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Picnic (1955)

Drama / Romance | 115 minutes
2,93 46 votes

Genre: Drama / Romance

Duration: 115 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: Joshua Logan

Stars: William Holden, Kim Novak and Betty Field

IMDb score: 7,0 (9.109)

Releasedate: 11 February 1956

Picnic plot

"Unsurpassed! Unforgettable!"

Hal Carter is a wandering charmer who ends up in a small town to visit an old friend. He actually wants to ask this one for a job, but seduces the man's girlfriend. Everyone tries to convince the girlfriend that Hal is the wrong guy, but it turns out not so easy to show her.

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avatar van BBarbie


  • 11656 messages
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I've seen all of director Joshua Logan's movies. With the possible exception of Sayonara (1957), there is not one of them that could particularly appeal to me.

That also applies to this far too theatrical film. In my opinion, Susan Strasberg (Millie) is the only one who scores a sufficient, because even the almost always reliable William Holden goes off the rails. I've known for a long time that Kim Novak can't act. But yes, it has other advantages to throw into the fight.

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avatar van Mac Hammer Fan

Mac Hammer Fan

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Charming drifter Hal Carter arrives in a small town on Labor Day weekend to visit Alan Benson, an old schoolmate. Three ladies fall for him, the beautiful Madge who is his friend's fiancée, her younger sister Millie and the annoying older schoolteacher Rosemary who is eager to marry. Hal takes young Millie to a local party, where a pushy Rosemary tries unsuccessfully to woo him. However, he has more eyes for the beauty queen Madge, who is also attracted to him, much to Alan's anger...

A story about jealousy and the different ways people face and deal with loneliness. I was able to enjoy this romantic drama, which was awarded two Oscars at the time, without further ado. It's a movie genre I don't watch much. I gave this picture a chance because of the cast, which includes many well-known names. I thought William Holden was a bit too old to date the adolescent Susan Strasberg. Twilight Time's region-free Blu-ray has an impressive widescreen transfer and clear sound. Fortunately there are (English) subtitles. I think the film will appeal to lovers of drama and romance.

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avatar van pjmj


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Beautiful story that sticks. However, I thought the actor William Holden (despite his well-trained and muscular body) was too old to start a relationship with Kim Novak. In the close-up scenes I saw that Williams' face was already quite full of wrinkles and looked quite worn out. It was hard for me to imagine a young lady in her early 20s falling for such a man. This fact bothered me somewhat. The extras of the Eureka series "Masters of Cinema" featured a documentary in which it was said that William Holden was 37 years old at the time of filming. However, he looked a lot older in the movie and I felt that affected the credibility of the story a bit.

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