vincente Gazzo) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Eva Marie Saint ... Celia Pope
Don Murray ... Johnny Pope
Anthony Franciosa ... Polo Pope
Lloyd Nolan ... John Pope, Sr.
Henry Silva ... Mother
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Chuch (as Gerald O'Loughlin)
William Hickey ... Apples


War veteran Johnny Pope, his wife of four years Celia Pope, who is pregnant with their first child, and Johnny's younger brother Polo Pope live together in a working class existence in the inner city of New York. Johnny and Polo have always looked out for each other, which is now made all the more difficult with Polo, unknown to Johnny, being attracted to Celia himself. Uneducated Polo is currently the largest household breadwinner working as a bouncer at a sleazy bar - it the best paying job with his skills - as Johnny, untold to Celia, has lost his latest job, the fourth such in the last three months. Without a word, Johnny often disappears for large periods of time, and although she inherently still loves him, Celia is uncertain if she can stay in a marriage in which he no longer touches her or acknowledges their baby, especially as she believes he is having an affair. She would admit to herself that in her loneliness she often does think about falling into Polo's arms. These ... Written by Huggo

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The tender love story of Johnny Pope, husband, brother, father-to-be!




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Did You Know?


Feature film debut of William Hickey. See more »


When Johnny surprises Celia with dinner and flowers, the camera starts to back out of the kitchen, but something or someone runs into the curtain hanging on the right, causing it to move quite a bit. See more »


John Pope, Sr: Polo, You're a bum. You always were and you always will be.
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Version of A Hatful of Rain (1968) See more »


I'm Making Believe
Music by James V. Monaco
[Played at Marty's Bar]
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Terrific Drama
7 April 2006 | by dga11105See all my reviews

I check at least once a month to see if this fabulous film has finally been released on video. Just like the way that "Days of Wine and Roses" tackled the subject of alcohol addiction, this film tackled the subject of drug addiction like none other before or since. Terrific performances by all, especially Don Murray and Anthony Franciosa as the two brothers, each held to a different standard by a overbearing father played by Lloyd Nolan. There is also an appearance by a very young William Hickey of "Prizzi's Honor" fame in one of his first roles. This film is a window back in time to life in New York City in the 50's. I urge whoever owns the rights to this film, please release it on DVD

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Release Date:

9 September 1957 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

A Hatful of Rain See more »


Box Office


$1,820,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (magnetic prints)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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