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Picnic
Not Rated
115 minutes
Drama Romance
1956

It's Labor Day weekend, and fresh off a freight train is Hal Carter (William Holden), a happy-go-lucky drifter who's looking for a brand new start in life. A robust, handsome show-off, Hal has come to Kansas to seek gainful employment in his old fraternity brother Alan's family granary. But despite his high hopes and expectations, Hal's ambitious plans soon go awry when his sexual magnetism attracts every woman in town, including 19 year-old Madge Owens (Kim Novak), the alluring young beauty queen who also happens to be Alan's girlfriend. Also starring Rosalind Russell, Arthur O'Connell, Susan Strasberg, Nick Adams and Cliff Robertson, PICNIC was nominated for six 1995 Academy Awards®: Best Picture, Director (Joshua Logan), Supporting Actor (O'Connell), Music, and won for Color Art Direction and Editing. Joshua Logan made his feature film directorial debut with PICNIC, having directed William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play. A critical and commercial hit for Columbia, it's probably best remembered for the sultry, emotional dancing-by-the-lake scene.

Cast
William Holden
Hal Carter
Kim Novak
Madge Owens
Betty Field
Flo Owens
Susan Strasberg
Millie Owens
Cliff Robertson
Alan Benson
Arthur O'Connell
Howard Bevans
Verna Felton
Helen Potts
Reta Shaw
Irma Kronkite
Raymond Bailey
Mr. Benson
Rosalind Russell
Miss Rosemary Sydney
Director
Joshua Logan
Writer
Screenplay by Daniel Taradash; Based upon the play "Picnic" by William Inge; Produced on the stage by Theatre Guild, inc. and Joshua Logan
Producer
Fred Kohlmar
Facts
Oscars© Art Direction, Film Editing
Country USA
Language English