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Andy Griffith enjoying the adulation of the crowd
Andy Griffith enjoying the adulation of the crowd

Thumbnail for A Face in the Crowd (1957) A Face in the Crowd (1957)

Basics Critics:71Viewers:79Rusty:82
Category: DramaNotable as: DramaSub-Category: drama film, film adaptationNarrative location: Arkansas, New York City, TennesseeRuntime: 109 - 125 minutesColor: colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: New York CityDirector: Elia KazanScreenwriter: Budd SchulbergMusic: Tom GlazerCinematography: Harry Stradling, Gayne RescherStars: Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick, Marshall Neilan, Burl Ives, Bennett Cerf, Alexander Kirkland Producer: Elia KazanStudio: Warner Bros.Awards won: National Film RegistryAward details: (details at IMDb)

A Face in the Crowd is a 1957 film starring Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal and Walter Matthau, directed by Elia Kazan. The screenplay was written by Budd Schulberg, based on his short story "Your Arkansas Traveler", part of his 1953 short story collection, Some Faces in the Crowd.. The story centers on a drifter named Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes, who is discovered by the producer of a small-market radio program in rural northeast Arkansas. Rhodes ultimately rises to great fame and influence on national television. The film launched Griffith into stardom, but earned mixed reviews upon its original release. Later decades have seen reappraisals of the movie, and in 2008 A Face in the Crowd was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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