Picnic

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(out of 5)


The sexual subtext of this adaptation of William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play has tamed considerably over the years, but an enjoyable, character-driven drama still remains.  plays an ex-convict who seeks out an old friend (), now a rich factory owner, in order to ask for his help in getting him back on his feet. He arrives on the very eve of the company’s annual Labour Day picnic, giving him plenty of opportunity to meet the locals of the tiny town. His attempts at trying to fit in and start a normal life are mucked up when he meets Robertson’s beautiful fiancee () and catches the eye of the aging spinster schoolteacher (). Beautifully photographed, brilliantly acted, this is one of Joshua Logan’s better Cinemascope extravaganzas.


USA, 1955

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the play by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by , Charles Nelson

Academy Awards 1955

Golden Globe Awards 1955

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