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- William Holden

Overview - A study of the impact of a handsome, virile and egotistical drifter on the lives of five women in a small Kansas town over Labor Day Weekend. Based on the William Inge play. Academy Award Nominations: 6, including Best Picture, Best Director. Academy Awards: Best (Color) Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Film Editing.  Read more...

 
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Overview

A study of the impact of a handsome, virile and egotistical drifter on the lives of five women in a small Kansas town over Labor Day Weekend. Based on the William Inge play. Academy Award Nominations: 6, including Best Picture, Best Director. Academy Awards: Best (Color) Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Film Editing.

Awards:
1955 - Academy Awards - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color) Winner
1955 - Academy Awards - Best Film Editing Winner

Cast List

Betty Field - American Character Actress
Daniel Taradash - American Screenwriter/Director
Fred Kohlmar - American Producer
Joshua Logan - American Director/Playwright
Cliff Robertson - American Actor
Clifford Parker Robertson III - American Actor
Verna Felton
Arthur O'Connell - Character Actor, FANTASTIC VOYAGE, ANATOMY OF A MURDER
Rosalind Russell - American Actress
William Flannery - Art Director
James Wong Howe - Legendary cinematographer
Wong Tung Jim - Legendary cinematographer
George Duning - American Film Composer
Susan Strasberg - American Actress
William Holden - American actor, STALAG 17, SUNSET BOULEVARD, NETWORK
William Franklin Beedle Jr. - American actor, STALAG 17, SUNSET BOULEVARD, NETWORK
Bill Holden - American actor, STALAG 17, SUNSET BOULEVARD, NETWORK
Kim Novak - American Actress, VERTIGO (1958)
Marilyn Pauline Novak - American Actress, VERTIGO (1958)
William A. Lyon - American Editor
William Lyon - American Editor
Charles Nelson - American Editor

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 113
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396828797
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: March 2009

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Romance
Racy
Bucolic
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Synopsis:
An award-winning film adaptation of the William Inge play. Hal Carter is an arrogant drifter who sets off dramatic fireworks when he visits a quiet Kansas town to see an old friend. Before long he has managed to steal Madge Owens, the most attractive girl in town, away from his pal. Much of the drama takes place in the midst of the town's annual Labor Day picnic. Among the many other memorable characters in the film are a spinster school teacher who desperately longs for the security of marriage, and Madge's jealous younger sister, Millie.

Notes:
Shot in CinemaScope. Color by Technicolor. Film debut for actor Cliff Robertson. Additional cast: Elizabeth W. Wilson (Christine Schoenwalder), Don C. Harvey (1st Policeman), and Steve Benton (2nd Policeman). On stage, Ralph Meeker originated the part of Hal Carter, played here by William Holden. Other members of the Broadway cast were Janice Rule (Madge Owens), and Kim Stanley (Millie Owens). Arthur O'Connell reprised the role of Howard Devans.

Reviews:
"...PICNIC exudes the irresistible pull of nostalgia....PICNIC is a classic..." - 08/08/1996 Los Angeles Times, p.F2


"...Holden and Novak dancing to 'Moonglow' is still among the moments that define '50s pop cinema..." - 04/13/1990 USA Today, p.3D

 
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