• Picnic (1955)


Release Date: 1955

DVD Release Date: April 18th, 2000

PG |1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary

Charming Hal Carter (William Holden) turned to wandering after a failed acting career left him loose in the wind. Interested in reuniting with an old college friend, Alan Benson (Cliff Robertson), Carter bums a train ride to a tranquil Kansas town. Alan greets him warmly, and together they join the community in a picnic celebration of Labor Day. However, his welcome quickly sours when sparks ignite between him and Alan's girlfriend, Madge Owens (Kim Novak).

Cast: William Holden, Kim Novak, Rosalind Russell, Betty Field, Susan Strasberg, Cliff Robertson, Arthur O'Connell, Verna Felton

Director: Joshua Logan

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Keywords: Melodramatic, Emotional, Small town, Friendship, Amusing, 1950s, Sister, Police officer, Rivalry, Girlfriend, Transformation, Love


Nominated Best Motion Picture
Winner Art Direction (Color)
Nominated Directing
Winner Film Editing
Nominated Music (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1957)
Nominated Most Promising Newcomer to Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1957)