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A Face in the Crowd
Andy Griffith and Patricia Neal




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A savagely funny look at the way sudden notoriety and power corrupt. A small-town windbag (Griffith in his film debut) becomes an overnight success when the TV show created for him by network and advertising execs hits the top of the ratings. But behind the scenes he turns out to be a vindictive monster, and the reporter who brought him out of the woods determines to expose him. Based on the short story "The Arkansas Traveler" by Schulburg, who also wrote the script.

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Overview

A savagely funny look at the way sudden notoriety and power corrupt. A small-town windbag (Griffith in his film debut) becomes an overnight success when the TV show created for him by network and advertising execs hits the top of the ratings. But behind the scenes he turns out to be a vindictive monster, and the reporter who brought him out of the woods determines to expose him. Based on the short story "The Arkansas Traveler" by Schulburg, who also wrote the script.

Main Cast & Crew

Elia Kazan - Director
Andy Griffith
Patricia Neal
Anthony Franciosa
Walter Matthau
Lee Remick
Kay Medford
Burl Ives
Mike Wallace
Betty Furness
Bennett Cerf

 

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DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (Criterion Collection)
  • Run Time: 126
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 715515228916
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: May 2005

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Rags To Riches
Recommended
Character Study
Showbiz
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Notes:
Produced by Elia Kazan's production company, Newtown. Film debuts for actress Lee Remick, who portrays cheerleader Betty Lou, and actor Andy Griffith. Additional cast: Percy Waram (General Haynesworth); Rod Brasfield (Beanie); Charles Irving (Mr. Luffler); Big Jeff Bess (Sheriff Hosmer); Henry Sharp (Abe Steiner); Willie Feibel (1st Printer); and Larry Casazza (2nd Printer).

Reviews:
"...Prescient..." -- Rating: B - 01/15/1999 Entertainment Weekly, pp.64-5


"[A] scorcher undimmed by time..." - 05/13/2005 Entertainment Weekly, p.70


"It was the decade's most prescient movie..." - 05/13/2005 USA Today, p.9E

 

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