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Joshua Logan directed William Inge's play on Broadway and carried it to Hollywood, earning Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Director in his screen-directing debut. Holden is years too old for the role but oozes sex appeal and makes a swoony stud when he takes his shirt off (or when, better yet, it's ripped from his back by a boozing Russell), and Novak is a lovely lost girl yearning for something she can't quite grasp. Arthur O'Connell earned an Oscar nomination as Russell's tippling boyfriend. The film was a huge popular and critical hit, but Logan's stiff and strident direction hasn't dated well. He makes his points in big capital letters--subtlety was never his strong point--and loses the natural beauty of the Kansas locations when he takes the climactic picnic scenes into an obviously artificial soundstage. Picnic remains a loved American classic, largely for Holden's tough-guy vulnerability and James Wong Howe's brilliant widescreen color photography. --Sean Axmaker
Such a nice movie from 1955. William Holden shines as always. Susan Straberg was so good in this too! I fun movie of a different time.Published 1 month ago by Sara
A gritty movie about a braggard drifter who rolls into town and meets the belle of the fair.
The dance entrance by Kim Novak caused quite a stir in Winnipeg and elsewhere to... Read more
Everything was great. It took a little longer to get it than I expected but the quality of the movie was perfect and it was in perfect condition.
Thank you. Read more
I loved this movie the first time I saw it on T.V. and have been hoping I could find it on DVD.
This movie is real nostalgia, acting isn't the greatest but the walk down... Read more
You know it's good:
1. It's the look on William Holden's face when he first catches a glimpse of Kim Novak coming down the stairs in that pink dress. Read more
Excellent 1955 classic starring William Holden and Kim Novak that accurately portrays the way things were in America circa 1955. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2004 by "cjrogan2003"
OK version of the William Inge Broadway play casts thirtysomething William Holden in the twentysomething role of Hal, a drifter who blows into a sleepy Kansas town on a Labor Day... Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003 by Guy De Federicis