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Picnic (2000)

TV-PG | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 16 April 2000
The son of the richest man in town wants to marry the town's beauty queen, but then she meets an interesting stranger who just got off the train.


Ivan Passer


William Inge (play), Shelley Evans (teleplay)


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Credited cast:
Bonnie Bedelia ... Flo Owens
Josh Brolin ... Hal Carter
Ben Caswell ... Alan Benson
J.D. Evermore ... Younger Cop
Gretchen Mol ... Madge Owens
Chad Morgan ... Millie Owens
Jay O. Sanders ... Howard Bevens
Mary Steenburgen ... Rosemary Sydney
Christopher Bills Christopher Bills ... Bomber
Rodger Boyce ... The Mayor
E.J. Nolan ... The Photographer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cole Dabney Cole Dabney ... Carnival Game Player
Richard Dillard Richard Dillard ... Mr. Benson
Davi Jay ... Hotel Clerk
Dorothy Layne Dorothy Layne ... Mrs. Hawkins


The son of the richest man in town wants to marry the town's beauty queen, but then she meets an interesting stranger who just got off the train.

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Release Date:

16 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kisvárosi szerelem See more »

Filming Locations:

Martindale, Texas, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "The 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 »


Version of Picnic (1986) See more »

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Flat and slow
28 July 2003 | by LeroyBrown-2See all my reviews

This version moved a little slow for my taste and I suppose I have problems with this play to begin with. But first the movie, it's a typical TV movie version of a play which means it doesn't have the flair of the original film version with William Holden. What they couldn't afford to hire more than twelve people as extras? Why move the movie up to 1966? So you could give the little sister a line about the Vietnam war protests? Why not 1963 and give her a line about the civil rights movement?

As for the casting, some hits some misses. Jay O. Sanders hit the right notes for his character especially with his scenes with Josh Brolin. Brolin on the other hand miss a lot of the notes. He's believable as an ex-BMOC jock but he doesn't have the raw sensuality of William Holden. I always thought Brolin looks a little bit like a gorilla to have all the women in town go ape over him (pardon the pun). Gretchen Moll was lovely but she seemed a little too wise for the character she played. She didn't project the innocence or ignorance that the character required. Maybe it's because she and Brolin were about 5 years older than the characters should be. But then again Holden was ten years too old. Bonnie Bedelia was rather forgettable as the mother and Mary Steenburgen can't seem to make up her mind whether she was playing Blanche duBois or Katharine from "The Taming of The Shrew".

As for Mr. Inge's play, I always felt that stories like this of a young woman choosing passion over practicality always needed an epilogue. "The Twilight Zone" I believe offer a likely epilogue with the episode, "Spur of the Moment" where a young Diana Hyland was being chased by a bitter older Diana Hyland, because the younger Diana Hyland chose to run off with a guy similar to Hal Carter.

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