Director: Joshua Logan Cast: William Holden, Rosalind Russell, Kim Novak

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One of the biggest box-office attractions of the 1950s, Picnic was adapted by Daniel Taradash from the Pulitzer Prize-winning William Inge play. William Holden plays Hal Carter, a handsome drifter who ambles into a small Kansas town during the Labor Day celebration to look up old college chum Alan (Cliff Robertson, in his film debut). Hoping to hit up Alan for a job--or a handout--Hal ends up stealing his buddy's fiancee Madge Owens (Kim Novak). Hal also has a catnip effect on spinster schoolteacher Rosemary Sydney (Rosalind Russell), so much so that Rosemary makes a fool of herself in front of the whole town, nearly driving away her longtime beau Howard Bevans (Arthur O'Connell). Persuaded by his friends and family that Hal is no damn good, Madge is prepared to break off her relationship. As anyone who remembers the film's famous overhead closing shot knows, however, Madge is ultimately ruled by her heart and not her head. For a film set in Kansas, there's an awful lot of New York talent in the supporting cast (Susan Strasberg and Phyllis Newman come immediately to mind); still, the Midwestern ambience comes through loud and clear, especially during the perceptively detailed Labor Day picnic sequence. Broadening the film's appeal is its George Duning-Steve Allen title song, a variation of the old standard "Moonglow." Two sidebars: The original Broadway production of Picnic starred Ralph Meeker and Paul Newman; for the film version of Picnic, William Holden was obliged to shave his chest, lest his hairy torso cause the female moviegoers to conjure up impure thoughts.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/18/2000
UPC: 0043396828797
Original Release: 1955
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital]
Time: 1:53:00
Sales rank: 15,380

Special Features

Closed Caption; Photo montage; Vintage advertising; Bonus previews; Talent files; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Holden Hal Carter
Rosalind Russell Rosemary Sydney
Kim Novak Madge Owens
Betty Field Flo Owens
Susan Strasberg Millie Owens
Cliff Robertson Alan
Arthur O'Connell Howard Bevans
Verna Felton Mrs. Helen Potts
Reta Shaw Linda Sue Breckenridge
Nick Adams Bomber
Raymond Bailey Mr. Benson
Elizabeth Wilson Christine Schoenwalder
Phyllis Newman Juanita Badger
Don C. Harvey First Policeman
Steve Benton Second Policeman

Technical Credits
Joshua Logan Director
Clay Campbell Makeup
George Cooper Sound/Sound Designer
Carter DeHaven Asst. Director
George Duning Score Composer
William Flannery Art Director
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Fred Kohlmar Producer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
William Lyon Editor
Jo Mielzinger Production Designer
Charles Nelson Editor
Miriam Nelson Choreography
Robert Priestley Set Decoration/Design
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Daniel Taradash Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Picnic
1. Start [2:46]
2. Hal Carter [1:19]
3. Madge Owens [2:30]
4. New Yard Man [6:28]
5. Hal's Resume [6:23]
6. Teasing Millie [1:49]
7. Looks Are Everything [4:53]
8. The Granary [3:35]
9. Water Sports [1:40]
10. Wall of Education [3:32]
11. Male Call [1:14]
12. Howard Bevans [5:27]
13. Picnic [5:04]
14. Hal's Old Man [6:36]
15. Artistic Admirer [4:28]
16. Queen of Neewollah [5:25]
17. "Moonglow" [3:50]
18. "Ride 'em, Cowboy!" [2:58]
19. All His Fault [3:54]
20. "I'm a Bum" [4:34]
21. "Take Me With You" [6:32]
22. "You All Right, Baby?" [5:17]
23. Every Right to Be Sore [2:45]
24. On the Lam [1:49]
25. Howard's Hide-Out [4:51]
26. Future Mrs. Bevans [4:43]
27. "I Love You, Madge" [5:00]
28. Tulsa Bound [3:26]

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Picnic 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never watched this movie... for years I'd avoided it... it looked like a 'chick film'. Then once I was laid up, and it came on Turner Classic Movies. I'm been madly in love with this film since that day. The feelings from all the characters is palpable. You can feel the frustrations, the wants & desires, the angst of being forced into a box built by where you live, whom you are. (Perhaps feelings that *you* might feel in your life!) I might be crazy, but the love story within the movie makes one feel that anything is possible with love. I feel the pain, hope, dreams of the charaters in this film... something a truely great film should do to a person. The film is worth watching for the last scene alone, the final shot brings you to such a hopeful feeling, tinged with uncertainty, but hopeful that it WILL work out. You really must watch this movie, or you'll sadly have missed a fantastic part of the american film culture. This movie does what movies should do to you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite summer movies. It is everything a hot summer day should be. The Moonglow dance is the sexiest scene I have ever seen!! Denifinetaly worth a look.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truly great film which includes a great story and superb acting. Kim Novak and Rosalind Russell give outstanding performances...probably their best ever. If you like classic films, don't miss this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was very entertaining. William Holden, Kim Novak, and the entire supporting cast give cool, unique performances. I'm only a freshman in high school, so if a I can sit through this- I'm pretty sure anyone can. It's not long and boring. It actually goes by pretty fast since most of the drama happens at an annual picnic. Trust me- if you're in the mood for a good ol' lazy-summer-afternoon-movie: here it is!
FastEddyEP More than 1 year ago
Have'nt watchws it but my wife (her selection) is just crazy about it and re-watches it at least once a week, Price and Delivery very good.
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