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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 78
Notable as: Romance FilmGenre: Romance Film, Drama, ComedyNarrative location: KansasRuntime: 113 - 115 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: KansasDirector: Joshua LoganScreenwriter: Daniel TaradashMusic: George DuningCinematography: James Wong HoweStars: William Holden, Betty Field, Kim Novak, Rosalind Russell, Susan Strasberg, Cliff Robertson, Verna Felton, Raymond Bailey, Nick Adams Producer: Fred KohlmarStudio: Columbia PicturesAwards won: Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Color
Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Director (Joshua Logan)
Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic or Comedy Score (George Duning)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Fred Kohlmar)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Arthur O'Connell)
Award details: (details at IMDb)
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Picnic is a 1955 American romantic comedy-drama film in Cinemascope, which was adapted for the screen by Daniel Taradash from William Inge's 1953 Pulitzer Prize winning play. Joshua Logan, director of the original Broadway stage production, also directed the film version, which stars William Holden and Kim Novak, with Rosalind Russell, Susan Strasberg and Cliff Robertson in a supporting roles. Picnic was nominated for six Academy Awards and won two. The film dramatizes twenty-four hours in the life of a rural Kansas town set in mid-20th century United States. It is the story of the proverbial outsider who blows into town and subsequently manages to upturn complacency, shake convention, disrupt, rearrange lives and reset the fates of all those with whom he comes into contact.


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