Picnic

Picnic

DVD - 2005
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The story covers one Labor Day week-end in a small Kansas town, and tells about the impact a virile drifter has on the lives of several women in town.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2005
ISBN: 9780767827799
0767827791
Branch Call Number: DVD Picnic
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 113 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Picnic

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swyckl
Nov 10, 2016

I recommend this DVD 50/50. It is very sexual in a subtle way. It has some violence; but, not extreme. The story plot is a little weak. The quality of the actors and their stage presence saves this movie. It is not emotional on a deep level. It is emotional shallow with people saying the words and going through the motions.

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laurajo48
Sep 09, 2015

Over the years, Picnic has become one of my all time favorite movies. The only thing funny is the fact that in the dance scene hardly anyone can dance or even keep a beat. Who cares? The emotional depth and chemistry between the characters is worth watching. Love a happy ending.

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Catwriter
Jun 17, 2015

This movie is still listed as a Comedy!!!
Absolutely nothing funny about this movie.
A good movie but read a proper summary before borrowing to make sure it is for your viewing criteria- It's NOT a comedy

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

When handsome drifter Hal Carter (William Holden, too old and too drunk for the part) breezes into a small Kansas town his bare chest and virile ways open a big can of sexually repressed worms among the local women especially beauty queen Madge Owens (a lifeless Kim Novak) who’s unhappily dating the local playboy, her bookworm younger sister who’s experiencing her first flush of hormones, and Rosemary Sydney the desperately lonely school teacher constantly horrified to find herself on the wrong side of forty (a knockout performance by Rosalind Russell). But Carter has a few shameful secrets of his own and his presence at the annual Labor Day picnic will prove to be too much for some as pretences are stripped away and emotional baggage is flung open for all to see. Joshua Logan’s ironically titled film, based on the stage play, examines the gulf between practicality and passion which often causes people to make the wrong decisions for all the right reasons. Laced with hysteria and an eroticism which belies its widescreen Norman Rockwell backdrops as well as a completely fabricated ending (the director’s idea, not the playwright’s) Picnic has become a terribly dated and overblown soap opera which nevertheless makes for some enjoyable late night popcorn munching.

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Catwriter
Jun 27, 2013

This movie is NOT a comedy, as noted in the summary provided with the movie. It explores some pretty dark corners in the minds & actions of the towns people.

The destitute drifter Hal Carter (William Holden)hitchhikes by train to a small town to visit the college friend Alan Benson, who is the son of the industrialist Mr. Benson who is the wealthiest person in town. Hal asks Ms. Helen Potts for a small job but the old lady feels affection for him and tells that nobody works on Labor Day. She gives breakfast to Hal and he meets her next door neighbor, the gorgeous Marjorie "Madge" Owens (Kim Novak)who is Alan's girlfriend. Hal is welcomed by Alan who invites him to go to the local picnic with Madge's younger sister Millie Owens. Hal is a braggart, but attractive and "seemingly" gentle, and he becomes successful with the local girls. However, he falls in love with Madge and Alan feels betrayed by his best friend. Interesting parallel of tortured love with Rosalind Russell-

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phyllis49
Mar 19, 2012

William Holden, Kim Novak, Betty Field, Susan Strasberg, Cliff Robertson, Rosalind Russell

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