- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 53 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 18, 2000
- Originally Released: 1956
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Dual Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Stereo - Spanish, Portuguese
- Dolby Surround - English
- Subtitles - English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- BELL, BOOK & CANDLE
- PAL JOEY
- BORN YESTERDAY
- ALVAREZ KELLY
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
- Production Notes
- Biographies: Cast & Crew
- Stills/Photos: Montage with Music
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1955 -
Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color)
Academy Awards 1955 -
Best Film Editing
Los Angeles Times - 08/08/1996
"...PICNIC exudes the irresistible pull of nostalgia....PICNIC is a classic..."
USA Today - 04/13/1990
"...Holden and Novak dancing to 'Moonglow' is still among the moments that define '50s pop cinema..."
A study of the impact of a handsome, virile and egotistical drifter on the lives of five women in a small Kansas town over Labor Day Weekend. Based on the William Inge play. Academy Award Nominations: 6, including Best Picture, Best Director. Academy Awards: Best (Color) Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Film Editing.
An award-winning film adaptation of the William Inge play. Hal Carter is an arrogant drifter who sets off dramatic fireworks when he visits a quiet Kansas town to see an old friend. Before long he has managed to steal Madge Owens, the most attractive girl in town, away from his pal. Much of the drama takes place in the midst of the town's annual Labor Day picnic.
Among the many other memorable characters in the film are a spinster school teacher who desperately longs for the security of marriage, and Madge's jealous younger sister, Millie.
- Shot in CinemaScope. Color by Technicolor.
- Film debut for actor Cliff Robertson.
- Additional cast: Elizabeth W. Wilson (Christine Schoenwalder), Don C. Harvey (1st Policeman), and Steve Benton (2nd Policeman).
- On stage, Ralph Meeker originated the part of Hal Carter, played here by William Holden. Other members of the Broadway cast were Janice Rule (Madge Owens), and Kim Stanley (Millie Owens). Arthur O'Connell reprised the role of Howard Devans.