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Picnic : Restored

William Holden , Kim Novak , Joshua Logan    DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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William Holden is the hunky drifter who rides the rails into a small Midwest town with dreams of landing a "respectable" job with his rich college buddy (Cliff Robertson). Kim Novak is the small-town beauty queen engaged to Robertson who falls for the cocky dreamer, as do repressed schoolmarm spinster Rosalind Russell and Novak's tomboyish kid sister Susan Strasberg. Their unleashed passions reach a crescendo at the Labor Day picnic.

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


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5.0 out of 5 stars Banned in Winnipeg Jan. 22 2014
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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 1950's morals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars everything was great Nov. 4 2013
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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. Just faster delivery times would be great
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully nostalgic! March 20 2013
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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 memory lane ( the clothes, the cars, the fun people used to have together) is great.
Unfortunately, in the "town" scenes, you didn't see a darkly complected face in the bunch...a sad reality of movie history of the 1950's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holden Sparks, Novak Smolders, Kansas Burns May 6 2004
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In a decade of conformity and great prosperity William Inge and Tennessee Williams tackled subjects ahead of their time. Of course they in some cases had to veil the subject matter but that lead to some wonderful revelations in writing and reading between the lines. In this DVD from Colombia of Inge's Pulitzer Prize winning 'Picnic' we have one of the best films of this genre of sexual repression, animal heat, and desperation in small town America.
Most reviewers of this film might begin with the leads but I must start of with the wonderful Verna Felton as Helen Potts the sweet old lady who is caretaker of her aged mother and lives next door to the Owens family. This gifted and now forgotten character actress sets the tone of the picture as she welcomes drifter Hal Carter (William Holden) into her house. At the end of the film she glows in tender counterpoint to the dramatic ending. She is the only person who understands Hal, even more than Madge (Kim Novak). Her speech about having a man in the house is pure joy to watch. It is a small but important performance that frames the entire story with warmth and understanding.
Betty Field turns in a sterling performance as Flo Owens, Mother of Madge and Millie. She is disapproving of Millie's rebellious teen and smothering of her Kansas hothouse rose Madge. A single Mom trying in desperation to keep Madge from making the same mistakes she did. She becomes so wrapped up in Madge's potential for marriage to the richest boy in town she completely ignores the budding greatness that is bursting to get out in her real treasure. Millie.
Susan Strasberg creates in her Millie a sweet comic oddball.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moonglow moments March 12 2004
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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. ("Madge is the pretty one"--she sure is)
2. It's the way she shimmies up to him. Revealing her intentions, she never loses eye contact or says a word.
3. It's the moment he takes her into his arms to dance close--he gives a little sigh of pleasure.
4. It's the look on his face when he's dancing--that criptic smile of pleasure and sensuality--all the while knowing that she's totally off limits.
and of course the song itself. This scene in itself makes the movie and with DVD you can play it over and over and over... Not many dance scenes have stood the test of time. I loved it. What can I say--I'm a chick.
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Excellent 1955 classic starring William Holden and Kim Novak that accurately portrays the way things were in America circa 1955. The Technicolor cinematography is absolutely splendid, even more than Far From Heaven's (there is TOO MUCH color, a problem that didn't plague Technicolor movies). And that's not the only thing that makes this movie better: it shows how things REALLY were in the 1950s because it was MADE in the 1950s. There is no liberal vendetta or pro-homosexual propaganda. And that Moonglow dance...AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films of 1955!!! July 2 2003
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Wonderful. Not because of the fun it was watching it. Or the romance on screen. But because of it's supporting of the fabulous 50's era. Classic movie making at its best!
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Hal Carter is a middle-aged drifter jumping freight trains through middle America. He hops off in a small Kansas town and looks up his old college buddy, Alan Benson.Hal finds out that Hal's father owns the grainery; the richest business in town. Alan also controls Madge Owens, a buxom 20-year-old who finds Hal attractive. Hal is invited to the local Labor Day picnic. Bread-belt Americans lunch and frolic. Two babies sit in a hamster. One laughs. One crys. Suddenly, both start to cry. You watch. You laugh. It's real. Hal meets the family group, including the spinster school-teacher. A bottle gets passed around, and the schoolmarm wises up to Hal. She identifies his failed careers; she attacks his dis-jointed life-style. Stunned and hurt, Hal retreats to the nearby town river, ready to jump another freight car; ready to escape again. But pretty young Madge hasn't quite seen enough of the dashing stranger from out of town....Joshua Logan began acting on Broadway in the 1930's, advancing to directing through the 40's and 50's with real success.In 1955, Columbia Pictures tapped him to direct William Inge's hit New York play, "Picnic". The film would gross over 6 million dollars,a big pay-day for those times. Logan's "Picnic" is a tantilizing, warm visit to 1950's America, blessed with style and class.Award winning William Holden heads the cast, aided by a young Cliff Robertson, Arthur O'Connell, Kim Novak, Rosalind Russell, and a teen-age Susan Strasberg. Future star Nick Adams has a small role. Shot on location in glorious Technicolor, "Picnic" offers no fancy special-effects, no nude scenes and no CGI. It delivers character development, genuine sentiment and excellent direction. Joshua Logan would go on to direct "South Pacific", "Sayonara"and under-rated "Camelot". Read more ›
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